Jubilation, excitement as South American country gets set to sign visa-free agreement with Nigeria

– Ecuador’s ambassador to Nigeria says his country has agreed to sign a visa-free agreement with Nigeria

– The agreement would enable respective nationals to visit each other’s country without having to apply for a visa

– The envoy was assured that the federal government would work with his country towards the implementation of the agreement

Ecuador’s ambassador to Nigeria, Deopoldo Rovayo, has disclosed that his country and Nigeria have agreed to sign a visa-free agreement to strengthen bilateral relations.

The development was made public on Wednesday, June 20, during a courtesy visit to the permanent secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb Olukunle Bamgbose, The Punch reports.

Plusmila.com gathers that Rovayo said the aim of the visit was to initiate an agreement between the two countries, so that respective nationals would be able to visit each other’s country without having to apply for a visa.

He also said it was to strengthen bilateral ties between both countries, especially in the communication sector.

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He said: “The purpose of my visit was to further cement the bilateral relations between Ecuador and Nigeria. The two countries have agreed to sign an agreement to enable our citizens to visit each other without a visa.

“There are approximately about one thousand Nigerians living in Ecuador, and the number would continue to rise.”

On his part, Bamgbose pointed out that Nigeria and Ecuador are witnessing increases in trade; and stated that both countries agreed on how they could strengthen ties.

He assured the Ecuadorian envoy that the federal government would work with his country towards the implementation of the non-visa agreement.

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Meanwhile, Plusmila.com previously reported that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed that Nigerians may not need visas to travel to eight African countries anymore.

According to the head of the ministry, Geoffrey Onyeama, the federal government was having discussions with these countries; and plans had been concluded to sign the agreement with them.

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