By Maxwell Adeleye
Mr Darkey Africa, South African Consul-General in Lagos, on Wednesday said that his Consulate, in July and August this year, issued about 6,000 visas to Nigerians. The latest development, according to an investigation by Blackface News is unconnected with strive of the pauperized Nigerians citizens to find their ways out of Nigeria over economic hardship.
‘’What has really become of particular interest to us is that many Nigerians are being attracted to South Africa for different purposes.
‘’We are really pleased at the growing interest being shown by Nigerians wanting to visit South Africa to test their abilities.
‘’In the last two months of July and August, we have issued about 6,000 visas to Nigerians.
‘’We believe that the more Nigerians and South Africans are exposed to themselves, the better it would be for our two countries,’’ Darkey said.
The envoy said that the South African government was committed to the implementation of agreements signed with Nigeria to promote people-to-people relationship between the two countries.
Africa also said his government would support Nigeria in the development of her tourism and agriculture sectors, to create job opportunities and enhance socioeconomic development the country.
‘’So, we believe that Nigeria’s tourism sector can also be developed through the sharing of our tourism development experience and knowledge with Nigeria.
‘’We hope to see our two countries partner to mutually benefit from sharing our knowledge in harnessing our tourism potential,’’ he said.
The consul-general said that his government would continue to sustain its brotherly relationship with the Nigerian government and Nigerians. Investigation by Blackface News revealed that Nigerians now move out of Nigeria in drove to South Africa in search of a greener pasture as economic hardship bite harder in a nation pride to be 6th largest producer of oil in Nigeria. A check at the operations of Airlines at Muritala Mohammed International Airport shows that flights from South Africa and United Arab Emirate have increased geometrically. Joseph Mayowa, a travel agent at the airport who spoke with Blackface News said Nigerians travels out nowadays to look for alternative jobs outside the shores. He said though strive to jet out of Nigeria is a plus for his business but it’s not a thing to be happy about. “If you see the number of people that want to leave this country every day, you will feel sorry for our country. Yes, the more they want to leave, the more travel agents like me make money but it’s not a thing to be happy about.” He said. Speaking further, he said “Nigeria is gradually turning to a state of nature. Something has to be done to savage this country. South Africa and Dubai are the most patronized countries by Nigerians now because of the flexibility of their visas”.