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Nigeria/Namibia move to strengthen ties

Nigeria and the Republic of Namibia have agreed to strengthen cooperation in areas of mutual benefit not only to the two countries but the entire African continent.

The two countries agreed to achieve these through a Joint Commission meeting which will be held early next year (2020).

A statement by the Special Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on Media, Sarah Sanda States that this is among the major issues deliberated between the visiting Nigerian delegation led by Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama and the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and other Namibian Ministers.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama after the meeting explained that the issues regarding the issuance of visas to Namibians and Nigerians and entry into Namibia for Nigerians were also discussed and have reached very important and concrete agreements in that respect.

He said any Namibian wishing to obtain a visa to Nigeria can apply and will be considered as was the case in the past.

The Foreign Affairs Minister also gave an indication that Nigeria is moving towards a “visa on arrival” regime as part of the policy of “Ease of Doing Business” in Nigeria.

He also observed that over the years Nigeria has engaged with Namibia through the Technical Aid Corps (TAC) which is “one mechanism through which Nigeria support countries by sending out our it brightest young professionals in various fields – Medical, Educational etc depending on the needs of the country, for a period of time.”

He expressed the hope that the partnership being forged through the Joint Commission can “transform the lives of the peoples of both countries in line with 2063 framework Agenda of the African Union (AU) and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals”

Diplomatic relations between Nigeria and Namibia date back to the 2nd March 1990 following the country’s attainment of independence.

Since then, relations have been warm and cordial owing to the role Nigeria played during Namibia’s liberation struggle with the provision of financial, material and logistical support for SWAPO.

In recognition of these contributions, Nigeria was recognised as a frontline State despite her geographical location.

In 2008, the City of Windhoek renamed the street where the Nigeria High Commission is located, to General Murtala Mohammed Avenue.

Nigeria also participated in the United Nations Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG) that midwived Namibia’s independence.

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