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The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Hungary, H.E. Chief Eddy Onuoha held his median meeting with leaders of the Nigerian Community in Budapest on 18th August, 2012. In his opening remarks the Ambassador stated that the Embassy of Nigeria was poised to protect and defend the interests of Nigerians resident in Hungary within the limits of both local and international laws. In this regard, he called upon Nigerians resident in Hungary to be law abiding, observe all local terms and shun all vices such as drug related offences and finally urged them to be good Ambassadors of Nigeria in Hungary.

Regarding deteriorating security situation in Nigeria, occasioned by the Boko Haram’s insurgency in some parts of the country, Ambassador Onuoha assured the Nigerian Community leaders that the Federal Government of Nigeria was on top of the situation. He reiterated the Government’s efforts in dealing with the situation which include its readiness to dialogue with the sect.

Turning to the epileptic power supply in Nigeria, Ambassador Onuoha stated that the Government of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was foisted to tackle the problem head on.  In this regard, he further revealed that there has been significant improvement in the power supply nationwide.

Speaking on Consular issues, His Excellency expressed dismay over the closure of Hungarian Embassy in Nigeria which was causing an unprecedented hardship on Nigerians seeking Hungarian Schengen visas. He informed the gathering that the Mission has already made a strong appeal to the Hungarian Foreign Office here in Budapest and promised to take the case further with the President. To assuage the problem the Ambassador reiterated his determination to prod the Hungarian Authorities to reconsider their action of closing their Mission in Nigeria. In a brighter note, His Excellency further informed that the efforts had started yielding positive results as the Hungarian Authorities had appointed one of its top diplomatic officers, Zsolt Maris as Ambassador to Nigeria with residence in Budapest.

On the issue of Nigerians in prison custody, the Ambassador expressed concern that a substantial number of Nigerian nationals were in detention or arrested or imprisoned on narcotic drugs related offences. To stem the tide, Ambassador Onuoha implored the Nigerian Community Leaders to monitor the movements of Nigerians in Hungary as well as to counsel them on the dangers that drugs peddling portend. He therefore advised that every Nigerian resident in Hungary should endeavour to register with the Embassy with a view to having a comprehensive details and databank of Nigerian citizens in Hungary and promised to meet with the leaders periodically.

On the other part, the Nigerian Community Leaders pledged their support to Ambassador Onuoha and members of his staff. Furthermore, he assured that all necessary steps would be taken to dissuade Nigerians from illegal acts while in Hungary.

Embassy of Nigeria

Budapest,

Hungary