Direct flights between Nigeria, Trinidad to start soon *Nigerians want Jonathan's intervention on $21,000 visa bond
WorldStage Newsonline-- President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria has assured that his country will honour the Air Services Agreement sign with Trinidad and Tobago which covers direct flight between the two countries.
President Jonathan who arrived the country on Tuesday for a two-day State visit and to attend Emancipation Day celebrations also assured that the agreement will soon become operational.
According to a statement, Nigerian Community in Trinidad and Tobago also called on the President to intervene on the vexed issue of $21,000 bond being paid by Nigerians to the government of Trinidad and Tobago as a precondition for obtaining visa, a condition peculiar to Nigerians alone.
The request was brought before the President during an audience with the Nigerian community held Tuesday night at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain the capital of Trinidad and Tobago.
Jonathan assured the Nigerian community that he would ensure an amicable agreement is reached on the vexed issue; adding that he would bring up the issue at the bilateral talks between him and host Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
He also assured his audience that his administration would address all challenges and ensure that existing relations between the two countries were strengthened for the benefit of their citizens.
In his earlier remark, the Nigerian High commission to Trinidad and Tobago Musa Jon Jen said that over 30 Nigerian Professors are employed in Caribbean, 400 Doctors and Nurses are working in Trinidad and Tobago and contributing positively to growth and development of the host country.
President Jonathan had arrived approximately 5.30 p.m. Tuesday at South Terminal of Piarco International Airport, about 30 minutes later than scheduled to a royal welcome, greeted by President George Maxwell Richards and his wife, Dr Jean Ramjohn-Richards; Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and almost all of her Cabinet, many of them in African wear; Chief Justice Ivor Archie; House Speaker Wade Mark; Senate President Timothy Hamel-Smith; High Commissioner of Nigeria to Trinidad and Tobago Musa John Jen; and other members of the diplomatic corps and other officials.
President Jonathan is in the country for a two-day State visit and to attend Emancipation Day celebrations.