Nigeria high commission in Canada, ,announced an immediate suspension of activities despite several passport renewal requests from Nigerians in the country.
According to the commission, directives from the Federal Government in Nigeria and public health guidelines issued by the province of Ontario informed by the COVID-19 pandemic indicated a need to close the mission to the public and work from home which is how many Government agencies are presently operating.
In a statement provided on its website, titled ‘NOTICE ON PROVISION OF CONSULAR SERVICES’ the embassy hinged the decision on the fact that people show up at the chancery without an appointment and insist on being attended to even on days when we were not open to the public at all.
The mission said it realized that several Nigerians have compelling passport renewal requests and they wanted to be able to assist such individuals in a responsible manner.
The commission described the act as an unnecessarily hostile and totally unacceptable one, noting that no embassy would tolerate conduct that puts the lives of its staff members at risk.
“We are closing down the embassy and we shall be considering ways to make our premises more secure and less susceptible to unruly behaviour and violent mob action,” it said.
Source: Naija News