The governments of Nigeria and South Africa have both agreed to issue 10-year visa to business owners, academics and frequent travelers in a deal aimed at mending broken brides. The agreement was reached at the successful closing of the 9th Bi-National Commission of South Africa and Nigeria meeting in Pretoria, South Africa.
According to a report by Nigerian news outlet, Guardian, The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, revealed that the agreement was reached in a meeting co-chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari and President Cyril Rammaphosa of South Africa, as both presidents preside for the first time since the Bi-National Commission was elevated.
The decision was taken to encourage more people-to-people contacts among citizens of both countries and further strengthen socio-cultural, economic and political relations.
Both countries also agreed to re-establish the consular forum, which is a structured arrangement where both governments meet regularly, at least twice in a year, to discuss the citizens.
Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr. Naledi Pandor, signed the minutes of the 9th session of Bi-National Commission.
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