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Nigerian Embassy In South Africa - An Eyesore by omobaba101(m): 4:30pm On Feb 08, 2009
The Embassy of any country is the first contact where any impression about such country can be created. If this is true, then the image of Nigeria is a terrible one in South Africa. The ministry of external affairs will do a good job to go and investigate the operations and the staff of our Embassy in South Africa (In disguise though). Let me just tell you one or two things that must not appear to be surprises to you:
1. An official staying on phone for minutes and then turning to clients - Nigerians especially and rudely saying "I'm done for the day, I don't have time for you! Sometimes these poor Nigerians, for whom the office is opened go as mean as kneeling down to beg these officials, but to no avail.
2. Dirty toilets, infact it goes as bad as not having tissue paper there. Recently, the directory papers were the 'perfect' replacement of the tissue paper in our embassy's toilet.
3. Officials yelling at clients that have been coming for the same reason for days and just sending them away.
This list could be unending if I would go on with it. The bottom line? The Embassy is a terrible picture of Nigeria. Can someone help tell the authorities in charge.
Re: Nigerian Embassy In South Africa - An Eyesore by Epiphany(m): 3:16pm On Feb 09, 2009
@poster. i feel you, i really do.
I was at the Nigeria High Commission in London and felt the same way too. I was there for the first time in April last year and what i saw was an eye sore. On getting to the embassy, the entrance was un-manned. There was no one to give directions as to where you should go and where you should not go. Other than that, there was a big pile of faeces just a few feet away from the door. Obviously, with no one to man the door and no security man in sight, someones dog must have poo'd by the door and the owner just left it there. Secondly, there was a pile of refuse waiting for collection just by the door too. This pile of refuse was still in the refuse bags and i can swear that there were about 20 bags waiting to be collected.

Well i got into the visa section and lo and behold, it was underground - meaning that there was not good ventilation inside the room. The walls were dirty, seats were not arranged properly, there was chaos everywhere. Crap. I was ashamed and upset. I vowed not to go there again unless i absolutely have to.

The reason i really felt very bad is that earlier on, i had been to the American, German and Italian and Thai embassy. These embassies were lovely and welcoming
Re: Nigerian Embassy In South Africa - An Eyesore by labiyemmy(m): 3:27pm On Feb 09, 2009
@Epiphany

The problem with the embassy is nothing out of the ordinary, how is dog poo a government problem or a ministry of external affairs problem, how are unpacked gabage cars the problem of the government, how are these government problems - you said you went to the other embassies and you noticed the difference, dont you know how well behaved and well mannered those citizens are? it is the problem of the people, the Nigerians themselves, so unruly, I was at the same place you went, come and see how unruly these Nigerians were, rushing for their passports, never obeying instructions, etc - but these same Nigerians will go to these other embassies and behave very well, extremely well - so, whose problem is it? the government or the ill behaved Nigerians.
Re: Nigerian Embassy In South Africa - An Eyesore by RICHIEBOI1(m): 12:03am On Feb 10, 2009
@labiyemmy:

@Epiphany

The problem with the embassy is nothing out of the ordinary, how is dog poo a government problem or a ministry of external affairs problem, how are unpacked gabage cars the problem of the government, how are these government problems - you said you went to the other embassies and you noticed the difference, dont you know how well behaved and well mannered those citizens are? it is the problem of the people, the Nigerians themselves, so unruly, I was at the same place you went, come and see how unruly these Nigerians were, rushing for their passports, never obeying instructions, etc - but these same Nigerians will go to these other embassies and behave very well, extremely well - so, whose problem is it? the government or the ill behaved Nigerians.
well said cool
Re: Nigerian Embassy In South Africa - An Eyesore by Epiphany(m): 12:53am On Feb 10, 2009
@labiyemmy:

@Epiphany

The problem with the embassy is nothing out of the ordinary, how is dog poo a government problem or a ministry of external affairs problem, how are unpacked gabage cars the problem of the government, how are these government problems - you said you went to the other embassies and you noticed the difference, dont you know how well behaved and well mannered those citizens are? it is the problem of the people, the Nigerians themselves, so unruly, I was at the same place you went, come and see how unruly these Nigerians were, rushing for their passports, never obeying instructions, etc - but these same Nigerians will go to these other embassies and behave very well, extremely well - so, whose problem is it? the government or the ill behaved Nigerians.

grin cheesy
O boy, i bow for you o. In fact, i am still laughing. I see your point sha! It is a pity, real pity. Our people are sooooo unruly!
Re: Nigerian Embassy In South Africa - An Eyesore by SisiJinx: 4:23am On Feb 10, 2009
Nigerian Embassies in the US are eyesores.

The one in NY. . . lawd-a-mercy lipsrsealed lipsrsealed lipsrsealed Complains that their servers are always down, the computers are always frozen or they have virus, only one person can work the new epassport machine and she is running late. Oy!!

Atlanta Nko? Heaven Help us. . . complains about how no one ever knows anything in that place.

Washington is okay, looks like what an American Embassy in Timbuktu will be like.

Customer Service for all 3 is Shittiously Craptastic!!!!!

Wow!!!!
Re: Nigerian Embassy In South Africa - An Eyesore by FBS: 8:12am On Feb 10, 2009
and we still maintain that we have a country? nah we dont.
Re: Nigerian Embassy In South Africa - An Eyesore by meexteriox(m): 9:48am On Feb 10, 2009
Are you guys surprised? Please don't be - after all, palmwine is never different from its foam.
Charity begins at home.
Re: Nigerian Embassy In South Africa - An Eyesore by hollandis(f): 12:25pm On Feb 10, 2009
@omobaba101 @Epiphany @Sisi Jinx
Ask not what your country can do for you, rather ask ~~~~~~ savvy?
Re: Nigerian Embassy In South Africa - An Eyesore by seyibrown(f): 5:28pm On Feb 10, 2009
The problem with the embassy is nothing out of the ordinary, how is dog poo a government problem or a ministry of external affairs problem, how are unpacked gabage cars the problem of the government, how are these government problems - you said you went to the other embassies and you noticed the difference, dont you know how well behaved and well mannered those citizens are? it is the problem of the people, the Nigerians themselves, so unruly, I was at the same place you went, come and see how unruly these Nigerians were, rushing for their passports, never obeying instructions, etc - but these same Nigerians will go to these other embassies and behave very well, extremely well - so, whose problem is it? the government or the ill behaved Nigerians

@labiyemmy

I have been to the Nigerian embassy in London, the service-users were not unruly. We followed theinstructions given, took tallies,queued when directed to do so etc. The only unruly people were the staff., some even shouting at the customers. Whilst we waited patiently, I saw people who waltzed in after I came in, leave the embassy with their business done. I can only assume they had some 'connections' with the 'bosses upstairs'. We, the 'unconnected long-suffering citizens' had to wait the normal 'time-frame' to get our passports back.

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Re: Nigerian Embassy In South Africa - An Eyesore by blackspade(m): 5:57pm On Feb 10, 2009
What ever happened to the visa free agreement between S.A. and Nigeria?

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