10 July 2016
Mr Ikechukwu Anyene, President, Nigeria Union, South Africa, has reaffirmed the union’s commitment to protecting Nigerians in that country.
Speaking at the National Congress of the union in Johannesburg on Saturday, Anyene said that the organisation assisted in the release of 60 Africans detained by the police during a protest early in the year.
He said that majority of the detained persons were Nigerians who went to renew their residency documents at the Home Affairs Office.
He said the union hired lawyers who negotiated the release of the detainees.
Anyene also said that the union sponsored some executive members on a trip to Nigeria to meet senior government officials and the National Assembly committees on Diaspora.
He said that the trip made it possible for the leadership of the National Assembly to engage the South African delegation during President Jacob Zuma`s visit to Nigeria, on issues bordering security of Nigerians in South Africa.
“We got an assurance from our minister of foreign affairs that the Nigeria-South Africa Bi-National Commission will be resuscitated, and he promised that the union will be part of the commission.
“Some of the issues that we raised require ongoing discussion, especially police brutality and immigration matters,” he said.
Anyene said that ward chapters of the union had been opened in many provinces in South Africa and urged Nigerians to be law-abiding, and to promote Nigeria’s image in the foreign land and ensure that they engage in legitimate businesses.
He commended Nigeria`s Consul-General in South Africa, Amb. Uche Ajulu-Okeke, for support to the union and protection of Nigerians in that country.