The United States Embassy in Nigeria has revealed further details why plan to open a consular office in Kano has not been fruitfull.
Speaking to correspondents in Abuja yesterday, the US Embassy attributed the delay to the increasing insecirity in the north. the US Embassy Information Officer, Rhonda Ferguson-Augustus noted that there was a plan in the pipeline to set up a US consulate in the Nigerian North-west State but has, for now, been pigeonholed due to the level of insecurity plaguing the State.
“Because of security situation, we have not been able to open our consulate in Kano as proposed,” she said.
When asked if there are plans to open one in south east Nigeria, She said she doesn't know of any such plans.
Meanwhile, the US Chief, Consular Section, Carol Cox, has warned those involved in visa fraud to desist from such practice, as he/she will permanently be rendered ineligible for US visa.
However, Cox encouraged Africans to show greater interest in applying for Visa in order to study or work in the United States.
She noted that visa issuance witnessed greater growth in Nigeria this year than last year, adding that visa applications are up to 45% in Abuja and Lagos is also experiencing similar growth.