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US Embassy Resumes Consular Services In Abuja



Activities picked up yesterday, at the US Embassy, Abuja as it resumed consular activities.

The embassy, in its twitter handle, @USEmbassyAbuja yesterday morning, announced resumption of full consular services at the embassy in Abuja.

“Full consular visa and American Citizen Services (ACS) resume in Abuja today. We regret the inconvenience the temporary closure of the Abuja Consular office caused. Good to be back,” the embassy said.

It was reported that the embassy had, on Aug 15, temporarily suspended its consular services in Abuja due to reasons it said were beyond its control.

It however stated that consular functions at the US Consulate, Lagos were not affected and would continue as usual.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) observed that scores of applicants who had their appointments rescheduled for Aug 24 after the suspension of services, defied the Friday downpour to meet up with their appointments.

Many of them were sighted on a queue at the embassy, waiting to be attended to by consular officials.

Few of them who spoke with NAN said that they initially had appointments between Aug 15 and Aug 23 but were informed that their appointments had been rescheduled to Aug 24.

Others also said that their appointments were fresh ones.

An applicant, a student, who simply identified himself as Jones, said that his appointment was rescheduled from Aug 15 to Aug 24.

Another applicant, Miss Busayo Adetipe, said that her appointment was a fresh one.

“I received a notification for interview from the embassy,” she said.

A source, who preferred anonymity, said that most of those who came to the embassy yesterday, were those who had their appointments rescheduled.

“That is why you see the crowd. Ordinarily, you do not find this many people,” the source said.

NAN also observed that food vendors resumed operations near the embassy.

Also, drink sellers, airtime top-up, Internet services, photographers resumed operations.

Mr Ikechukwu Valentine, a taxi operator said: “activities have picked up.

“Honestly, business was dull during the closure of operations at the embassy. But I must say that things are good again.

“Before they closed operations, I made N7, 000 on the average in a day.”

A photographer, Mr Ojo Seun, said before the suspension of consular services, he was making N10, 000 every week.



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