The Nigerian community in South Africa says it has set up a legal desk to provide free legal services to members in that country.
Mr Adetola Olubajo, President, Nigeria Union, South Africa, said at the inauguration of newly elected officers of the union in Pretoria that the desk would be headed by a practicing lawyer.
“ We want Nigerians in South Africa to have free legal services, led by a qualified and practicing lawyer, the union`s Secretary-General, Mr Emeka Ezinteje, said in a statement.
Other bodies inaugurated by the union as part of its programmes are National Help Desk, Hotlines, Skills Acquisition, and Entrepreneurship Programme.
Olubajo stressed the importance of peace and unity among the various Nigerian communities in South Africa.
“ Unity of purpose is the key to every sustainable development. Continuous progress can only be achieved in a peaceful environment,” he said.
The President also stressed the importance of using the legal mechanism of South Africa.
Mr Ogboro Omoh, legal officer of the union, said that services of the desk was free and urged Nigerians to contact it to seek redress.
Immediate past President of the union, Mr. Ikechukwu Anyen was honoured with Grand Patron.
Other Nigerians in South Africa honoured as patrons are Prof. Olalekan Ayo-Yusuf, Dr Benson Okoli, Dr Sola Irinoye, Dr Babatunde Ilori, Dr Emmanuel Chukwuma, Chief Anayo Iwgilo, Chief Benson Nwaogwugwu and Chief Charles Iguwa.
Nigeria`s high commissioner to South Africa, Amb. Ahmed Musa Ibeto, was represented by Mr Zachariah Ifu, minister in charge of consular matters at the high commission, Mr Ibrahim Nayaya, head of the chancery at the consulate, represented the Consul General, Mr Godwin Adama.
Mr Adetola Olubajo, President, Nigeria Union, South Africa, (L) receiving a certificate from Mr Ibrahim Nayaya, the Head of Chancery, Nigerian Consulate, South Africa. (NAN)