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                                      NIDO RUSSIA RECONSTITUTES EXCO

At the Annual General/ Dinner of NIDOE-Russia which was held in Mossow on the 15th of December, 2013, the Executive council was reconstituted in order to meet the current goals and objectives of the Chapter.

Bellow are the names of the officials of the New Exco:-

1. Dr Bashir Obasekola     -    Chairman

2. Mr Rex Essenowo         -    General Secretary
3. Dr Abayomi Samuel     -     Director of Finance
4. Dr Chris  Ugbalo            -    Director of Public Relations

5. Mr Joshua Olasehinde     -  Director of Events and Social



New Nigerian Ambassador to Russia meets Community leaders.

 On Friday, the 3rd of August 2012, a team of leaders of various Nigerian community organizations in Russia, including the Russian Chapter of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organization Europe (NIDO-Russia) was at the Nigerian Embassy, Moscow for an Introductory meeting called at the instance of His Excellency, Ambassador Assam Assam (SAN), the new Nigerian Ambassador to the Russian Federation, who arrived in Moscow a few days ago.


The meeting was very unique not only by the quickness or substance discussed, but also that the meeting breached the usual protocol we are used to when it was usually the leadership of the community that had to seek for the audience of the Ambassador before such is granted. This time around it was the Ambassador that initiated the meeting, so as to get acquainted with the leaders of the various Nigerian groups and organizations within the Nigerian Community. This meeting confirms the commitment of the new Ambassador to hit the ground running.


Present for the introductory meeting were Mr. Rex Essenowo (NIDO Russia’s Coordinator of Operations who also represented the Chairman of NIDO-Russia, Dr. B. Obasekola, who couldn’t make the meeting); the Chairman of Ohaneze Ndigbo in Russia, Dr. Emmanuel Nwaneri; and Mr. Joshua Olasehinde, representing Association of Yorubas in Russia (Egbe Omo Oodua).  Also present for the meeting were the Secretary-General of the Nigerian Community Russia, Engr. Barnabas Dazih, the Treasurer, Mr. Fabian Ezeokana and the Social Secretary, Mr John Ogachu.

The Deputy Head of Mission, Ambassador Dotun Adepoju was also present at the meeting.

Immediately the representatives of the various groups of the community present for the meeting were ushered into the Ambassador’s office by the Minister (Consular and Immigration), Mr. Felix Idigbe, it was the President of the Nigerian Community, Dr. Samuel Abayomi, who took the floor on behalf of all Nigerians in Russia to welcome H.E. Ambassador Assam Assam to Russia, and to thank him for his initiative to meet with the entire leadership of the Nigerian community organizations so fast, despite his busy schedules.

H.E., Ambassador Assam in his response said that, although there was a reception at the Embassy to welcome him when he arrived, where he had a little chat with the leaders of NIDO-Russia and the Nigerian Community Russia, but he needed to still formally meet with the leadership of the various Nigerian organizations, so as to ease communication between the Embassy and the entire Community, and as well, hear from the Community leaders the challenges Nigerians face here in Russia, in order to work out modalities in finding lasting solutions to the pressing issues.

While interacting with the Ambassador, the leadership team presented to him key issues and problems Nigerians are facing. The main issues discussed included consular matters, especially as relates to regularizing the process of issuance/extension of the e-passports and other documents in Moscow; matters relating to students’ affairs, including stipends, boosting Nigeria-Russia business/investment promotion, as well as, general welfare of Nigerian citizens residing in Russia.

Having been acquainted with the problems his predecessor Lt. Gen. Timothy Shelpidi (rtd) faced while serving in Russia, Ambassador Assam promised to deliver his service swiftly and effectively, applying new approaches, in order to help solve most of the recurring problems.

He also promised to give his optimum assistance to the entire community and urged Nigerians to be law abiding citizen in Russia. He added that, though unpleasant enough, he is aware that about 17 Nigerians are still in Russian prison cell and he plans to visit them in a forth night.

On the other hand the leadership team, in a cordial atmosphere, thanked the Ambassador for his kind gesture and also pledged their maximum support in making the work of the new Ambassador and the Embassy successful, wishing him the best experience in his new mission.

In conclusion, Ambassador Assam reiterated his desire for a general meeting of all Nigerians to be fixed, in the nearest possible time, where he would be able to meet with all Nigerians and interact in a wider forum.