Amb. Deopoldo Rovayo, the Ecuadorian Ambassador to Nigeria, said his country and Nigeria have agreed to sign a visa-free agreement to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.
Mr Rovavo made the announcement in Abuja when he paid a courtesy visit to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Olukunle Bamgbose.
The Ambassador said the purpose of his visit was to strengthen bilateral ties between his country and Nigeria, especially in the communication sector.
According to him, it is also to initiate an agreement between the two nations to enable their nationals to visit each other’s country without having to apply for visa.
He said this was necessary because the number of Nigerians in Ecuador were now increasing more than before.
The envoy said that there were approximately about one thousand Nigerians living in Ecuador and that the number would continue to rise.
Bamgbose assured the envoy that the Federal Government would work with Ecuador on how to implement the non-visa agreement.
He said that the two countries agreed on how they could strengthen ties as both nations were witnessing increases in trade.
According to him, Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product is stabilising and growing.
Bamgbose said that in the next two to three years, the growth of the Nigerian economy would surpass that of most countries in Latin America.