About 6,000 Nigerians had been issued visas to Indonesia in the last three years the Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Sudirman Haseng, said on Thursday.
Sudirman said the embassy intends to increase the number of visas being given to Nigerians, as the current number was small when compared with the number of visas issued to Nigerians by other countries of the world.
Said the envoy: “Every year, we issued 2,000 visas to Nigerians. So, in the last three years, about 6,000 Nigerians have been issued visas to visit Indonesia.
“But, we must say that this number is very small when compared to visas issued to Nigerians by other countries.
“The low number of visas to Nigerians is due to the lack of understanding between the people of Nigeria and Indonesia.
“And this is due to negative western media reports about unfounded situations in Nigeria and Indonesia,’’ he added.
According to him, the Indonesian Government was worried at the low number of Nigerians visiting the country and was working hard at encouraging more Nigerians to come.
He also said that the two governments were jointly working at promoting people-to-people interaction between both countries, adding: “We want more Nigerians to visit Indonesia, just as we want more Indonesians and their companies to come into Nigeria.
“We are, therefore, having talks with the Nigerian Government to see how fast and best we can create better understanding between us,” he said.