The Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has recently accepted a recommendation of the Government of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis to appoint Mrs Tessi Ekpunobi as the Honorary Consul of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis to the States of Lagos; Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory; and Akwa Ibom.
Mrs Tessy Ekpunobi Esq is a lawyer by profession having been called to the Bar in Nigeria 1992 and has in excess of two decades of experience in immigration law practice and management experience in the UK, Canada and Nigeria.
Her professional career has allowed her to serve in several capacities on a variety of advocacy boards including Destined4Canada Ltd. Abuja, Nigeria; Destined4Canada Inc. Brampton, Canada; as well as Osibanjo and Co. (Solicitors), London, England.
Relations between our two states date back to the 1980s when medical practitioners were deployed to the Federation to lend their expertise at our health institutions. Our relations have deepened over time with the influx of Nigerian Students to pursue studies at some of our institutions. The relationship is therefore pregnant with potential with the Federation in place to benefit from diplomatic relations and to strengthen cultural ties. One area that can be explored is that of investment by Nigerian businessmen in the economy of St. Kitts and Nevis.
The appointment of honorary consuls is a longstanding international practice grounded in the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963 which defines the code of conduct.
This latest appointment is fully consistent with the Government’s thrust to expand the Federation’s diplomatic and consular presence geared towards optimizing tangible returns to the Federation. Nigeria now joins the list of nations in which the Federation’s interest is being pursued through the activities of honorary consuls.