SCOAN (Synagouge Church Of All Nation)

In the series of tips I will present here, it will highlight ways and manner you can adopt in venturing in a private trip to SCOAN in Lagos Nigeria. These tips are aimed at answering some of the questions we have discovered that needs answers to. It will also guide you in preparing well in advance, knowing what to do and getting it done.

(Part 1)

“If you would like to visit The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations, please complete the questionnaire and submit it. Please fill out the questionnaire in detail. This will enable us to deal with your request efficiently. All further correspondence with the church regarding your visit will be done through email. Please note, you must wait for confirmation of your visit from us before making any travel arrangements.”

The above statement was  lifted from the website of SCOAN . It is  meant for those interested in visiting the church. Some people have found it very difficult to understand why, in-spit of filling the form as required, they have not gotten any feedback for up-to one year or so. Others are of the opinion that it might take a while to get a response as they consider their case “very urgent”. All the mentioned worries are indeed, legitimate concerns.  Not giving up on visiting SCOAN have also prompted others to source other legal methods, to visit the SCOAN with the hope of getting help for their spiritual need.

I remember a friend of mine who aspired to play football in the big leagues in Europe and america, decided to embark on a self sponsored trip in search of clubs directly. As usual, he had relied on football agents and clubs to officially send an invite to him for trials. After exhaustively waiting in vain for a call up, he embarked on a self sponsored  journey abroad in search of the club’s. To be honest with you, he eventually succeeded in his quest of getting the signing with a club in his destination country. As I write this piece, he is happy that he took that bold step.

Visiting SCOAN on self sponsored trip just like the account of the footballer, is one of such method you can adopt in the event of waiting for too long for a confirmation from SCOAN and not getting the anticipated quick response you have hoped for in vain, so to speak.  One of the recommended steps to take will be highlighted below with the aim of guiding you in the journey of a lifetime.

VISA –

A very important ingredient when planning a trip of international nature as this, must be considered. If you are a national of a country that does not require visa to enter Nigeria, you are very lucky because, you will not be bothered with the requirement and rudiments of visa application. Click here to find out if you require visa to Nigeria. You can also take advantage of VISA ON ARRIVAL scheme available in Nigeria. This type of visa can be obtained by applying through the ministry of interior, Abuja.

The purpose of this visa is to make travel to Nigeria possible in an urgent situation were the traveler have no much time available to process their visa in their home country. To avoid the delay, an application is lodged at the ministry of interior by your partner or contact (sponsor) for approval to be issued for a visa on arrival.

Unfortunately as have being observed, some airliners that fly into Nigeria have not really appreciated the essence of the visa on arrival scheme for Nigeria. they seem to be very reluctant is taking steps to see to it that their passengers wishing to use this visa type, are encouraged to do so by verifying from the immigration section at the Nigerian international airport were the passenger will disembark. All they need do is, ascertain what and how it works.

INVITATION LETTER –

This document is meant to confer immigration responsibility on the person (sponsor) inviting you in the event of emergency. it is required to be sent by your partner, person or organisation you plan to meet while in Nigeria. In this case, SCOAN is the organisation you have planned to visit and ought to send such letter. But because the trip is being organised by you, your contact (sponsor), will be responsible for such letter as required by the Nigerian mission for visa issuance.

Invitation letter can be obtained through the hotel you plan to stay while in Nigeria or can be sent through an agent (tour operator) who by there nature, are established to carry out these type of service or can be sent by your Nigerian contact, he/she.

In the case of this invite letter, we can handle such as a package that will include accommodation, car hire and insurance. More details about these will be discussed in our next series in part 2.

There are some cities in Nigeria which are really safe to visit  due to high security measures provided by the state governments. We chose these cities based on these factors; no religious crisis, no violent crime or kidnapping, low level of aggravated assaults and robberies. The residents are practically comfortable, great infrastructures and well-developed buildings and roads, low crime rates and economic stability.

Here are the 10 safest cities to visit in Nigeria; 

1. Lagos

Even though, Lagos looks over-crowded, it is still the safest city in Nigeria. The state government spends huge sum on its security, providing well equipped response patrol cars and different security units around the city. Thousands of tourists and visitors visit the city every year and they appear to be at ease anytime they are around. It has low crime rate, no religious crisis, wonderful parks, environmental supporters and friendly people.

2. Calabar

Obudu, Calabar

Calabar is often referred to as the people’s paradise with lots of attractive places to visit. Calabar has low danger or crime rating and recently, it has experienced substantial increase in population, with economic prosperity, tourism growth and the city’s exclusive design that strengthens its safety and development. Excellent security measures with numerous police stations in every area of the city. There are many of expatriates living in the city because the government provided a peaceful and conducive environment for everyone.

3. Abuja

Abuja Residential Area

Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria is known for its well designed architectural buildings and neat environment. It houses the president and every law maker in the country, which has provided the city with well structured security measures and mobile police men who are seen all over the city.  This is one place in Nigeria where tourists are at home because they have nothing to worry about when it comes to their safety. The presence of CCTV cameras that are mounted on the streets make it difficult for crime to happen without getting it solved.

4. Ibadan

City Centre, Ibadan

Ibadan is a city that prides itself as the centre of the Pan Yoruba race and is very peaceful with well-organised structured security units around the city. Tourists who visit Ibadan can easily travel to Lagos within a 45 minutes drive because it is close to Lagos, the commercial centre in Nigeria.  Apart from the state’s security unit, it has effective local vigilant grounds that ensure that the inhabitants have no reason to fear for their safety and properties.

5. Uyo

Akwa Ibom

Uyo, located in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria, is laid-back city with rapid developmental growth that seems to put visitors at ease. There is large concentration of expatriates in this city and the safety of the inhabitants is taken care of by the huge amount of budget that is set in tackling crime, equipping the police and soldiers in ensuring that everywhere is safe to visit.  The city is blessed with scenic attractions, beautiful hotels and unique cuisine. Akwa Ibom people are warm and friendly.

6. Owerri

Owerri

Safety has become the priority of Imo State’s government as they have directed the development of the city towards economic expansion and crime reduction. The city has a vibrant economy and it’s becoming a tourist haven due to its urban planning, safety and standard of living. The government incorporates loads of security measure to help foster safety within the city.

7. Benin

Benin City

Benin, Edo State is the city of peace and hope, known for its friendly environment and considered a tourist haven with several tourist attraction centres. It is considered to be one of the safest cities in Nigeria and have a well-coordinated security patrol units. There is a low crime rate, the people are good-natured and tolerable and this has helped to lessen conflicts among the different tribes in the city. Tourists have a no fear of security lapses or kidnapping incidence because of the extensive security gadgets and personnel in the city.

8. Akure

The Cathedral Akure

Akure is the capital of Ondo State and the city is known for its peaceful co-existence between the traditional, Islam and Christianity believers. It is one city that you can visit and feel at home because the people are friendly and willing to support you. The annual financial budget on security is huge which has been able to take care of the issues of security lapses in the city.

9. Enugu

Enugu

Enugu is the capital city of Enugu, the coal city that has a lot of tourist havens like waterfalls, caves, hills, luxury hotels and gardens that have made the city one of the most visited in the country by tourists. Enugu is a dynamic city with low crime or murder rate due to the presence of Police crime-fighters, clean environment, a population of friendly people and economic opportunities.

10. Osogbo

Osogbo road

There is a significant number of Muslims in the city but the residents are living with one another without ethnic or religious conflicts. Besides, the government is focused on developing and reviving its various communities with a range of educational initiatives and programs to help enhance youths’ potentials. The city is safe for everyone and its steady economy helps to keep crime level very low.