The British High Commission in Nigeria has announced the arrival of Laure Beaufils, appointed as British Deputy High Commissioner for Lagos. Beaufils is the first female to head the UK mission in Lagos.

Beaufils who will head the UK mission in Lagos while commenting on her arrival said she was glad to be heading the Nigeria mission.

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British Deputy High Commisioner, Laure Beaufils, arrives Lagos

Beaufils said: “I’m delighted to be in Lagos and leading the UK mission here. I look forward to working with a variety of Nigerian partners to further progress the already strong UK/Nigeria relationship.”

Laure Beaufils was head of the UK Department of International Development in Rwanda since August 2014 where she managed a $100 million portfolio of programmes focusing on economic development, governance and social sectors.

She was the lead strategic adviser working for the British Prime Minister in his role as co-chair of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda.

Meanwhile, the British High Commission has made few changes to the visa application process in Nigeria.

In a statement issued on Friday, December 2, Joe Abuku, the commission’s spokesperson, stated that this new process involves only a slight change where “Visa staff now only need electronic versions of support documents” and it takes effect from December 5.

According to him, digital improvements will come to the application process for customers who are applying for a UK visa in Lagos, Victoria Island and Ikeja.