FG moves to end U.S. visa restrictions on Nigeria

Written by on August 14, 2020

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari yesterday expressed confidence that Nigeria was making progress to reverse the United States suspension of the issuance of “immigrant visas” to Nigerian passport holders. The President, who spoke while receiving report of the Committee on Citizen Data Management and Harmonization, chaired by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, expressed delight that two of the six areas of concern raised by the United States had been fully addressed. President Buhari had set up the committee in February this year, following the imposition of temporary visa restrictions by the American government on Nigerian passport holders. In a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President noted that the  suspension, which came into effect on February 21, 2020, didn’t apply to other U.S. visas, such as those for official, business, tourism and student travel. He commended the committee for its patriotic diligence in carrying out the assignment, assuring Nigerians and the international community of the timely implementation of the committee’s recommendations after due consideration. He said: “I also note the progress made by Nigeria towards the removal of the visa restrictions as two out of the six areas of concern raised by the United States had been fully addressed, two are substantially satisfied while some progress is being made on the remaining two. “I am delighted that this progress, especially the uploading of lost and stolen passport and travel documents has been acknowledged by the United States Government.” The committee had among other things, recommended the establishment of a National Criminal Information Management, fashioned after the INTERPOL model, and a National Criminal DNA Laboratory, to aid criminal investigation, administration of criminal justice as well as sharing of relevant information.


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