Nigerian Govt appeals to U.S over visa ban

The Nigerian Government on Thursday asked the United States of America to consider the long standing connection between the two country and reverse its visa limitations on the country.

Ministry of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, decided on Thursday, when the American Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, and her team visited him in Abuja.

Aregbesola said Nigeria had agreed to the greater part of the issues of concern raised by America, including that Nigeria isn’t a pariah nation.

The minister said the cooperation with the U.S. would solve Immigration and Consular issues in control of persons seeking to enter both countries through issuance of visa, passport and other travel documents.

As stated by Aregbesola , Nigeria ought to be complimented instead of sanctioned owing to relationship with America.

He further spoke to the U.S. to review its Visa Validity to Nigerians from two years limit to at least five years, NAN reports.

He likewise urged U.S. to set up a third office in Nigeria in reciprocity with the country which has establishments in Atlanta, New York and Washington D.C.

Aregebsola emphasised the need for the two nations to fortify the Security Governance Initiative between his Ministry and American Embassy through proper enlightenment and awareness creation.

The minister included that the connection between the two countries must be mutually beneficial.

He gave affirmation that the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration was not just perpetrated to internal inside security and citizenship respectability of Nigerians and foreigners alike, but also to the fight against terrorism and transnational crimes and criminalities.

‘’We are positive that visa restriction is a temporary one, it will soon be put behind us.

“President Muhammadu Buhari would commission the Nigeria Immigration Data Technology Center before the year’s end 2020, as a feature of the Federal Government’s responsibility to guaranteeing that her information is connected with security agencies globally.”

Earlier, the agent said her team was in the Ministry to share thoughts on potential methods for tending to Information sharing gap between the two country

Leonard included that America had an extremely wide coordinated effort with Nigeria, which covers immigration, wellbeing issues and security.

The agent gave affirmation of her nation’s assurance to keep on working together with Nigeria, so as to further strengthen their relationship.