FG begs the United State of America to consider the long standing relationship between the two countries and reverse the Visa Ban on Nigeria. this Visa restriction is affecting us seriously and also it block us for our business.
Mr Mohammed Manga, the Director Press and Public Relations,and also Ministry of Interior,according to the statement said by the minister of Interior,Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesolo, put a call through on Thursdays.
Manga open up to Aregbesola, made the call when the America Ambassador to Nigeria,Mary Leonard, and her team paid him visit in Abuja.
Aregebsola declared to Nigeria Government to believed that the cooperation with the U.S. would help address Immigration and Consular issues in control of persons seeking to enter both countries through the issuance of visa, passport and other travel documents.
The minister said as the Chairman, Presidential Committee on the Citizen Data Management and Harmonization, he was bold to say that Nigeria had complied with most of the issues of concern raised by America.
He said this includes but not limited to the uploading of over 700 stolen or lost Passports on the Nigeria Immigration Service’s Database,’ saying Nigeria is not a pariah nation.
According to Aregbesola, he said he believed Nigeria was too important to US to deserve such a sanction. He said that Nigerian should be commended rather than sanctioned.
He further beg the U.S to look into this Visa ban to Nigeria from two years limit to at least five years.He also beg the U.S to establish their third office in Nigeria.
Aregbesola speaks on the need for both countries to strengthen the Security Governance Initiative between his Ministry and American Embassy through proper enlightenment and awareness creation.
Aregbesola hinted that President Muhammadu Buhari would commission the Nigeria Immigration Data Technology Centre before the end of the year 2020, as part of the Federal Government’s commitment to ensuring that her data is linked with security agencies globally.
Leonard added that America had a very broad collaboration with Nigeria, which covers immigration, safety issues and security.
Corroborating the minister’s comment, the Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, said the country had improved on her border management through its Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS).