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Federal Government of Nigeria Begins Comprehensive Review of Visa Policy

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Federal Government of Nigeria Begins Comprehensive Review of Visa Policy

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has initiated a comprehensive review of the country’s visa policy. The aim is to identify areas that need improvement and to establish a more efficient, transparent, and fair visa system.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, during a stakeholders consultative forum on the Nigeria visa policy in Abuja.

Dr. Tunji-Ojo emphasized the delicate nature of granting access to any country and stressed the need for Nigeria to strike a balance between access and national security. He highlighted the importance of a well-designed visa policy in promoting investment, job creation, and foreign direct investment.

The minister expressed the government’s desire to streamline the visa application process, particularly for short-stay visas and other categories, to attract the best investments and boost tourism and infrastructural development.

As the most populous black nation on earth, Nigeria is strategically working on strategies to strike this balance without compromising its economic value. The minister assured that a new implementation framework would be put in place in the coming weeks, which would enhance access to Nigeria for people all over the world.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Aishetu Gogo-Ndayako, highlighted the importance of this stakeholders’ forum in reflecting on the current state of the visa policy and identifying areas for improvement.

She emphasized the need for the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to align the visa policy with the changing nature of society, the economy, and the global landscape.

The Comptroller General of the NIS, Kemi Nandap, emphasized the importance of ease of doing business through visa access. She stated that the review team is working to simplify the visa processes, making it easier for Nigerians and foreigners to enter the country.

Ambassador Nuru Abba-Rimi, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment, also acknowledged that while Nigeria has one of the best visa policies globally, there is always room for improvement.

This article was updated 6 days ago

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