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Government rejects use of foreign currencies for visa payments

20 December 2013, 10:04

Abuja - The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, on Thursday in Abuja directed foreign missions collecting visa fees in foreign currency to immediately halt the "illegal" practice.

Onwuliri gave the directive during a meeting with members of the Diplomatic Corps on Nigeria’s Centennial celebrations scheduled for next year.

The acting minister’s stern rebuke came on the heels of the announcement by the British High Commission in Nigeria that visa fees would now be paid in U.S. dollars from December 16, 2013.

“It has actually come to our notice that some diplomatic and consular missions now charge visa and other consular fees in foreign currencies.

“This is totally unacceptable and must be stopped forthwith; charging fees in foreign currencies is an illegal act that clearly violates the sovereignty of this great nation.

“No self-respecting nation can accept such a flagrant assault on the symbol of its nationhood, therefore, we appeal to you that you ensure that you are not caught on the wrong side of the law,’’ she said.   

 - NAN

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