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Lagos condemns new UK visa system

06 December 2013, 09:39

Abuja - The Lagos State House of Assembly has appealed to the British High Commission to review the newly-introduced visa application system, which mandates all Nigerian applicants to make payments in the United States currency.

The House condemned the new policy saying that it was another attempt by the United Kingdom government to prevent Nigerians from travelling to that country.

The new online visa application payment system only accepts payment in the US Dollar via a Verve debit card, Visa or Master Card (credit or debit card) or three-wallet PAGA.

In a statement signed by the chairman of the House Committee on Information, Strategy, Security and Publicity, Segun Olulade, the House criticised the method saying Nigeria did not compel UK citizens to make payment only in Naira while applying for Nigerian visa in the UK.

"While the new payment system is good for streamlining visa application system, option of payment via naira master card should have been included since not all applicants are expected to possess a domiciliary account or Dollar master cards," Olulade stated.

The lawmakers also opined that inclusion of naira payment system will accord respect and dignity to diplomatic and trade partnership between Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

The statement called on the British Government, through its High Commission in Nigeria, to review the new visa application payment system for convenience of Nigerians.

– CAJ News


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