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Reps slam new British visa policy

25 June 2013, 13:02

Lagos - As the Nigerian government remain mum on United Kingdom's proposed visa requirements for Nigerians intending to enter the European country, the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs slammed the move as 'discriminatory and unacceptable.'

Chairman of the committee, Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje, in a statement said such a policy was not in the best interest of Nigeria and Nigerians.

“This is totally discriminatory and unacceptable”, she said.

Eledu-Ukeje said as a Committee on Foreign Affairs, the House of Representatives would take a 'critical look at the policy' as it affects Nigerians and come up with a way forward.

Her comments follow reports that the UK government proposed Nigerians and nationals from several other countries pay £3 000 before they can secure a visa.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru, said Nigeria was yet to receive any official communication from the UK government.

Ashiru however said Nigeria 'will do everything within its means to protect its citizens from any harsh policy by any country.'

“We have received no official communication from the UK government. When we receive communication from them, we will study whatever proposal they bring and know what to do.

"But I can assure all Nigerians that the government will defend the interest of Nigerians by whatever means we can. So, when we get their proposal we will study it and we will see how we can guide ordinary Nigerians,” Ashiru said.

- CAJ News


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