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'Visa racketeering on decline in UK'

14 August 2013, 12:34

London - Abba Moro, Minister of Interior, has expressed satisfaction with the partnership between his ministry and companies managing the visa process centre in the UK, adding it had brought a decline in "visa racketeering''.

Moro, who toured facilities at the "Overseas Integrated Services'', told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the partnership had addressed the challenge of visa racketeering.

The service centre was established in 2012 to, among other functions, ensure a speedy visa issueing and collection process.

The centre currently operates outside the Nigeria High Commission.

The minister, while lauding the centre's activity, said that the high technology machines and biometric facility were of international standard.

He promised to deploy more e-passport facilities to other parts of Europe, adding that the response of Nigerians had been impressive.

In a related development, Moro also met with St. John Bletso, a member of the British Parliament, and discussed government's efforts in tackling security challenges in the country.

While briefing Bletso on reforms by government to attract more foreign direct investment to the country, he noted the growing interest of British investors in non-oil sectors of the country's economy

 - NAN


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