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Immigration Dismisses Report On Issuance Of ‘Visa On Arrival’


Following the recently circulated publication on visa policy tagged ‘Visa On Arrival’ Issuance for Africans, the Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS) has disclosed that the alleged report is an unconfirmed and yet to be considered policy of the government of Nigeria.
Reacting to the facebook and twitter publications, the NIS Public Relations Officer, Sunday James disclosed, in a statement that the purported AU ‘Visa on Arrival’ is neither an approved Visa Policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria nor agreement signed for implementation.
His words: “The attention of the Comptroller General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede MFR has been drawn to a recently circulated publication on Visa Policy tagged ‘Visa on Arrival’ Issuance for Africans Credited to the African Union (AU) in a facebook post and tweeter which has drawn diverse commentaries from the public.
“As the Federal Government of Nigeria’s lead and foremost agency saddled with the responsibility for the regulation and enforcement of migration laws of the country, the Nigeria Immigration Service states clearly that; no such decision was in place, it is an unconfirmed and yet to be considered policy of the government of Nigeria.
“Though the AU has advocated for a ‘Single African Passport’ aimed at improving Intra-African trade and relations and has called for the abolition of Visa requirements for all African Citizens in the years to come ‘as a follow-up to the 2016 electronic African Union Passport launched and issued to heads of  State and governments’. It does not culminate into ‘Free movement on the continent without Visa in a Visa free regimes which may include Visa on Arrival at Ports of entry for Africans’ as suggested by the post.
He however urged the public to dismiss any report on the purported AU ‘Visa On Arrival’ on social media, adding that NIS will always communicate any approved government policy on Visa Issues to the public through credible and recognized means and Medium. 


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