In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 11th, August, 2020

‘We Will Reciprocate Visa Ban And Journey Restrictions By Any Nation That Imposes It On Us’

'We Will Reciprocate Visa Ban And Travel Restrictions By Any Country That Imposes It On Us'

Babandede

Muhammad Babandede

The comptroller-general of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede has acknowledged that they are going to be reciprocating journey bans and restrictions on Nigeria by any nation.

The Immigration CG who stated this in response to the inclusion of Nigeria by the US to its listing of nations with visa restrictions, advised TheSignature50 journal that Nigeria additionally has the precise to dictate who it permits in or restricts entry from.

Babandede Mentioned;

“I can inform you that US is a rustic, it’s a nation like Nigeria. They’ve the precise to limit who will enter their territory or not identical to we are able to prohibit US citizen or whomsoever from getting into Nigeria.

“So that they have the precise, however I would like folks to know that Visa restriction will not be a Visa ban, it’s a ban for individuals who need to take residency not individuals who need to go for brief visits.

“You might be conscious that President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR simply launched a brand new visa coverage for Nigeria, the visa coverage has 79 courses of visa. So, we will probably be ready to say to nations, should you permit us for brief visits we are going to permit you for brief visits and should you cease us from different visits, we do the identical, as a result of the brand new visa coverage is predicated on reciprocity.

“So, we are going to check this for a yr and see those that reciprocate and we take actions for individuals who do in any other case.”

On his achievements up to now since being appointed head of the NIS, Babandede stated;

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“Once I got here on board, I used to be actually ashamed to seek out Immigration workplace, particularly instructions been stored in federal secretariat, we’re regulation enforcement company, we ought to not be in a Federal Secretariat. So i made a dedication to myself that yearly, I need to fee two new buildings – instructions.

“And now we have developed a mannequin for every command. I’m glad to say that 2017, we did two – Kano and Jigawa, 2018 we did two – Plateau and Abia, and 2019 we did three – we commissioned Adamawa, Zamfara and Uyo.

“This yr 2020, God’s prepared we are going to fee round 5 or eight, relying on the supply of fund.”

 

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