FG’s Visa-on-arrival policy implementation, may be delayed beyond Jan.1

The Senate on Tuesday rejected the implementation of the new federal government policy on visa on arrival until it is domesticated by the National Assembly.

 

The policy is expected to commence January 1, 2020.

 

This is sequel to a motion raised by Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi based on Senate rules 42 and 52. He raised concerns over the federal government’s policy on visa issuance to Africans, stating that it will pose security problems to Nigeria.

 

He explained that the policy though, in line with the recently signed African Free Trade Agreement, requires amendment to Section 12 of the 1999 constitution that spells out procedures for all immigrants into the country.

 

The Senate in plenary summoned the Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbeaola and the Comptroller of Immigrations Mohammad Babandede.