Abuja has appealed to Canadian government to ease stringent Visa Conditions for Nigerians
The Canadian Government to review some of its stringent visa conditions so that Nigerians can assess Canada without difficulties.
James Christoff, Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria said that the Canadian Government would review some of its visa conditions, so that Nigerians can access Canada without difficulties.
This follows the Federal Government appeal to the Canadian Government through the Minister of Interior , Rauf Aregbesola, which urged them to remove stringent conditions preventing Nigerians from procuring its visa..
According to a statement from the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Interior, Afonja Ajibola, in response to the FG appeal, this assurance was given by the Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, James Christoff, when he paid a courtesy visit to Aregbesola on Wednesday in Abuja.
Christoff said that his visit to the minister was to seek for bilateral cooperation with Nigeria in the areas of economy, security, technology, education and training of Immigration Service personnel.
The high commissioner said that the training of immigration personnel would ensure efficient border monitoring and enhance Nigeria’s security.
Why Canada should ease visa conditions for Nigerians
Aregbesola in his discussion with the high commissioner said that the easing of the visa conditions would boost investment and accelerate economic growth in both countries.
The minister also urged the Canadian Government to assist Nigeria with new technologies to ease the monitoring of Nigerian borders, high seas, land, railways and schools, adding that such technology would also facilitate quick response to security issues and enhance investments in Nigeria.
In his remark, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore, said strengthening partnership and cooperation between Nigeria and Canada would enhance development in both nations, including areas of security.
Why it matters
- The Federal Government had in the past protested the unfair visa denial of a lot of Nigerians including students, visas by the Canadian Government.
- The Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada had at an event in 2020, said that he hoped that the issue would be addressed in the draft bilateral agreement, which both countries were then working on, for better treatment of Nigerians in that regard.
- Canada has been a major relocation destination for Nigerians who are seeking for greener pastures and even students.