Uneasy calm has gripped senior officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service, over the failure to implement government new policy on no-visa entry for investors.
The issue took a different dimension on Tuesday, as work almost came to a standstill when it was heard that names of defaulting officials were being compiled by the supervisory ministry.
Visits at some regional offices of the Service showed some of the staff literally washing their hands off from a recent complaint said to have been leveled against Nigerian officials by would-be investors from the Far East countries, including South Korea and Japan.
It could be recalled that in its bid to lure back foreign investors, who left the country in the wake of government’s stringent measures, aimed at controlling the fall of naira value over dollar, the federal government announced introducing visa-on-arrival policy programme.
The policy is supposed to make it possible for visitors, including tourists and portfolio investors to come into the country and be issued visa upon arrival at any of Nigeria’s international point of entry.
But the complaints received from some officials of some embassies in the country implicated officials at the borders for having frustrated visa processing for those, foreigners that had taken advantage of the policy to come in.
A source at the Presidency said the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari was drawn to the development adding that the Minister of Internal Affairs was asked to look into the matter.
“From the complaint, all officials at the international airports: immigration, customs, NDLEA and the DSS were supposed to be investigated on this. But it was the Immigration that was alleged to have been more culpable,” the source disclosed.
But a senior official of the service speaking strictly on condition of anonymity confirmed that though there has been intention of government to liberate visa issuance in the country, there has not been any serious commitment towards implementing this.
“Till date, apart from the verbal statement, there is yet to be a legislature amending the old order, otherwise, whoever does anything to the contrary is on his or her own,” he said.
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