Vis­it­ing for­eign­ers must have $200 min­i­mum – Buhari’s aide

The Punch - - NEWS - Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

Th e s p o k e s m a n f o r the Buhari Me­dia Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Niyi Akin­siju, has said that once the visa on ar­rival pol­icy takes ef­fect, for­eign­ers will no longer be al­lowed into Nige­ria with­out hav­ing at least $200 (N72, 000).

The BMO spokesman said this while fea­tur­ing on a pro­gramme on NTA ti­tled, ‘Good Morn­ing Nige­ria’ on


he said, “If we are open­ing up Nige­ria to other African coun­tries, it also means we are cre­at­ing traf­fic.

“en­ter­ing this coun­try will not be a her­culean process. It is a process that is made easy for other cit­i­zens to come into Nige­ria and you can­not come into Nige­ria with­out hold­ing at least $200. What that tells you is that the $200 will get into our econ­omy. You can imag­ine if you mul­ti­ply that by a mil­lion peo­ple over a 12-month pe­riod.”

But the spokesman for the Nige­ria Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice, Mr Sun­day James, told The PUNCH the agency was un­aware of any pro­vi­sion that states that a for­eigner must pos­sess $200 be­fore en­ter­ing Nige­ria.

James said, “Is the fel­low that spoke an of­fi­cial of im­mi­gra­tion? We are not aware of any such re­quire­ment. he was prob­a­bly speak­ing in his own ca­pac­ity. I will, how­ever, ad­vise that you reach out to the Nige­ria Cus­toms Ser­vice.”

The spokesman for the NCS, Mr Joseph At­tah, did not re­spond to calls on Mon­day.

•L-R: As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor, Ad­min­is­tra­tions and Hu­man Re­sources, La­gos State Lands Bureau, Mrs Sade Awo­bodu; Mr Kunle Awo­bodu; Min­is­ter of In­te­rior, Rauf Aregbesola; and the im­me­di­ate past pres­i­dent, Nige­rian In­sti­tute of Build­ing, Mr Ken­neth Nnabuife, dur­ing the in­vesti­ture of Awo­bodu as the 20th pres­i­dent of NIOB in Abuja... on Fri­day. Photo: Olatunji Obasa

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