UNITED States said it will reconsider its ban on some categories of Nigerian migrants’ visa.
Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mustapha Sulaiman, disclosed this while briefing newsmen at the end of the inaugural meeting of the U.S-Nigeria Forum in Abuja, yesterday.
Describing the forum as a platform where both countries can progressively improve on bilateral relations and address concerns for the benefit of citizens, Sulaiman said United States will review the ban following Nigeria’s accomplishment of almost 90 per cent of the requirements by American government which led to the ban on some categories of migrant visas which was imposed on the country in January.
According to him, Nigerian government has put a lot of efforts in meeting the requirements which was why the U.S government is re-evaluating the country.
“We have accomplished so much within a very difficult year, but essentially we want to acknowledge and put on record Nigeria’s response to the concerns by the United States government in respect of the immigrant visa restriction that was imposed on Nigerians. I want to say that we appreciate the acknowledgment and the commendations from the United States government in respect of this response. From the assessment of the recipient of our response, I think we have accomplished almost 90 per cent of the requirements that has been established in that regard. And I am sure that if you follow the information that has been passed on the level of compliance, for instance sharing of information, we have done so much in that regard. That is why I believe the U.S government is having the comfort to even re-evaluate. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have been candidates for re-evaluation. If we have to rate ourselves, from what has been done so far, we should be about 90 per cent complaint,” he said.
Also speaking, U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard commended Nigeria on the progress made in information sharing and other concerns raised by the U.S government which led to the ban.