Dalung Files Protest Against UK, US Embassies
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung has filed a protest letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama over the refusal of the United Kingdom and the United States of America to issue transit visas to Team Nigeria to the Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau, Bahamas.
Nigeria, having secured Bahamas visas, had applied to the United Kingdom for transit visas to enable the team to fly through London.
Dalung explained that the team was also made to pay for priority service in addition to the regular visa fees to expedite the process.
All necessary travel documents to support their applications were included but only one person was issued visa out of the 26 while 24 were denied and 1 still pending.
The same response was received when the Ministry of Youth and Sports took their applications to the U.S Embassy.
The Sports Minister lamented the refusal to issue transit visas despite several attempts to get the Foreign Affairs to intervene.
"We just requested for airport direct airside transit visas which will only allow them remain at the airport and change aircraft for onward journey. We will need an explanation from these countries. It is unfortunate."
The Minister in this light called for a review of such policies that hampers solidarity among nations.