JUST IN: National Assembly Summons US Ambassador Over Visa Denials To Nigerians
It appears the Nigerian authorities have gotten fed up with the sheer scale of visa rejections of Nigerians seeking to travel to the North American country.
On Monday, the National Assembly extended an invitation to the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington, over the alleged high rate of visa denial of Nigerians.
The invitation was said to be at the instance of an activist, Kayode Bello, who petitioned the House over the matter.
Punch reports that the activist, Bello, petitioned the National Assembly through a member representing the Ede and Ejigbo Federal Constituency, Prof. Mojeed Alabi, after he was denied a visa by the US embassy.
The summon, titled: ‘Indiscriminate denial of United States of America visa and illegal increment of exchange rate of visa fee by the American embassy’ was signed by the House Committee Chairman on Public Petitions, Uzo Azubuike.
The two-page document dated November 27, 2018, said the hearing would hold on Tuesday, December 4 at 2 pm at the House of Representatives Room 429.
The House asked the ambassador to present 20 copies of his defence.
The Clerk of the House, Mr Omale Adoyi, confirmed the development to Punch on Monday.
He, however, said the US embassy rejected the summon.
“But we will go on with the hearing and may have to adjourn if they fail to show up,” he told the newspaper.
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