He recently revealed that the nation is making progress on the reversal of U.S suspension of the issuance of “immigrant visas” to Nigerian passport holders.
According to him, 2 out of the 6 areas of concern raised by the United States have been fully addressed, so he expects a positive result soon.
He then hailed the committee in charge for its patriotic diligence in carrying out the assignment and promised Nigerians and the international community that the issue will be resolved very soon.
His words, “I also note the progress made by Nigeria towards the removal of the visa restrictions as two out of the six areas of concern raised by the United States have been fully addressed, two are substantially satisfied while some progress is being made on the remaining two.
“I am delighted that this progress, especially the uploading of lost and stolen passports and travel documents has been acknowledged by the United States government.”
“In consideration of the fact that the concerns raised cast doubts on the credibility of the nation’s citizen identity data management system, the scope of the committee’s assignment was expanded to include strategies to harmonize the various citizen identity data held by different government ministries, departments and agencies.
‘‘I have gone through the highlights of the report and must commend the chairman and members of the committee for painstakingly carrying out the assignment in spite of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
‘‘The recommendations as highlighted are capable of addressing the concerns raised by the US government as well as lead to the development of a reliable national citizen identity data management system.”
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