Visa Clearance: Reps Concerned Over Non-refundable Fee of N10,000 charge

The caucus urges Nigerians to remain calm and focused
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House of Representatives, Nigeria

Summary

The House Minority Caucus has expressed concern about the alleged non-refundable fee of N10,000 paid by Nigerians to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), requesting Visa clearance to some countries.

While the caucus is not opposed to any genuine Visa clearance initiatives, especially those put in place to tackle drug trafficking and other criminal tendencies, it is concerned about policies such as fees that appear to put undue pressure on innocent people, according to a statement released by Minority Leader of the House, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu on Thursday.

“The Minority caucus, in response to the apprehensions and anxieties raised by Nigerians, therefore urges the NDLEA to take steps that will lead to an immediate review of the non-refundable fee to an affordable amount, while putting measures to adequately sensitize Nigerians on the issue.

“This is especially as the contentious fee is reported to be at the behest of the ‘source countries’ and not NDLEA and Nigeria.

“The caucus urges Nigerians to remain calm and focused in the collective global fight against trafficking in illicit drugs and other drug related criminality”,
it said in the statement.