“The new Nigerian Visa policy is worthy of emulation in Africa”
On the sidelines of the Tanzania-Nigeria Tourism, Investment, and Trade (TN-TIT) forum on Tuesday in Abuja, Dr. Benson Bana, Tanzania’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, stated this.
“When I arrived here, I was told that Nigeria is listed among countries allowed to approve Visa.
“The good thing is we were allowed to have a Nigerian revised Visa policy, we looked at it that it was proactive, at least for addressing the imperatives of problems of Nigeria.
“For providing open doors for travellers wanting to come into Nigeria, right from spiritual and medical tourism, I think they have moved from sixth category to around seventh.
“So what we did was to study the Nigerian Visa policy with our government and that is why we are here.
“Things which are good in Nigeria are transfered to us, so we convinced our government to start what Nigerians have done, in terms of revising the Visa policy and see what works for us.”
He explained that the aim was to take what worked in Nigeria and apply it to Tanzania. According to the envoy, the Tanzanian government has formed a team to investigate Nigeria’s visa policy with the aim of revising it in that region.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Feb. 4, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari, officially launched the NVP 2020 as the new guidelines for entry and exit of migrants. The NVP 2020 is geared towards attainment of the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and adoption of Security, Economy, and Transparency (SET) as the government’s policy thrust on ERGP.
The NVP 2020 improves the ease of doing business in Nigeria, promotes tourism, tackles existing immigration-related issues, and extends bilateral and multilateral opportunities with other countries.