£3,000 UK BOND: Nigerians Urge FG To Retaliate

July 30, 2013 |

The Federal Government has been urged to come up with policies that will make it difficult for foreign citizens, especially those from the United Kingdom, to operate freely in Nigeria.

Nigerians, who made the appeal in separate interviews with our correspondent in Lagos on Monday, also called on the Federal Government to put measures in place to ensure that the citizens would be satisfied to stay in the country rather than seeking every opportunity to emigrate abroad.

This was the view of some Nigerian travellers, who spoke to our correspondent at the British Airways stand at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos on Monday.

Despite the outcry against the £3,000 tourist visa bond, the British government has insisted that it will commence a pilot of the scheme in six Commonwealth countries in November.

The countries to be affected by the policy, which was initially announced in June, are Nigeria, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The countries are considered to be source of “high risk” tourists to the United Kingdom.

Reacting to the development, Nigerians said that a similar policy, if instituted by the Federal Government, would cause the British government to have a rethink of its new policy, which required that Nigerian visitors to the UK pay a £3,000 bond upon the issuance of visa.

A UK-bound Nigerian student, who gave his name as Timothy Alegbe, told our correspondent that the insistence of the British government on the payment of the bond was needless, adding that it should be embarrassing to the Federal Government.

Category: Politics

About the Author ()

Comments are closed.