Remove strict visa conditions, FG urges Canadian government

The federal government has called on the Canadian government to remove the strict conditions preventing Nigerians from obtaining its visa.

Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior, made the call when James Christoff, the Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, paid him a courtesy call on Wednesday at Abuja.

Many Nigerians have complained about the high number of study visa refusals, as well as long processing times.

Earlier this year, a report by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) alleged that Nigerians were being denied Canadian visas due to prejudice and discrimination.

In a statement by Afonja Ajibola, deputy director of press and public relations at the ministry, Aregbesola reportedly said transparent visa processing would boost investment and accelerate economic growth in both countries.

Aregbesola also urged the Canadian government to help Nigeria with new technologies to facilitate surveillance of borders, high seas, land, railways and schools.

He said such technology would facilitate rapid response to security issues and enhance investment in Nigeria.

Earlier, Christoff said his visit was aimed at seeking bilateral cooperation with Nigeria in the areas of economy, security, technology, education and training of immigration service personnel.

The high commissioner said training immigration personnel would ensure effective border monitoring and enhance Nigeria’s security.

Christoff said the Canadian government would revise some of its visa requirements so that Nigerians can access Canada without difficulties.