BEVERLY HILLS, September 16, (THEWILL) – Top Nigerian officials met Tuesday with their counterparts in the United States government to review Nigeria’s steps towards correcting the lapses in its immigration database that caused the visa ban on some categories of Nigerians.
The meeting which was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was attended by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Amb. Mustapha Sulaiman, who led the Nigerian delegation, while the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard led the American delegation.
Also in attendance were the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Mr. Muhammad Babandede, and other senior officials from various concerned departments.
Ambassador Sulaiman said Nigeria has accomplished at least 90 per cent of the requirements demanded by the US government on the matter following President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on January 31, 2020, which expanded the curbs on immigration visas to Nigeria and six other countries for failing to meet the US Security and information sharing standards.
In a briefing with foreign affairs correspondents, Sulaiman said Nigeria has worked tremendously to deliver on the requirements, which is why the US government is re-evaluating the visa restrictions.
“We have accomplished so much within a very difficult year, but essentially, we want to acknowledge and put on record Nigeria’s response to the concerns by the United States government in respect of the immigrant visa restriction that was imposed on Nigerians.
“I want to say that we appreciate the acknowledgment and the commendations from the United States government in respect to this response,” Sulaiman said.