The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives, on Thursday, raised concerns over reported non-refundable N10,000 special charges on Nigerians seeking visa clearance to certain countries, by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The caucus in a statement by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon Ndudi Elumelu (PDP Delta), made available to newsmen in Abuja stated that while it was not against any genuine visa clearance measures, especially those placed to curb drug trafficking and other criminal tendencies, it was, however, concerned about policies such as fees, that tend to place undue pressure on innocent citizens.
The minority caucus, in response to the apprehensions and anxieties raised by Nigerians, therefore urged the NDLEA to take steps that would lead to an immediate review of the non-refundable fee to an affordable amount, while putting the measure to adequately sensitise Nigerians on the issue.
The caucus stated that this was especially as the contentious fee was reported to be at the behest of the “source countries” and not NDLEA and Nigeria.
It urged Nigerians to remain calm and focused on the collective global fight against trafficking in illicit drugs and other drug-related criminality.
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