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- It’s insult to the country; designed to milk gov’t officials – Foreign Min. source
United Kingdom has launched a Super Priority Visa Service in Nigeria to allow customers to process their applications within 24 hours for £750. But Nigerians are protesting the development describing it as an insult to the country.
In a statement posted on its website, the British high commission yesterday said the new service was to particularly meet the needs of those requiring urgent traveling service.
The statement said Paul Arkwright, British high commissioner to Nigeria, hailed the introduction of the super priority visa service in Nigeria.
“I am pleased to see the super priority visa service being launched in Nigeria,” he reportedly said; adding, “this comes with an additional cost but is designed to give greater flexibility to our customers and underlines our strong commitment to improving the visa services we offer.
“We expect this new service to be particularly useful for business. We understand that business opportunities and urgent requirements can arise at very short notice.
“We recognise this and want to facilitate such travel to the UK with this new super-fast service.”
However, the development immediately elicited reactions from Nigerians who argued that the new visa regime is “designed to milk Nigerians.”
According to a top presidency official in Abuja last night, “it is an insult to Nigerians. When the value of the British pound is falling everywhere in the world, why are they increasing their visa fees here. No matter what name they call it, I see it as exploitation of the highest order.”
Nigerian Pilot learnt also last night that aware of the clumsy manner Nigerian government officials conduct their affairs, especially with most of them not processing their travelling documents until few days to their scheduled appointments abroad, the new visa regime is designed to milk such government officials who in their desperation would want to pay any price to get their visa issued.
A director in the foreign affairs ministry who volunteered his reaction on condition of anonymity also, said that “even if the new regime has to do with our falling exchange rate, it does not warrant this. What the British High Commission should be doing is assisting us to rebuild our economy and organize things. This is a big shame on Nigeria.”
At press time last night, there was no official reaction from the foreign affairs ministry.