The Federal Government has officially dropped the price of visa issuance fees paid by US citizens from $180 to $150 reports Punch.
The report stated that Minister of Interior, Ogden Rauf Aregbesola, has on Wednesday, given the directive to ensure that the implementation of the reduction takes effect from Thursday, August 29, 2019.
The development was influenced by the sudden announcement of the US embassy on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 to increase its visa issuance fee payable by Nigerian.
The reason for US increase has been as a result of high price its citizen suffers in acquiring Nigeria visas. The Embassy blame the Federal Government for the increase stating that negotiations to have the Nigerian Government drop the price yielded no result.
But the ministry in a statement by its spokesman, Mohammed Manga, said a committee set up to conduct due diligence had concluded with their assignment but the implementation of its recommendations was delayed due to “transition processes in the ministry at the policy level.”
“The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has approved the decrease of visa charges payable by US citizens in line with reciprocity policy as recommended by the committee.
“Accordingly, the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, has been directed to implement the decrease in Nigeria’s visa charges to US Citizens with effect from August 29, 2019.”