- The United States of America recently placed visa bans on Nigeria, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar
- It also placed restrictions on Tanzania and Sudan with respect to the popular visa lottery scheme.
- The Nigerian government has set up a committee to work towards reversing the ban imposed by the USA
President Donald Trump of the United States of America recently placed visa bans on a number of countries.
The affected countries are Nigeria, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar, with Tanzania and Sudan facing restrictions with regard to the popular visa lottery scheme.
The ban implies that the USA would no longer issue immigrant visas to Nigerian applicants.
The penalty is in recognition of Nigeria’s unsatisfactory information sharing standards.
Seni Sulyman, vice president of global operations at Andela, argued that “more than anything else, it’s the kind of thing that sends the wrong signal to people that are interested in Nigeria. Visa restrictions and the negative connotations they often imply creates extra scepticism among people that might be interested but are not already involved.”
The ban comes at a time when Nigeria’s ecosystem has developed to become the dominant force in the technology workspace.
The Nigerian government has meanwhile set up a committee to work towards the lifting of the restrictions.
The committee is expected to ensure that security and information sharing standards as set by the USA are met.
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