Lift Visa Ban On Nigerians, Saraki Urges Qatar

Senate President, Qatar

Senate President, Qatar

The President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, yesterday, called on the Government of Qatar to end its visa restriction on Nigerians.

Senate President, Qatar
Senate President, Qatar

Saraki, according to a statement by his Media Office, made the request during a meeting with the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Qatar, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, in Doha.

The politician, who led a National Assembly delegation to the 140th General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) taking place in Doha, lamented that the Visa ban was negatively affecting Nigerians as it prevents them from visiting the Middle East nation.

He noted that lifting the ban would help Qatar in showcasing its vast investment opportunities, technological advancement and other achievements to the rest of the world. While calling for more collaboration between the two countries, especially its parliament, Saraki lauded the leadership resilience of the Qatari government.

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He said there was the need to set up a legal framework to enable skilled workers and professionals in Nigerians to legally gain employment in Qatar. His words: “I want to commend your fighting spirit in standing up for your rights. You have demonstrated that you mean well for your people and what you have done is worth emulating.

“That said, I think both countries (Nigeria and Qatar) need to strengthen their ties, especially our parliaments. We need to collaborate to achieve many things together. The collaboration will be good for the two countries and for our people.

“I want to make an appeal that the visa restrictions placed on Nigerians be lifted. Nigerians are good people and we travel a lot. “This restriction is not good for both countries and I urge you to reconsider your position on that. The world needs to see the good things you are doing here and lifting your visa ban on Nigerians will encourage more people to come here and enjoy your beautiful country. “In the area of sports, we need to do more together. Nigeria is a sport loving country. We have talented people in vari-