—– Shae Bebeyi, Public Commentator
A public Commentator and the Chairman Board of Trustees of Chartered institute of Development and Social Studies, Mr Shae Bebeyi
has commended President Muhammad Buhari on the Visa initiative extended to African countries interested in coming to Nigeria and said it would boost the country’s economy, tourism and education
Bebeyi however cautioned the Federal government to be circumspect in the implementation of the policy as it could cause an increase of criminal elements into the country and cause further breakdown of law and order
His words “The policy statement made by the President ,Major General Mohammed Buhari(retrd)on December,11 at the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and development on Africa in Cairo, Egpyt ‘ Visa on Arrival for Africans is a ‘soft power ” approach to attract, appeal and co-opt,rather than coerce foreign Investors,foreign Direct Investment ,and to boost education and tourism.
“However, the government must look into the security aspects of the foreigners and the locals.Currently, Nigeria as a Nation is experiecing a lot of security challenges ranging from kidnapping , killings, armed robberies, Boko Haram and much more.
“So therefore, proper security checks must be in place to monitor the foreigners, secure their lives and possessions. The Nigerian Immigration Services must also be up and doing to minimize bottlenecks that may be associated with the policy. Corrupt officials be shown the way out for the system to work effectively and efficiently.
“Visa on arrival will bring down barriers that have hindered the free movement of other Africans within the continent, increase high network investors with business interest in Nigeria, its an effective and efficient means of eradicating bottlenecks associated with obtaining business visa at Nigeria missions abroad, it will lead to huge investments,employments opportunities and robust economy and will enhance the flow of foreign direct investments” he added