The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has expressed serious concerns over reported non-refundable N10,000 fee for Visa Clearance to certain countries, by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The caucus in a statement by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu on Thursday 25th March, 2021 stressed that while they are not against any genuine Visa Clearance measures, especially those placed to curb drug trafficking and other criminal tendencies, they are however concerned about policies such as fees, that tend to place undue pressure on innocent citizens.
“The Minority caucus, in response to the apprehensions and anxieties raised by Nigerians therefore urges NDLEA to take steps that will lead to the review of the non-refundable fee to an affordable amount, while putting measure to adequately sensitize Nigerians on the issue.
“This is especially as the contentious fee is reported to be at the behest of the “source countries” and not NDLEA and Nigeria,” the Caucus stated.
The Caucus however, urged Nigerians to remain calm and focused in the collective global fight against trafficking in illicit drugs and other drug related criminality.