Posted by Ifeoma Okeke | 27 June 2018 | 1,530 times
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has suspended the collection of $110 biometric Visa-On- Arrival policy it introduced about two weeks ago.
A source told BusinessDay that the service was not in charge of collection of charges at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos as that aspect has been concession out to private firms.
The source alleged that the biometric, which came on stream on June 12, was only implemented for two days, but was later suspended following complaints from some of the travellers who claimed that there was not enough publicity on the new policy.
BusinessDay had reported on Monday that the command introduced the $90 biometric visa on arrival and additional $20 as processes for foreigners who were entering the country despite the fact that they had already paid for visas from their respective countries.
The introduction of the charges caused chaos at the terminal as some of the passengers delayed on arrival at the airport.
But, the source at immigration said some of the services initially handled by the service had been concessioned out to private firms.
He said that the biometric Visa-On Arrival charges were being handled by Online Integrated Service (OIS) while the process charges are handled by New Works.
However, it was gathered that the biometric charges were supposed to be reciprocity as some countries around the world were already charging the citizens of Nigeria who travel to their countries.
Some the countries with biometric charges on Nigerian travellers according to investigations are the United Kingdom, United States of America, South Africa, Kenya and China among others.
The source said: “Our officers at the Lagos Airport don’t collect any charges from any traveller. The only thing our officers do at the airport so is just to profile passports of travellers and ensure that those without concrete missions do not enter our country.
“It is true that we commenced the collection of biometric charges for travellers, but the policy was suspended within two days because of inadequate publicities. But, we are not reinventing the wheel because this thing is reciprocity. Some of these countries charge our citizens the same amount of money we intend to charge them.” (BusinessDay)
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