By Odutemi Odumade
Members of the House of Representatives have ordered a probe into the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of visas of 269 Nigerians by the Saudi Arabian authorities on arrival at Jeddah.
This followed the adoption of a Motion Of Urgent Public Importance, by Kama Nkemkanma and three others, on the urgent need to investigate the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of the visas
In leading the debate, the Lawmaker stated that the Nigerian travelers fulfilled all requirements before departing the country but were embarrassed to have their visas cancelled on arrival in Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Nkemkanma expressed worry that this development would hamper relations between the 2 countries.
The Lawmaker strongly condemned the act and advised
the Federal Government to urgently take diplomatic steps to protect the image of the nation, ensure full implementation of the BASA, protect Nigerian national Carriers flying into Saudi Arabia and protect the Nigerian travelling public”.
Recognizing the urgency of the motion, the House mandated its Committees on Foreign Affairs, Interior and Pilgrims Affairs to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the visa cancellations.
The committees are expected to report back to the House within two weeks for further legislative action.
Edited By Grace Namiji
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