Lagos Assembly condemns new UK visa payment system

The Lagos State House of Assembly, on Thursday, condemned the newly introduced visa application payment system of the British Embassy in Nigeria, alleging that the British Government enjoys forcing insensitive policies down the throat of Nigerians who travel to the UK for various reasons.

Reacting to the new payment system, which accepts payment for visa fees to be deposited only in dollars, through a statement signed by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Strategy, Security and Publicity, Segun Olulade, the House criticised the method, maintaining that Nigeria does not introduce such harsh policies on British citizens visiting Nigeria and does not compel them to make payment only in naira while applying for Nigerian visa in the UK.

The new visa application payment system only accepts dollars via a Verve debit card, Visa or Master Card (credit or debit card) or three-wallet PAGA.

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According to Olulade, in the statement, “while the new payment system is good for streamlining visa application system, option of payment via naira master card should have been included since not all applicants are expected to possess a domiciliary account or dollar master cards.”

The lawmakers also opined that inclusion of naira payment system will accord respect and dignity to diplomatic and trade partnership between Nigeria and the United Kingdom. He, however, called on the British Government through its High Commission in Nigeria to review the new visa application payment system for convenience of Nigerians.

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