Canada says it will review some of its visa conditions to make it easier for Nigerians to access Canada without much difficulties.
This is coming in the heels of Nigeria’s appeal to Canada to remove some of the stringent requirements that militate against Nigerians procuring its visa.
A statement by Afonja Ajibola, the deputy director of press and public relations at the Federal Ministry of Interior, said the Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, James Christoff, gave the assurance when he paid a courtesy call on Rauf Aregbesola – the minister in charge of the ministry – on Wednesday in Abuja.
Christoff said his visit to the minister was to seek cooperation with Nigeria in the areas of economy, security, technology, education and training of immigration service personnel.
The high commissioner said the training of immigration personnel would ensure efficient border monitoring and enhance Nigeria’s security.
Aregbesola told the top diplomat that easing of visa conditions for Nigerians would boost investment and accelerate economic growth in Nigeria and in Canada.
He urged Canada to assist Nigeria with technologies that would help with efficient monitoring of Nigeria’s borders, seas, land, railways and schools, saying such technologies would enhance security and increase investments in Nigeria.
Shuaib Belgore, the permanent secretary of the ministry, remarked that strengthening partnership and cooperation between Nigeria and Canada is a win-win for both countries particularly in the areas of development and security.