Senate President Bukola Saraki on Sunday called on the Government of Qatar to end its visa restriction placed on Nigerians.
Saraki made the request during a meeting with the Prime Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani, in Doha.
He led a delegation of the National Assembly to the 140th General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Doha.
The senate president in his appeal noted that lifting the visa ban would help Qatar to showcase its vast investment opportunities, technological advancement and other achievements to the rest of the world.
He further noted that there was a need to set up a legal framework to enable skilled workers and professional in Nigeria to legally gain employment in Qatar.
“I want to commend your fighting spirit in standing up for your rights. You have demonstrated that you mean well for your people and what you have done is worth emulating.
“Both countries (Nigeria and Qatar) need to strengthen their ties, especially their parliaments. We need to collaborate to achieve many things together. The collaboration will be good for the two countries and for our people.
“I want to make an appeal that the visa restrictions placed on Nigerians be lifted. Nigerians are good people and we travel a lot.
“This restriction is not good for both countries and I urge you to reconsider your position on that. The world needs to see the good things you are doing here and lifting your visa ban on Nigerians will encourage more people to come here and enjoy your beautiful country.
“In the area of sports, we need to do more together. Nigeria is a sport-loving country. We have talented people in various parts of the world, including Qatar, doing great things in sports. If we collaborate, we will be able to develop that sector too,” Saraki said.
In his response, Sheikh Al-Thani promised to look into the visa restriction on Nigerians and ensure it was resolved as soon as possible. Y
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