FG approves extension for foreigners with valid pass
- Foreigners with valid pass will be given an extension
- The extension will be issued to the foreigners at no cost them
- This is as a result of the coronavirus pandemic which has caused travel restrictions
The minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, says visitors and migrants affected by the international travel restriction and closure of land borders are to be issued with relevant extensions at no cost.
Sunday James, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) said in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to Aregbeshola, the vide letter ref. MI/PM/16012/S.266/V.II dated 6th April 2020, was approved in respect of visitors and migrants affected by the Federal Government’s order.
He said that the order had restricted international travels through International airports and subsequent closure of land borders.
“In the light of the above, all visitors and migrants holding valid visitors pass and resident permit with confirmed return tickets scheduled to travel out within the period of the international travel restriction are to be issued with relevant extensions at NO COST.
“This is to enable the beneficiaries reschedule their flights and travel within one week whenever the embargo is suspended or lifted by the federal government.
“However, migrants and visitors whose permits or visitors pass expired before the restriction order, must pay for overstay relevant for the period and the penalty it attracts.
“Furthermore, anyone that overstays beyond the waiver period whenever the restriction is suspended or lifted by the Federal government is to promptly comply by paying for overstay.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the minister information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has disclosed some of the strategies being deployed by the federal government to contain the spread of fake news amidst the coronavirus pandemic
Mohammed on Tuesday, April 14, on the Nigeria Television Authority, said one of the methods involves stamping false stories as fake news to alert the public.
The minister also pointed out that fake stories are reported to security organisations for appropriate action
He, however, pointed out that there is a need to educate Nigerians on the proper channels to derive credible information on COVID-19.
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The minister said the credible information on COVID-19 can be derived from the daily media conference by the task force and the media appearances of members of the task force or the website of National Centre for Disease Control which updates its information on this pandemic every minute.
Mohammed dismissed a claim that members of the presidential task force for the control of coronavirus are collecting N500,000 daily sitting allowance.
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