The National Assembly has summoned the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington. Stuart was summoned over the alleged high rate of visa denial of Nigerians.
The invitation was said to be at the instance of an activist, Kayode Bello, who petitioned the House over the matter.
An investigation reported by PUNCH into how many Nigerian students seeking to study in US schools and were denied visas despite spending a lot of money on different fees revealed a lot.
Some of the fees, it was learnt, were application fees, evaluation fees, courier fees, service fees, visa fees, school fees.
The fees were said to be non-refundable.
Some of the students claimed that they were denied visas because they were not married. Others went to claim they were denied because only one of their parents was their sponsor.
A parent claimed that his daughter’s interview was cut short because she asked the interviewer to speak up.
It was further gathered that the embassy usually issued preprinted blue papers to those it rejected without giving a specific reason for the decision.
A former ambassador to the United States, John Campbell had, however, said that visas were given by consular officers on a case by case basis, adding that the refusal of many people to return home after finishing their programmes made the process difficult.
The activist, Bello, petitioned the National Assembly through a member representing the Ede and Ejigbo Federal Constituency, Prof. Mojeed Alabi, after suffering a similar fate of denial.
The summon, titled, ‘Indiscriminate denial of United States of America visa and illegal increment of exchange rate of visa fee by the American embassy’ was signed by the House Committee Chairman on Public Petitions, Uzo Azubuike.
The two-page document was dated November 27, 2018. The hearing would hold on Tuesday, December 4 at 2pm at the House of Representatives Room 429.
The House asked the ambassador to present 20 copies of his defence.
Mr Omale Adoyi, the clerk of the house confirmed the development on Monday.
He, however, said the US embassy rejected the summon.
“But we will go on with the hearing and may have to adjourn if they fail to show up,” he added.
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