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Ease of doing business: Foreign investors to get visas within 48 hours – FG

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, has said the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the constitution of a committee to streamline visa processes and acquisition for investors coming into the country.

Addressing State House Reporters after the FEC meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday, the Minister lamented that the visa processes had become cumbersome and apparently hindering the ease of doing business in Nigeria.

According to him, the Minister of Interior, the Minister of Finance and other stakeholders will be meeting to discuss the way forward, adding that the visa processes should be ready in 48 hours when the process is concluded.

He said: “The visa process is becoming cumbersome which is not encouraging investors and the ease of doing business in Nigeria.

“FEC has set up a committee to look at the present state of visa process with the aim to reducing the cumbersome nature of the process. Meaning that and the investors and tourists coming into the country will find it a lot easier to come into the country provided they follow laid down processes.

“This includes the eVisa platforms that is already been discussed. There is also the idea of every visa application being processed within 48hours. This is still work in progress. The Minister of Interior is working with the Minister of finance and other stakeholders to ensure that the visa process is done quickly and done with as soon as possible.”

“Investors, tourists would find it easy to acquire a visa within 48 hours.”

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