Alhaji Olaniyi Adegbite, a Chartered tax practitioner, accountant and Manager, absolved Britain for taking the decision.
His words: “The British government policy on the visa bond fee wouldn’t affect someone like me because I have been travelling for God knows how long and the record is there. But it would affect Nigerians who are yet to travel.
It is not funny because the UK economy is deteriorating, mainly because of overpopulation of the illegal immigrants. There is nothing there, we go there to spend our hard-earned money. I honestly think there is no big deal about the British government’s new visa proposal. After all, some other countries have done so in the past. South Africa is doing it and it is an African country.
When the South African government started it, nobody challenged it. Why so much noise on this? South Africa asked applicants to pay N120,000 to N150,000 and the money is not refundable. Why as a Nigerian would you get a three-month visa and after three months, you abscond? There are three types of visa, try and abide by the type of visa you apply for.
And as for the diplomatic relationship between Nigeria and the UK, that is the issue at hand. The Nigerian government should take it up amicably with the British government because of their cordial relationship. The British also do business in Nigeria; hence it is a two-sided coin.
I don’t think the British government would intentionally jeopardise this cordial relationship. My only concern is that it wouldn’t affect good Nigerians seeking to travel for genuine reasons. However, this policy will have multiple effects on everybody involved.
It would spoil the cordial relationship between the two countries. The airlines will suffer because passengers will be few, the economy in Britain will suffer because tourists will become few and money wouldn’t be made in hotels and other places.
My advice is that the two countries should come together and reach an understanding – perhaps to cut down on the bond fee. Nigerians should become honest people so that policies like this wouldn’t target them in future.