All things being equal, Nigeria and the United States would discuss the immigration visa restriction on the country on Monday at the Bi-National Commission meeting in Washington D.C.
Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama and his inter-agency delegation will attempt to reverse the restriction which is planned to take effect on February 21.
Established 10 years ago, the Bi-national Commission is the premiere platform of engagement between Governments of the U.S. and Nigeria to expand cooperation and advance shared goals.
The BNC has continued to serve as a veritable mechanism for sustained bilateral high-level dialogue to promote and coordinate diplomatic, economic, military, technical, cultural and social cooperation between Nigeria and the U.S.”
It was learnt that the Federal Government has opened talks with some U.S. diplomats and officials on how to vacate the sanction.
Some Federal Government officials, and a few respected cabinet members, are the arrow head of the lobbying by the Federal Government in the last 48 hours.
“The government is lobbying by presenting facts and figures to enable the U.S. to appreciate the position of the country.
“So far, we have had mutual talks with some of these officials and diplomats. By the time we sustain the lobbying in the next few weeks at home and abroad, we are hopeful of a review.