We didn’t ban Nigerians from working in UAE, says envoy

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There is no official ban placed on issuance of work permit for Nigerians living and working in the United Arab Emirates, the United Arab Emirates’ Ambassador to Nigeria Dr Fahad Obaid AI Taffaq has said.

Ambassador AI Taffaq stated this when he received Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) at the Embassy in Abuja.

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He said just like others, he read about the ban in the social media ,stressing that the UAE has no restrictions against any nationality.

He said there are possibly isolated cases of individuals whose work visas were not renewed for one reason or the other.

Dr Obaid added that only UAE issued over 50 visas to Nigerians last week and stressed that there are thousands of Nigerians working and living legally in the UAE.

The UAE Envoy said they were optimistic that Emirates Airlines would soon resume flights into Nigeria.

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa said the clarification was really reassuring given a barrage of calls and inquiries by Nigerians within and outside the UAE on official stoppage of issuance of work permit to Nigerians.

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NiDCOM boss urged Nigerians in the UAE to always obey the laws of their host country, be good Ambassadors and excel in whatever they do.

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