No less than 500 Nigerians domiciled in the United Arab Emirates have lost their jobs and are effectively stranded. This comes four months after the UAE government suspended the issuance and renewal of Direct Employment Visa for Nigerian citizens.
The majority of Nigerians caught in this quagmire have reportedly returned home but hundred still remain in the UAE in the hope that there would be a reversal of the decision.
Dr Fahad Al Taffaaq, the UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, stated that there was no official communication on the development. Taffaq’s comments were made during an official visit by Abike Dabri-Erewa, the Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission.
Taffiq unequivocally stated that the the UAE had NO RESTRICTIONS against any nationality.
A Dubai based activist, Oluwatosin Fadoju, opined that the UAE was using the policy as punishment against Nigeria, stating that the Nigerian government was not doing enough to seek out a resolution.
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