By Ebi Kesiena
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Fahad Obaid AI Taffaq, says there is no official ban placed on issuance of work permit for Nigerians living and working in the UAE.
He said just like others, he read about the ban in the social media, stressing that the UAE has no restrictions against any nationality.
Ambassador AI Taffaq stated this when he received Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) at the Embassy in Abuja, recently.
According to Him, there are possibly isolated cases of individuals whose work visas were not renewed for one reason or the other, adding that only last week UAE issued over 50 visas to Nigerians as there are thousands of Nigerians working and living legally in the UAE.
The UAE Envoy also added that he was optimistic that Emirates Airlines would soon resume flights into Nigeria.
Responding, Dabiri-Erewa said the clarification is 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 in the UAE.
The 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.
She added that any Nigerian with consular issues should approach the Nigerian Mission in UAE for advice and clarifications, as each case would be treated on its own merit.