Amechi Idumuebor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Issuance of Visas to Nigerians intending to work in Lebanon have been placed on hold for the time being, according to the Lebanese Embassy. This is in reaction to a video of a viral video on social media of a Nigerian lady auctioned by a non-Lebanese person.
According to a statement by the spokesman for the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abdur-Rahman Balogun, the move was meant to check the migration of some Nigerians to Lebanon to do menial jobs, amid complaints of assault and other dehumanizing treatment from some Nigerian domestic workers in Lebanon.
The Lebanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Houssam Diab, confirmed the suspension of the issuance of visas to Nigerians seeking menial jobs in Lenanon, pending the time the procedure would be properly harmonized with the Ministry of Labour, in line with best practices of managed and orderly migration.
According to the Ambassador, while speaking with Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who visited him at his Abuja office, the mission suspended the issuance from May 1, 2020, following complaints of abuse by some employees, alongside the case of the controversial video of Peace Busari, a Nigerian lady, put up for sale for $1000 on Social media in April, 2020.