Nigerian borders should be opened to all – Ben Murray-Bruce

The lawmaker representing Bayelsa East Senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has called for lenient visa policy as a way of boosting Nigeria’s tourism industry which has the potential to significantly increase
the nation’s economy.

Murray-Bruce, in his trademark series of tweets which began on Thursday expressed sadness over reports that foreigners find it difficult to secure Nigerian visa, insisting that Nigeria should even be visa-free just like Dubai which is open to the world for business.

The tweets read, “By making her visa policy lenient, UAE has attracted the world’s business and tourist visitors. Nigeria can learn from them,” the senator wrote.

“By opening her borders to the world UAE’s economy has more than doubled. Over 30% of her GDP is from her aviation industry.

“We do not have to reinvent the wheel in Nigeria. We can just replicate what has been done successfully in Dubai.

“Gambia liberalized its visa policy early. The result is that tourism is the number 1 foreign exchange earner in that nation.

“Kenya has a liberal visa policy that is raking in dollars for her economy. Just
like us, they also grapple with terrorism. Kenya makes a little over $1 Billion per annum from tourism. This is a country that is grappling with terrorism as we are.

“To put things into perspective, tourism is to Gambia and Kenya what oil is to
Nigeria. Oil isn’t a renewable resource. It will finish. Tourism is a renewable resource. As an economic mainstay, its safer than oil,” the Senator tweeted.

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