The minister, who spoke during the visit of the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, to his office, stressed that owing to the impact Nigerian professionals have on the US economy, it was unfair to add the country on the list.
Earlier in February, the US President, Donald Trump imposed an immigration visa ban on Nigeria and five other countries including Eritrea, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan and Tanzania
Dr Ngige asked the US ambassador to convey the mood of Nigerians to President Trump and state that the ban is punitive.
“The issue of Nigerian professionals who migrate to the United States to better their skills; it came to us in this Ministry as a rude shock when the US government ban Nigeria and put us in the list of those countries whose immigrant status were cancelled.
“I want you to convey it home that the ban is punitive,” he added.