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FG begs US to lift visa ban on Nigeria 

The Federal government has called on the United States to rethink the travel ban and remove Nigeria from its list of new visa restrictions. 

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The Federal Government (FG) has called on the United States to review the travel ban and remove Nigeria from its list of visa restrictions.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola made this plea to the U.S ambassador, Mary Beth Leonard in Abuja during a visit.

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In a statement released, Aregbesola said that Nigeria is a close ally of America and that the travel ban should be dropped because Nigeria had complied with most of the concerns raised by the United States.

“Nigeria is too important an ally of America to deserve such a sanction, We are positive that (the) visa restriction is a temporary one, it will soon be put behind us,” he said.

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Although the statement did not really specify what Mrs Leonard’s response was, she was quoted by Reuters assuring her country’s determination to continue to collaborate with Nigeria.

(READ MORE: US Embassy denies banning student visas for Nigerians)

As Nairametrics reported, the U.S. President Donald Trump included Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar, in an expanded version of his travel ban list weeks ago. The reason given for the ban by the US officials was that the countries failed to meet U.S. security and information-sharing standards, necessitating the new restrictions.

What you should know: The original travel ban was issued in 2017 and barred nearly all immigrants and travellers from seven countries with majority Muslim populations.

Although the US has already stated that the ban is temporary and would be lifted once Nigeria meets up to the conditions. One of the conditions involves Nigeria improving on its data intelligence such that it would be easy to investigate any immigrant wishing to visit the United States and meet information-sharing systems.

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Nigeria has been having its own share of security challenges most especially the rising cases of insurgency by Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) in the North East part of the country and attacks by criminals and bandits in different parts of the country.

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Chidinma holds a degree in Mass communication from Caleb University Lagos and a Masters in view in Public Relations. She strongly believes in self development which has made her volunteer with an NGO on girl child development. She loves writing, reading and travelling. You may contact her via - chidinma.nwagbara@nairametrics.ng

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  1. Stanley

    February 24, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Please, our leaders should spend their precious time seeking for solutions to the many economic and infrastructural challenges facing the country, rather than prostrating and begging America to no avail. It is only genuine and clear improvements in the security and economic indices of Nigeria that will influence America’s decision and not this distasteful subservient behavior.

  2. Anodebenze

    February 26, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    now why do you, wants to go to America ?is education or tourism.WHAT YOU NIGERIANS WANTS TO STUDY, IS IN THE SPIRIT WORLD,all knowledge ,wisdom or abstract education have been revealed by the almighty God in due course,he chooses who he chooses to rveal the secrets of our universe,even the almighty God knows what is in the mind of the devil,all you have to focus and uses your mind for the betterment of yourself
    This decision to ban Nigerian is purely political and very insulting,all men are equal before God,if the American do not want us Nigerian to come to America,i think it is fair,WHEN HAVE GOD MADE THE AMERICANS,THE WORLD POLICEMEN OF OUR WORLD OR THE SETTER OF STANDARD IN OUR WORLD.THE NIGERIANS GOVT WILL BAN THE AMERICA.LET SEE WHO WILL COME OFF WORSE OFF,AN EYE FOR AN EYE
    on what basis is it ?is it security ? every 5 sec,there is an attempted murder in America 70 % is gun related,they cannot give up their gun as the white man is very blood thirsty,for tourism,rich nigerians do go to dubai or quator for tourism or south Africa.we do not needthe American for anything,beg the americans for what or to be a victim of a serial gun men killer.

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Skills Africa needs for sustainable development

Over a billion people with 5 official working languages – Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Swahili , will again celebrate Africa Day this year.

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From Addis Ababa to Durban, Lagos to Cairo, from the Sahara Dessert to the Nile River, over a billion people with 5 official working languages – Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Swahili – will again celebrate Africa Day this year.
A day to remember, reminisce and celebrate successes recorded against the struggles for independence, freedom from apartheid and colonization. Although, with the new normal brought about by Coronavirus, the 2020 celebrations would be quite unlike previous years.

The Africa Union (Formerly OAU) has recorded good milestones in terms of political independence and self-governance. So now is a good time for Africa to reflect on our independence.

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On reading the objectives of the Africa Union (AU), words like independence, territorial integrity, human rights, security, cooperation are splattered across the pages. Significantly, none of the AU objectives seeks economic autonomy for Africa or her member states. This is a fundamental flaw which speaks directly to Africa’s issue of having a large population without the requisite skills for growth.

Our education is largely dependent on the western curriculum and narrative. There is hardly any major infrastructure, industrial or development project in Africa with 100% African content in manpower, materials or capital.

(READ MORE: Nigerian economy going into recession, might contract by -8.9% – Finance Minister)

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It is now well established and more evident that political independence without economic independence is like a car without an engine. Economic empowerment is the nucleus of national development. No fewer than 14 West African countries currently use CFA Franc, with some having used the currency for at least 75 years. This goes beyond nameplate as the Bank of France holds half of those countries’ currency reserves. This is effectively cutting their growth capacity by 50%.

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8 of those 14 countries will relinquish the CFA franc for the new ECOWAS currency, ECO (to be launched in July 2020). However, there is no indication that the affected African leaders would ask France for compensation for the years of economic sabotage to their countries. The introduction of the ECO was to bring a ray of hope, but we hope the real difference would not just be in the colour of the currency. This is because the ECO will not be autonomous but would be pegged against the Euro.

France is not alone in the economic sabotage of Africa, they are in the good company of the United Kingdom, the US and Belgium, to mention a few. However, are these foreign countries to blame? Africa got her independence, but African leaders refuse to be independent and the dependent mentality is also enshrined in the AU objectives.

One of the AU objectives states “to work with relevant international partners in the eradication of preventable diseases and the promotion of good health on the continent.” The statement looks good superficially, but it is enlaced with aid orientation, the lack of drive for self-reliance, and a beggarly mindset.

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(READ MORE: Sahara Group donates medical equipment to support fight against COVID-19)

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Let us educate Africa to pursue the development of its people, with core skills that are necessary to deliver the quality of the progress and growth that Africans desire. African construction companies should make African infrastructure and 100% African content should be the target in automobile engineering, healthcare, information technology,

Necessity is said to be the mother of invention. The need for Africans to lead Africa out of poverty, tyranny and underdevelopment is a matter of great importance, far beyond just necessity. Every African must desire to get skilled, and not just education, as we currently have it. We must have the competence to develop our agriculture system, mine Africa’s natural resources and add value by processing them locally.

Africa Day would only be truly worthy of celebration when African people and countries are skilled enough to accomplish our dreams of self-reliance and economic independence.

Article written by Olatunde Akintola. Olatunde is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria and alumni of Manchester Business School. He writes from Lagos.

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Tiktok’s In-App revenue surges amid lockdown

ByteDance Ltd’s brainchild, TikTok, together with Douyin ranking tops globally on mobile apps with the highest revenue generated for the month of April.

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TikTok announces $250 million pledge to aid combat coronavirus, Does YouTube stand a chance against TikTok?

The meme-making business has proven to be worth all the fuss, with TikTok, as well as its Chinese twin app, Douyin, ranking tops globally on mobile apps with the highest revenue generated for the month of April.

Sensor Tower, notes that just in the first quarter of this year, ByteDance Ltd’s brainchild, TikTok, together with Douyin which caters to the Chinese market, generated 315 million downloads globally, from the 187 million it had just a year earlier.

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The ranking, which was based on their in-app purchases, reveal a tenfold increase, as the companies garnered a whopping $78 million in revenue. The Chinese market is said to have contributed 86.6% of Douyin’s revenue, followed by the U.S market which contributed 8.2%.

This places them ahead of older names like Netflix & YouTube. As opposed to using subscriptions like these established brands, TikTok and Douyin allow users to purchase virtual currency to spend on their favorite content creators.

(READ MORE: Does YouTube stand a chance against TikTok?)

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While ByteDance is exploring the world of online commerce, it continues to rely on advertising as its primary income source. However, Emarketer projects that more than 75 million US social network users will make at least one purchase from a social channel in the year 2020.

 

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Sanwo-Olu to virtually inaugurate projects as he presents scorecard of first year in office

Some of the projects to be commissioned will be done virtually, while a few will be done on-site.

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COVID-19: Lagos State to begin curfew on Sunday to disinfect metropolis, Lagos state government discharges 7 more coronavirus patients, Lagos state will reverse to full lockdown, Sanwo-Olu to virtually inaugurate projects as he presents scorecard of first year in office

Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, will virtually inaugurate housing, education, and road projects on May 29, as part of activities to mark his first year in office.

According to a report by NAN, the projects are part of the government’s efforts to renew infrastructure in critical sectors and to make the commercial centre a smart city.

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Some of the projects to be commissioned will be done virtually, while a few will be done on-site.

The projects

Lagos state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, listed some of the projects in an official statement. He said:

”In the education sector, Sanwo-Olu will conduct virtual inauguration of completed classroom blocks in Maya Secondary School, Ikorodu; Eva Adelaja Junior School, Bariga; and Saviour Primary School, Ifako-Ijaiye, among others. 

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“Virtual inauguration of completed works such as the Concrete Jetty in Baiyeku, Ikorodu, Aradagun-Ajido- Epeme Road in Badagry, and the Maryland Signalisation project also form part of the itinerary to commemorate the anniversary.”

(READ MORE: Lagos increases health workers’ allowances, commissions local production of face masks)

Omotoso also stated that the Governor would inaugurate the 360-unit Lagos Homes in Ikorodu, and then visit Igbogbo Baiyeku IIB Estate, Lekki, and the Courtland Villas on Femi Okunnu Estate during the week.

Plans for celebrating Children’s Day

 In a related development, Governor Sanwo-Olu will deliver an address on Wednesday May 27 to mark the children’s day celebration, and the 53rd anniversary of Lagos state.

Omotoso, however, noted that all celebrations would be kept on the low in reflection of the current challenges and realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Presenting one-year scorecards

The activities for the week are expected to begin with press briefings at J.J.T Park in Alausa on May 27, where members of the State Executive Council will present their scorecards in line with the six pillars of the state’s T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.

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(READ MORE: Lagos Medical workers call off strike, as IG sends strong warning to security agencies)

According to the information commissioner, there will be two sessions of press briefings daily from May 27 to June 3, as the Governor considers it expedient to render a stewardship account of the last one year.

“Three special publications highlighting the achievements of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration and testimonies of beneficiaries of various initiatives of the government are slated for presentation to the public by the governor and his Deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat,” he added.

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