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US gives reasons it warned citizens against travelling to Nigeria, lists 12 high risk states

The US government has issued a level 3 Travel Health Notice for Nigeria due to COVID-19.

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The United State Government has advised its citizens against travelling to Nigeria due to the Coronavirus pandemic, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, widespread inter-communal violence, and others.

This warning is contained in a travel advisory statement that was obtained from the United State Department of State website.

The statement also disclosed that the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had issued a level 3 Travel Health Notice for Nigeria due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Also, some parts of the country have increased risk.

“Reconsider travel to Nigeria due to Covid-19. Reconsider travel to Nigeria due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping and maritime crime. Some areas have increased risk.’

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‘’Do not travel to; Borno and Yobe States and Northern Adamawa State due to terrorism; Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano and Yobe States due to kidnapping; Coastal areas of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delta and Rivers States (with the exception of Port Harcourt) due to crime, civil unrest, kidnapping and maritime crime,’’ the statement said.

It stated that violent crimes such as armed robbery, assault, carjacking, kidnapping, and rape, have become common throughout the country. As such, US citizens were advised to exercise extreme caution throughout the country due to the threat of indiscriminate violence.

“Terrorists continue plotting and carrying out attacks in Nigeria, especially in the Northeast. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting shopping centres, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, schools, government installations, transportation hubs, and other places where crowds gather.

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“Sporadic violence occurs between communities of farmers and herders in rural areas.’

The US government acknowledged the fact that it has limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in many parts of Nigeria due to the security conditions.

Going further it stated, “Do not travel to Borno and Yobe States and Nothern Adamawa. Terrorist groups based in the Northeast target churches, schools, mosques, government installations, educational institutions and entertainment venues. Approximately two million Nigerians have been displaced as a result of the violence in Northeast Nigeria.

“Do not travel to Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano and Yobe States. The security situation in Northwest and Northeast Nigeria is fluid and unpredictable, particularly in the states listed above due to widespread inter-communal violence and kidnapping.

“Do not travel to the coastal areas of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delta and Rivers States (with the exception of Port Harcourt). Crime is rampant throughout Southern Nigeria, and there is a heightened risk of kidnapping and maritime crime, along with violent civil unrest and attacks against expatriate oil workers and facilities.’’

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14 Comments

  1. Joshua

    August 9, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    ….. And yet this govt has the guts to tell Nigerians that they’re on top of the situation. What a shame!

  2. Gordon Anderson

    August 9, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Zoogeria is finished with all these crimes going on in that country

    • Anonymous

      August 11, 2020 at 7:56 am

      These crimes listed above are happening in Nigeria, yet we’ve a lot of Chinese and many others national operating businesses there? Racism! Racism!! Racism!!

      • Anonymous

        August 11, 2020 at 2:40 pm

        And they hide under the umbrella of Covid-19, yet all they mentioned was terrorism and crime, nothing to do with covid. Yet the caption and introduction suggested covid. A lot have been blamed on poor covid these days! Countries are bullying and maltreating other countries all in the name of covid! Shame on the US, shame on humans!

  3. Anonymous

    August 10, 2020 at 6:54 am

    Why don’t the USA stop their businesses in Nigeria,that is allowed to continue. What a selfish and self-centred information about Nigeria.

  4. David Blunt

    August 10, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. America leads the world in covid-19 deaths and this racist has the gall to issue travel warnings about covid-19?

  5. Anonymous

    August 10, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Hmmm. Trying to brainwash not working anymore.

  6. Anonymous

    August 10, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    See USA talking about Nigeria having a high risk of coronavirus! Many Nigerians are so scared to visit the USA for holiday for now due to the high risk of coronavirus all over the United states of America with New York not exceptional!

    USA is the most high risk country of coronavirus in the world at the moment plus the insecurity of human lives being taken on a daily basis. Black lives matter has been the issue on since pass few months. Please,USA are you aware that the whole world are looking at your insecurities as only God can help, are you also aware that many has been declining from coming into your country? Off course no one want to lose his or her life.

  7. Ben

    August 10, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    This MUST be a joke…which of the two countries is actually a health risk right now?

  8. Dan asabe Mohd

    August 10, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    The US should cite other reasons but certainly not Corona virus. The US is the epicentre of the pandemic and its citizens have been banned from visiting EU countries as well as others. In fact, I see this action as preemptive to avoid the embarrassment of Nigeria banning its citizens from coming in.

  9. Anonymous

    August 10, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    This is a shame to Nigeria government

  10. manager

    August 11, 2020 at 5:21 am

    Joke of the century and l don’t think Nigeria is allowing any foreign flight into Nigeria… Include Americans.

  11. Anonymous

    August 11, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    And they hide under the umbrella of Covid-19, yet all they mentioned was terrorism and crime, nothing to do with covid. Yet the caption and introduction suggested covid. A lot have been blamed on poor covid these days! Countries are bullying and maltreating other countries all in the name of covid! Shame on the US, shame on humans!

  12. Olu

    August 13, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    See America ! Look at the infection rate and death rate in the states compared to Nigeria. It’s obvious the idiot called Trump doesn’t like Nigerians. He’s a racist Bigot.
    How many people have died in the states Compared to Nigeria? He’s clueless! Talking about crime your more likely to die in the hands of police than anything else in America. Guns and violence everywhere and this idiot is talking about Nigeria

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How to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency on your own 

This simple procedure might just be what you need for a seamless and less stressful immigration to Canada.

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Canada is seen as a land of greener pastures for Nigeriansand many other citizens of developing nations, seeking to migrate to other countries, in search of work, education, and a better life. Meanwhile, we live in a world of endless opportunities, as so many people can move, travel, and build a life in a totally different placefrom where they were born. 

Countries like Canada, have impressive policies, that allow other skilled nationals to earn permits to live and work there. The major means for Nigerian nationals to migrate to Canada is through Express Entry. It is an online system that the Canadian government uses to manage permanent residence applications.  

Below is a snapshot of the process.

Synopsis 

  • The first step is to enter the Express Entry pool. 
  • To do this, you will need to take an English test, and get your educational credentials assessed. 
  • Once you’re in the pool, you will be given a score based on factors such as your age, education, work experience, and language proficiency. 
  • You may then be invited by the Canadian governmentto apply for permanent residence, as part of one of the regularly held Express Entry draws. 

To further help our readers understand the process more, these are the details on how to go about it. Of course, this article cannot cover every single aspect of immigrating to Canada. However, if you want to know more about the Express Entry process to move to Canada, this is for you. 

Step 1a – Take the quiz to find out if you are eligible 

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Cost: FREE 

The quiz is simple and you can do it by yourself here. If you have not done a language test before, give yourself a hypothetical test score, and fill out your other information. I recommend that you give yourself a test score lower than what you think you may get, so you can gauge the amount of room you have to play around with. 

Step 1b – Find out your work NOC (National Occupational Classification) 

This is important because you can only claim work history in one NOC, which means that if you’ve jumped around from one job description to the other, you will need to choose the one you have acquired the longest experience at. It is okay if you’ve changed jobs, but as long as your jobs have all been in one NOC, they count. Find your NOC here. 

Step 2 – Register for the language test – IELTS General, etc. 

Cost: N75,000 for Nigerians 

Time Required: 2 to 3 months 

If you are eligible based on the quiz above, the next step is to register for the language test. Everyone applying for Canadian PR has to take a language test, to show proficiency in either French or English. You get bonus points if you can prove both! I recommend that you give yourself a two to three-month window to prepare for the language test.  

For most people, this is the only thing you have in your control. Your age isn’t going to change, your work history won’t change much, and you may need a few years to get an additional degree. So, even though you have been speaking English all your life, IELTS General and others are standardized tests, and you have to know how they want you to answer the questions asked 

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The most common test for English Language is IELTS General (you cannot use IELTS Academic for immigration purposes)but it isn’t the only one. See the approved language tests for Canadian PR here. This is the official site to register for IELTS with British Council. You can also choose between paper-based and computer-based tests, which are both delivered in any of their official test centers, as desired by you. 

Here are practice tests to help you prepare for the IELTS General test. Do not take these practice guides for granted. They go a long way in ensuring you pass the test. 

Step 3 – Prepare your documents for Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) 

Cost: from USD230/CAD305/N87,400 

Time Required: 2 months  

Use the two or three months of IELTS preparation, to also prepare your degree evaluation, so you can save time. Everyone who goes to school outside of Canada must go through this process. The Canadian IRCC has a list of certified organizations, that can verify your degree and equate it with a Canadian one. The list of organizations can be found here. The most common organization is World Education Services (WES). Basically, they need to say that your degree is equivalent to so-so-and-so degree in Canada. 

You can decide to evaluate your most recent degree or all your degrees. The IRCC only requires your most recent degree (your highest degree). However, you need to figure out what works best for you. It is important to note that, if you evaluate multiple degrees under one WES profile, it costs the same as evaluating only one degree. This is the process: 

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  • Register an account with WES here. 
  • Fill out a profile and provide information about your degree(s). Please, make sure every detail is correct and you cross-check a couple of times. 
  • Pay the evaluation fee of CAD220, and the courier fee of CAD85 (for them to ship your evaluation back to you). I recommend you pay the CAD85 courier fee, instead of the CAD7 regular postage fee, so that when your evaluation is returned, it is returned speedilysecurelyand doesn’t get stuck in the local post system. As soon as you pay, you will receive a unique WES Number. 

Note: When you put in all your degree details, the WES system will automatically pull out the documents you are required to send to them for verification. For most countries, only transcripts are required. Unfortunately, those with Nigerian degrees are required to provide a whole lot more, due to a number of people sending in falsified documents. List of requirements for Nigerian degrees: 

  • Degree Certificate 
  • Academic Transcripts 
  • Final Secondary Examination Results 
  • WAEC/NECO Scratch Card 

The requirements were changed in 2018, when they could no longer take the increasing number of fraudulent documents coming in from Nigeria. 

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  • Apply for your transcripts and documents. If your school has a cut-throat process, all the more reason to ensure that you have enough time to go through this process. Also, remember to factor in the cost of requesting transcripts. 
  • Send your required documents to WES. Make sure you follow all the instructions. All transcripts and documents must be sealed and signed, or stamped across the seal fold of the envelope, and every envelope must have your WES number on it. Courier shipping via DHL, from Lagos to the WES Toronto office costs about $65 or CAD86 or N24,700. 
  • Wait for WES to receive your documents and complete your verification. It takes 20 working days from when they receive all your required document, for them to send you an evaluation report. This is the report that you need for your Canadian PR application. 

Step 4 – Take your IELTS Test & Get Results 

Time Required: 13 Days 

Your speaking test will be on a different date from your writing, reading and listening tests. You will receive an email a few weeks to your test date, with details of your speaking test (usually the speaking test is the same week as your main test date). All the other three tests will be on the day you chose when you registered. You will be able to pick up your results 13 days after your main test date. 

Step 5 – Create an Online Express Entry Profile 

Now that you have your WES evaluation report and your language test results, you are ready to create an Express Entry profile hereYou can use this tool to find out what your exact CRS Score will be,  by just filling the questionnaires with your results. That way, you have an idea whether you stand a high chance in the pool or not. 

This profile will close within 60 days of opening, if you do not submit, so try to complete it as soon as you can. You will be asked personal information, work history, test scores, degree details, etc. All these details will add up to give you a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score. Make sure you are truthful and consistent. As soon as you complete and cross-check your Express Entry profile, go ahead and submit it. 

Step 6 – Wait for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) 

Time Required: minimum of 1 day 

Every two weeks, a draw is made from the pool of submitted Express Entry profiles. This draw is done to offer ITAs to candidates. An ITA basically says, you can now begin the official application process for PR. The exact cut-off score is determined by the number of selections the committee plans to choose from that draw. For example, if they need 3,500 selections from that draw, they pick the highest 3,500 candidates in the pool on that dateand the score of the 3500th person becomes the cut-off score. If there is a tie for the 3500th person, they use factors like date and time of submission to break the tie. Just as a guideline, the cut-off scores for August and September 2020 were 476 (Aug 5) and 475 (Sep 2) respectively. 

If you are one of the top candidates, you can receive an ITA in the next draw, from when you submit your profile. Technically, if you submit your profile today and the draw is tomorrow, you can get an ITA in one day. However, if your score falls short, you can stay in the pull, and keep doing other things to boost your score. See a detailed explanation on ways to improve your score, while you’re in the Express Entry pool. After 12 months, if you don’t get selected from the pool, it will expire and you will have to create a new one. 

Also, while waiting for an ITA, you can register in the Job Bank, and start looking for jobs. 

Step 7 – Apply for Canadian Permanent Residency 

Cost: USD785/CAD1,040/N298,300 per adult applicant  

Time Required: 6 months. 

Now that you have been invited to apply, you will need to prepare your application and submit all your documents. It is important to note that your fee of CAD1,040, is split into CAD550 application fee and CAD490, right to permanent residence fee. If you do not successfully get PR, the CAD490 will be refunded to you. You only have 60 days to complete this application! 

Documents Required: 

  • Application Fee (see above) 
  • Test Results 
  • Academic Verification Report 
  • Digital Photographs 
  • Medical Examination: Every country has an approved list of panel physicians, who can provide a medical examination. In Nigeria, there are three in Lagos and one in Abuja, the costs may vary slightly.  
  • Police Certificates: If you have lived in a country for more than 6 months in a row, within the last 10 years, you have to include police reports from each of those countries (including your home country, where you currently live). The cost of obtaining a police certificate will differ based on where you live, and where you are requesting one from. See how to get a police certificate in each country. 
  • Passport Biodata Page 
  • Reference or Experience Work Letter: Your former and current employers listed on your Express Entry Profile; must all provide letters to prove your work history with them. 
  • Proof of Funds: You must provide a letter from your bank vouching for the availability of funds required for relocation. These are the amount required for relocation: 

1 Family Member (you alone): CAD12,669 or N3.69 million. 

2 Family Members: CAD15,772 or N4.31 million. 

3 Family Members: CAD19,390 or N5.65 million. 

4 Family Members: CAD23,542 or N6.86 million. 

5 Family Members: CAD26,701 or N7.78 million. 

6 Family Members: CAD30,114 or N8.77 million. 

7 Family Members: CAD33,528 or N9.77 million. 

For each additional family member: CAD3,414 or N994,000. 

  • Other Documents: Depending on whether you have children, you are divorced, married, and so on, there is a host of other documents required, including name change certificate, birth certificate of child(ren), marriage certificate etc. Find the full details here. 

Once you have all your complete documents, you will be able to fill out your application on the portal and upload scanned copies of all your documents. Make sure you follow the guidelines for clarity, size and resolution of all documents. You will also be able to make your payment. 

Step 8 – Bio-metrics 

At some point, you may be called to submit your bio metrics at a local embassy or VFS. 

Step 9 – Wait and live your life! 

According to the IRCC, 80% of all applicants receive a response within 6 months. Don’t spend 6 months worrying. Just go about your business. You can log into your profile from time to time to check what stage your application has reached. For some people, it comes in 2 months and for others, it takes 6 months! It doesn’t matter, just keep living your life. 

Step 9 – Receive a PPR – Passport Request email – Ready for Visa 

Once you get this letter, you can send in your passports. Your PR approval will also come with a deadline, when you have to enter into Canada or else your PR will be invalidated. This is usually between 6 months to 1 year from the approval. You are ready to go! 


 

NOTE: This article is a revamped content written by Funmi Oyatogun in 2019. 

Funmi Oyatogun is a travel expert/consultant with TVP Adventure, and also the Owner/Publisher of funmioyatogun.com. She is on Instagram @funmioyatogun. 

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FG lists approved COVID-19 test centres for international travellers, to sanction airlines over non-compliance

The NCAA also warned airlines to desist from flouting COVID-19 protocols.

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FAAN, FG lists approved COVID-19 test centres for international travellers, to sanction airlines over non-compliance

The Federal Government has listed the approved COVID-19 test centres for international travellers. This was disclosed by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) via its Twitter handle on Monday.

According to the agency, some of the 68 centres are: EHA Clinics, The 54gene COVID-19 mobile laboratory, Medicaid Radio-diagnostics Centre, FCT Abuja; SynLab Ikeja, VI, Lekki; 54Gene Lekki, Medbury Medical Services, Imeja & Lekki; Clina Lancet, Maryland, and Biologix Medical Services, Anthony, Lagos, among others.

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Also, the FG through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has threatened to revoke the licenses of domestic airline operators over non-compliance with the COVID-19 protocols.

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Director-General, NCAA, Mr Musa Nuhu, issued the warning in a letter to all operators (DG39/20), with reference NCAA/DG/AIR/11/16/267 on Monday.

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Nuhu said the warning was made necessary because some domestic airlines had been flouting the protocols.

According to him, the continuous non-compliance with the COVID-19 protocols would attract severe penalties up to and including cancellation of approval to resume domestic operations.

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He said: “It has been brought to the notice of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority that some domestic airline operators have not been complying with the COVID-19 protocols.

“These protocols were released through All Operators Letter (AOL) DG035/20 ref. NCAA/DG/AIR/ 11/16/260, dated Sept. 4 and an Advisory Circular (AC) NCAA-AC-AMS-006, also dated Sept. 4.

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“Approval for resumption of domestic operations are predicated on compliance with the above protocols.”

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Nuhu added that this was a warning to all domestic operators who were not in compliance to desist from such acts immediately.

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Lagos helicopter crash: AIB releases preliminary report

A preliminary report of the helicopter crash which happened last month in Lagos has been released.

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Helicopter crashes into building in Lagos, claims two lives

The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has issued a preliminary report on the Bell 206B III helicopter crash that occurred at Opebi, Lagos State on August 28, 2020.

The report revealed that the helicopter, which was operated by Quorum Aviation Limited, had a valid Certificate of Airworthiness as the pilot’s last medical examination was valid till the 6th of August 2020.

It also stated that there was no evidence to show that an application for the exemption provided by the All Operators’ Letter AOL DG020/20 had been submitted to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.

It stated, “The helicopter with registration marks 5N-BQW, operated by Quorum Aviation Limited, was topped up with 247 litres of fuel to full tank capacity on ground Port Harcourt Military airport (DNPM).

“The technical logbook entry revealed that there was an engine run for 10 minutes and a test flight of 20 minutes in preparation for a positioning flight the next day.”

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The report added that the flight was operated on a Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flight plan and that the flight plan, on board were one pilot, an engineer and a fitter mechanic with fuel endurance of 3:15 hours.

Click here for the full preliminary report

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