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US moves against potential irregular immigrants from Nigeria, others

The US government has issued a subtle warning to would-be irregular migrants from Africa.

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The United States government has issued a subtle warning to would-be irregular migrants from Nigeria and other African countries, who may be drawing inspiration from the crisis at the country’s southern border.

The warning is coming as the Joe Biden administration prioritises responsible and safe migration practices with no exceptions, whether you are in the Northern Triangle, Central America or Africa.

This warning was given by the Deputy Spokesperson to the US Department of State, Ms. Jalina Porter, on Friday, saying that anyone seeking to enter the US should do so through “legal pathways.”

READ: Biden reverses US immigration ban on Nigeria, others

Porter, while responding to a question on whether there would be a consideration for asylum seekers from Africa in President Joe Biden administration’s proposed immigration reforms, said, “The Biden administration certainly prioritises responsible and safe migration practices, and this doesn’t preclude anyone, whether you’re in the Northern Triangle or Central America or whether you are from Africa.

“So, we say to those in Africa who are looking at what’s going on along the border that the border is and always has been closed to irregular migration. Anyone seeking to come to the U.S. should seek to do so via legal pathways,” she told reporters at a news briefing.

READ: A Joe Biden presidency and its impact on Nigeria’s oil

What you should know

  • The Biden administration is currently grappling with an influx of illegal migrants, mostly from Mexico, at the southern border with reports suggesting that an average of 5,000 unauthorised migrants are crossing into the country through that route daily, posing a huge logistics and humanitarian challenge to the new administration.
  • US authorities are reportedly allowing about half of the migrants to stay in the country and seek asylum.
  • It can be recalled that upon being sworn into office, Joe Biden revoked his predecessor, Donald Trump’s order that blocked many green card applicants from entering the United States.
  • Biden reversed Trump’s proclamation limiting the number of new work visas for temporary foreign workers in the US amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

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Just-in: President Buhari restores ownership of OML 123, 124, 126 and 137 to NNPC

The President has ordered the restoration of ownership of OML 123, others to NNPC.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the restoration of the leases on OMLs 123, 124, 126 and 137 to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which is in production sharing contract with Chinese government-0wned, Addax Petroleum.

President Muhammadu has approved the return of ownership of leases on OMLs 123, 124, 126 and 137 to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

This announcement was made known by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu via a social media statement.

“In line with the current administration’s commitment to the rule of law, fairness & enabling a stable business climate for investment, President @MBuhari has approved the restoration of the leases on OMLs 123, 124, 126 & 137 to @NNPCgroup which is in production sharing contract with Addax Petroleum, a company wholly owned by Government of the People’s Republic of China on the blocks. The leases belonging to the Federation were revoked on March 30, 2021,” Shehu tweeted.

The Presidential spokesman noted that the “development reaffirms the commitment of President Buhari to the rule of law and sanctity of contracts” as the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, have already been directed to retract the letter of revocation of the leases.

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Dangote acquires 400 trucks from ANAMMCO plant in Enugu, brings total to 4,000

Dangote Group has taken delivery of another set of 400 Shacman trucks from Transit Support Services Limited and assembled in the former ANAMMCO plant in Enugu.

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The Dangote Group has taken delivery of another set of 400 Shacman trucks from Transit Support Services Limited and assembled in the former ANAMMCO plant in Enugu.

This brings the total number of trucks bought by the Dangote Group from Transit Support Services Limited to about 4,000 units since the entry of the brand into the country in 2016.

According to a report from the Punch, this disclosure is contained in a statement issued by the Head of Public Relations and Media at the Transit Support Services Limited, Iyere Ikhide.

Ikhide in the statement said that the Dangote-Shacman partnership has led to the resuscitation of the ANAMMCO plant in Enugu.

It described Dangote as the biggest customer of the Enugu-based auto assembler, noting that the partnership had resulted in the provision of more jobs for many youths; rejuvenation of the Onne Port in Rivers State and the attendant economic benefits.

The statement from Transit Support Services Limited partly reads, “Following the partnership deal and commitments to quality, the biggest customer of Shacman brand in Nigeria, Dangote Group, has taken delivery of additional 400 units of Shacman trucks.

Dangote Group has since the entrance of Shacman vehicles into the Nigerian market through Transit Support Services Limited as Shacman Nigeria six years ago, bought over 3,500 units of the brand.’’

What you should know

  • It can be recalled that in February 2020, the largest Indigenous Industrial Conglomerate in West Africa, the Dangote Group, invested about N63 billion in a local automaker with an assembling plant in Enugu with the purchase of 3,500 trucks while going into a long-term partnership with them.
  • The automaker, which goes by the name Transit Support Services Limited, went into a long-term agreement with Dangote Group and has already supplied 3,500 Shacman trucks to the company from its Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company assembly plant in Emene Enugu State.

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