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US Government Gives Nigeria Conditions for Review of Visa Ban Policy

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The US recently announced the extension of visa restriction to six more countries, which includes; Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar.

The United States government has given the federal government conditions under which the recent visa policy affecting six countries could be reviewed which is:

“Once Nigeria improves her data intelligence, such that it would be easy to investigate any immigrant wishing to visit the United States and meet information sharing systems, the ban might likely be reviewed.”

The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Her Excellency, Mary Beth Leonard, restated this yesterday when she paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, at the ministry’s headquarters, Abuja but people from those countries will still be able to visit the US as tourists.

Mrs. Leonard explained that the immigration policy does not affect people currently resident in the US.

She said: “I think I need to clarify something for you here. The immigrant visa ban does not affect people who are currently resident in the US. It does not cancel the status of anyone currently in the US.”

“What Secretary Pompey said was something that was meant to be temporary. And it is about problems with information sharing which are investigable, achievable and resolveable and we look forward to Nigeria in a very short while being able to meet those information sharing goals so that the decision can be reviewed. She also stated that “Students’ visas are not affected by the current visa ban”.

On diversification policy, the US Ambassador to Nigeria said there was need for Nigerians with skills to export them so that we will not be seen as illegal immigrants when we go abroad to work. One undeniable fact about Nigeria is that we have interesting story about diversification of our economy, prosperity and the people. We are known at home and abroad for our industriousness. We want to go out as formalized persons, whether as carpenters, electricians, welders etc.  because we have skills acquisition centres which currently being upgraded so that the certificates will be internationally accepted.

If the US Government’s condition for the review of the Visa Ban Policy is the only option for Nigerians, I think is a positive challenge for the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) and Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy to upgrade the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Sector of Nigeria. We have capable youths who can programme and design these information sharing systems who are yet to be discovered or outsource vendors with this expertise; though this might take few years but actually its worth doing as a country aiming to move from the “developing countries category” to the “developed countries category”.

The US government condition might be harsh but in a way they are challenging Nigeria to be better and more coordinated in our operations.

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2020IYD: NYCN urges youths to turn Covid-19 adversaries to advantage of Nigeria.

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2020IYD: NYCN urges youths to turn Covid-19 adversaries to advantage of Nigeria.

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has urged Nigerian youths to take advantage of the adversaries that Covid-19 presented to the world to the benefits of the country.

Mr Solomon Adodo, National President of NYCN, gave the advice in his remark at the International Youth Day (IYD) 2020 Celebration, on Wednesday in Abuja.

Gistflash reports that the theme of International Youth Day 2020, was “Youth Engagement for Global Action, ” which seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels was enriching national and multilateral institutions.

The aim of IYD 2020 is to shed light on the need to enable the engagement of youths by making local, national and global institutions more inclusive for the purpose of strengthening their capacity (and relevance) to achieve global action.

Adodo also enjoined the Nigerian youths to rise as one and look beyond the problems and challenges facing the country.The NYCN president admonished the youths to avoid being used as tools in the hands of politicians whose only mission was to bring the government down.”

If the youths allow themselves to be use as tools to bring the government down, they have brought the nation down.” Let us see how we can contribute our qouter to national development. Let us put aside our ethnic, political, religious differences and have one culture and one political party which is development of Nigeria.” Let us unite to build the new Nigerian economy.”

Nation that have developed that we run to for loan and other assistance like China and US, they do not fall from the sky rather they harness their potential and utilise them.” I urge the Nigerian youths to take advantage of adversaries that Covid-19 presented to the world and turn it to the advantage of Nigerian economy and development,” Adodo said.

He used the occasion to commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the recent approval of N75 billion for the establishment of the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund.

Adodo pledged that the NYCN had offered itself, it’s members and the potential of the millions of the Nigerian youths to bring solutions to the problems bedeviling the country.

According to him, “there are millions of job all around us and there is so much wealth that the national youth council of Nigeria can create for the country.”

We are grateful that the government is giving the youths vistas of opportunities through its policies and programmes.” The recent approval of the N75 billion for the establishment of the Nigerian Youth Investment Fund is one of those programmes of government through which the Nigerian youths can harness their potential and translate it into productivity.” Theme of IYD Year 2020 is youth engagement for global action

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Wikipedia Lists Nigeria Among the “Failed States”

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Wikipedia Lists Nigeria among failed states
Wikipedia Lists Nigeria Among the “Failed States”

Web based encyclopedia – Wikipedia has updated its list of failed states and Nigeria is now one of the countries on the list.

Wikipedia Lists Nigeria Among the “Failed States”

The free web-based encyclopedia project which contains information on a wide variety of subjects, described a failed state as a political body that has disintegrated to a point where basic conditions and responsibilities of a sovereign government no longer function properly.

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It further added that a state can also fail if the government loses its legitimacy even if it is performing its functions properly. For a stable state, it is necessary for the government to enjoy both effectiveness and legitimacy. Likewise, when a nation weakens and its standard of living declines, it introduces the possibility of total governmental collapse.

Some countries listed as a failed state include; Syria, Somalia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Iraq, Yemen, Turkey, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Liberia, Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Sudan, South Sudan.

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I don’t care about what people say about me when I’m dead – Obasanjo

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I don’t care about what people say about me when I’m dead – Obasanjo

Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has fired back at people criticising him over his condolence message to the family of late Buruji Kashamu, a former senator and factional leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State.

Speaking in an interview with Premium Times, Obasanjo said: “When I was growing up, in our community, when anyone known with bad character died, we usually only mourn him and bury him. No eulogy. No praise-singing.

There is an English saying that urges us never to talk ill of the dead. But in this case, we are not talking ill of the dead. We are only drawing lessons from the life and history of the dead. I am not gloating over his death. It is sad for anyone to die and we must mourn him.

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But we must learn from such a passage. There will be bad lessons. There will be good lessons. But we should not just be praise-singing or eulogising the dead, especially when there is no need to do so.

We should not cover up bad histories and conducts so that the right lessons can be learnt.

As you know, I say my mind as truthfully as I know them and in line with my convictions. People are free to say whatever they want about my comment. I don’t begrudge people for holding opinions on whatever I say or do.

Let people say whatever they like when I transit. Now that I am alive, am I not being abused? Whenever I transit, let people say whatever they know or think about me. Let them say it as it is. What my maker thinks of me is what matters most.

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