Breaking! U.S. announces priority appointments for Nigerians applying for student’s visa

The United States Mission in Nigeria has said it will prioritise visa applications by Nigerian students who hope to resume academic studies in the States by September 2021. This was contained in a statement signed by the US Mission Country Consular Coordinator, Susan Tuller and released by the Public Affairs Section of the US Consulate-General, Temitayo Famutimi, on Friday. “The U.S. Mission will prioritise student visa applicants and ensure Nigerian students resuming this Fall get visa interview appointments well in advance of their programme start date,” United States Mission Country…

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Germany vows to return Benin artifacts to Nigeria

The German government has promised to finally return the precious artifacts that were looted during the colonial era to Nigeria. Germany’s Ministry of Culture, State ministers, and Museum directors, in a joint declaration published on Thursday, announced the first returns are planned for 2022. The joint declaration stated that the government is committed to “substantive returns” of Benin artworks. The artworks, made of bronze, brass, and ivory were taken by the British army in a raid on the Kingdom of Benin, in present-day Nigeria, in 1897. They were subsequently distributed…

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Just In: Sports Minister dissolves Boards of Olympics Sports Federations

Minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare, has announced the dissolution of boards of all national Olympic sports federations (NSF) in Nigeria. The minister pronounced the dissolution in a statement on Friday. The dissolution is coming barely a day after the rift between the ministry and Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) cost the country its spots at the world athletics (WA) relays billed for Poland on May 1-2. Details to follow…

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ASUU says 75% of students may drop out of Kaduna varsity

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Kaduna State University (KASU) Chapter, says 75 percent of the university’s students may drop out of school due to the monumental increase in tuition fees. Its Chairman, Dr. Peter Adamu said, in a statement in Kaduna on Wednesday, that the students might have to leave because their parents could not afford to pay. Adamu urged the State government to rescind its decision to hike the tuition fees and engage relevant stakeholders on the issue, in line with its Open Government Partnership. According to…

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FG inaugurates Digital Switch-Over in Lagos

…Liberty TV, 59 others on FreeTV platform to beam content to Lagos households   The National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC), has officially launched the Digital Switch Over (DSO) in Lagos State, to transit from analogue to digital transmission and increase television penetration.  Picture caption: Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed and other officials during the launch of DSO in Lagos. The event, which was held at Ikeja, Lagos, marked the beginning of the second phase of the roll-out of DSO across the federation. The DSO, which was delivered with the brand name ‘FreeTV,’…

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FAAC non-remittance: “Don’t blackmail Nigerians to accept deregulation” – Falana tells NNPC

Prominent Nigerian lawyer and human rights advocate, Chief Femi Falana, (SAN), has told the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), not to blackmail the government to accept deregulation, saying that the statement that there is no money to remit into the federation account next month (May) was tantamount to blackmail. This is as the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, said that a new Nigeria is possible if the people should come together irrespective of tribe or religion in the interest of unity. The two…

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“Buhari is focused, Nigeria’s problems extraordinary” – U.S. declares

…Says it is committed to helping country solve its  security threats The United States government says Nigeria’s security crises are “extraordinary”, but that President Muhammadu Buhari is “very focused on” them. This was made known by US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken while speaking during a virtual roundtable with some African journalists. Blinken said his country is in “absolute solidarity” with Nigeria in resolving the security threats. Recall that Nigeria had witnessed more than ten security incidents on Monday as killings and attacks continued across the country. In the North,…

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“We will impeach Buhari if insecurity continues -Lawmaker

A House of Representatives member representing Jos-South/Jos-East federal constituency, Dachung Bagos, has said the National Assembly would consider impeaching President Muhammadu Buhari if the Executive does not act on its security resolutions. The lawmaker stated this yesterday while appearing on a television programme. Recall that the House of Representatives on Wednesday inaugurated a 40-man committee to find a solution to the country’s security challenges. The Committee is set to hold a four-day Security Summit in May. Bagos, during the TV programme, said impeachment processes will be initiated if the Summit’s…

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Insecurity: Gov. Wike imposes curfew across Rivers State

The Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has imposed a curfew in all the 23 local government areas of the State. Governor Wike made the announcement in a state-wide broadcast yesterday. The announcement is coming two days after the Governor imposed a night curfew at all land borders in the State. The governor, who said the curfew takes effect from yesterday, explained that a review of the security situation since the last curfew was imposed showed that security threats still exist.  The governor further explained that the intention behind the curfew…

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FG declares Monday as public holiday

The Federal Government has declared Monday, May 3, 2021, a public holiday to mark this year’s International Workers’ Day celebration. Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration in a statement by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr. Shu’aib Belgore. The statement was titled: ‘FG declares Monday, May 3, 2021, public holiday to mark 2021 workers’ day celebration’. The Minister congratulated workers for witnessing this year’s celebration. He commended them for their patience, understanding and support in driving the policies and programmes of President Muhammadu Buhari “in its determination…

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