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You are a tool for political blackmail – APC tells BudgIT, others

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The leadership of APC Mandate Defenders has slammed BudgIT and other civil society organizations in Nigeria for allowing themselves to be used by politicians to achieving political vendetta.

In a statement released to newsmen in Abuja on Saturday by the National Publicity Secretary of the group, Mr. Ifeanyi Emeka, the group said BudgIT and many other civil society organizations have dangerously deviated from their core objectives; to becoming attack dogs and hack groups for desperate politicians who cannot face the reality of governance as well as the new Nigeria championed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

The group wondered why BudgIT and other civil society organizations would gather themselves in Abuja but only to make scurrilous, mischievous and unfounded allegations against the excellent and globally acknowledged work done by the Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19 for the country; simply because they are in a hurry to satisfy their paymasters?

We have said it before that the defunct Presidential Taskforce and the current Presidential Steering Committee did not receive cash from any of their partners; whether, the Private Sector Coalition Against Covid-19 (COCAVID), or the United Nations Basket Fund, or the NNPC and oil and gas industry partners, or GAVI and other organizations that partnered with the Nigerian Government.

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Instead, these organizations have their various independent boards that managed their funds. The role of PSC is to show them the area of needs where their resources would be channeled to. The PSC is not part of their procurement committee or contract awarding committee.

In lieu of this, here is what the UN Basket Fund said: “The Basket Fund will serve as the One COVID-19 Financing and Investment Platform for diverse stakeholders (UN and other multilaterals, bilaterals, private sector, foundations, philanthropists, among others) to channel their financial support to ensure an efficient, effective and impactful response to the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 Basket Fund will be facilitated and implemented by the UN system in Nigeria through a Project Management Board.”

The same thing happened to other partner organizations. None of them gave any dime to PSC let alone spending it to warrant auditing.

As for COCAVID, here is what they said: “The Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) is a Private Sector task force in partnership with the Federal Government, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) with the sole aim of combating Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria… In addition to the efforts of the Federal government, the Coalition is providing and equipping medical facilities in the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria. This will involve the creation of testing, isolation and treatment centers, and include the provision of Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and molecular testing labs. We have started with Lagos (1,000 beds), Kano (500 beds), Rivers (210 beds), Abuja (200 beds), Enugu (200 beds) and Borno (200 beds) among others”

For documentation purposes, we wish to categorically state that the PSC did not receive any Kobo from any of it’s partners. The money the PSC got came from the government through requisition letter and everything is there for anyone to see.

Anyone who want to get information about COCAVID or UN Basket Fund should channel their letter to appropriate quarters and stop making imaginary and injurious claims.

However, we are aware that 2023 is around the corner and politicians are already doing one thing or the other to get advantage over others but what we keep advising our members and the opposition members is that power belongs to God.

Again, as Mr. President once said, in the affairs of men, it is only God that determines destiny. Therefore, those who are looking for who to destroy should understand that he who destroys in other to succeed must have destruction waiting for him at the point of his success.

Besides, we will not allow anyone to destroy Buhari’s government with his or her selfish interest regarding 2023 because Buhari administration is a divine mandate which we will continue to protect.

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2023 Presidency: Igbos will kneel, prostrate, beg – Ezeife

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Former Governor of Anambra State Chukwuemeka Ezeife
Former Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife

A former Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has said that the South-East was ready to kneel, even prostrate and beg to get the opportunity to become Nigeria’s President come 2023.

Ezeife said this at the United for Better Nigeria Initiative National Convention in Abuja on Saturday.

The elder statesman said it was the right time for Ndigbo to produce the country’s next President.

He, however, pointed out that Presidency is not given to anyone, but people have to work and show that they really merit the position.

Ezeife noted that one of the ways to put a South Easterner in power come 2023 was for the region to swallow its pride and start begging every other region for the presidential seat.

“So I found Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo and other groups in this place talking about the need for federal character. If you do it that way, there will be unity; if there is fairness, equity, justice, you will have unity and progress,” he said.

“In the absence of those, you see where we are now. So it is not a matter of to give us President, we don’t give, you have to work for it, the Igbo does not prostrate.

“The Igbo man does not kneel down but this time, we are prepared to kneel down to every part of Nigeria, every group, every ethnic group in Nigeria, we are prepared to even prostrate because we believe in this country.”

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BREAKING: UK suspends visitor visa applications for Nigeria

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British Health Secretary Sajid Javid has tested positive for COVID 19
UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid says Nigeria has been added to the red list

The British High Commission says it will “pause making decisions” on visitor visa applications for Nigeria after the Omicron variant was announced by the west African country.

The decision was announced in a statement issued on Sunday by the commission, noting that, there is a different travel guidance for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The suspension of visitors visa for Nigeria comes barely 18 hours after the UK added Nigeria to its travel red list as a result of concerns over the Omicron COVID variant.

“To support the UK Government’s aim to protect public health from COVID-19 and associated variants of concern (VOC), UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) will pause making decisions on visitor visa applications in all red list countries, including Nigeria, until travel restrictions are lifted,” the statement reads.

COVID-19 variant Omicron
World Health Organization called Omicron a “variant of concern”

“Visit visas cover travel to the UK for tourism, visiting family and friends, undertaking short-term business activities (for example, attending meetings), undertaking short-term studies (under 6 months), taking part in research or exchange programmes as an academic, medical reasons (for example, receiving private medical treatment).

“If you apply for a visit visa in a red list country and you meet the UK Immigration Rules, your application will be paused. You will not receive a decision on your visit visa application whilst red list travel restrictions remain in place.

“You will not be able to request a refund of your visa fee once you have given your biometrics at a Visa Application Centre (VAC). If you already hold a valid visit visa and are intending to travel to England as a visitor from a red list country, you will not be allowed to enter.

“Separate guidance is available for travellers entering Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. See https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control and https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-list-of-countries-and-territories.”

The commission also said visas or entry permits from red list countries will only be issued where there are compelling and compassionate circumstances.

“There are only very limited exemptions to travel and entry requirements for critical workers and medical and compassionate cases,” the statement reads.

“If you have submitted a visit visa application and you do not wish to withdraw, we will continue to hold your application.

“If you choose to continue with your visa application, you will not receive a decision on your visit visa whilst red list travel restrictions remain in place.”

Persons interested in applying on compassionate grounds can find more information on the process here.

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BREAKING: UK suspends visitor visa applications for Nigeria

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British Health Secretary Sajid Javid has tested positive for COVID 19
UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid says Nigeria has been added to the red list

The British High Commission says it will “pause making decisions” on visitor visa applications from all red list countries, including Nigeria.

The decision was announced in a statement issued on Sunday by the commission, noting that, there is a different travel guidance for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The suspension of visitors visa for Nigeria comes barely 18 hours after the UK added Nigeria to its travel red list as a result of concerns over the Omicron COVID variant.

“To support the UK Government’s aim to protect public health from COVID-19 and associated variants of concern (VOC), UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) will pause making decisions on visitor visa applications in all red list countries, including Nigeria, until travel restrictions are lifted,” the statement reads.

“Visit visas cover travel to the UK for tourism, visiting family and friends, undertaking short-term business activities (for example, attending meetings), undertaking short-term studies (under 6 months), taking part in research or exchange programmes as an academic, medical reasons (for example, receiving private medical treatment).

“If you apply for a visit visa in a red list country and you meet the UK Immigration Rules, your application will be paused. You will not receive a decision on your visit visa application whilst red list travel restrictions remain in place.

“You will not be able to request a refund of your visa fee once you have given your biometrics at a Visa Application Centre (VAC). If you already hold a valid visit visa and are intending to travel to England as a visitor from a red list country, you will not be allowed to enter.

“Separate guidance is available for travellers entering Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. See https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control and https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-list-of-countries-and-territories.”

The commission also said visas or entry permits from red list countries will only be issued where there are compelling and compassionate circumstances.

“There are only very limited exemptions to travel and entry requirements for critical workers and medical and compassionate cases,” the statement reads.

“If you have submitted a visit visa application and you do not wish to withdraw, we will continue to hold your application.

“If you choose to continue with your visa application, you will not receive a decision on your visit visa whilst red list travel restrictions remain in place.”

Persons interested in applying on compassionate grounds can find more information on the process here.

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