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Imo Will Be Safe During Yuletide, Uzodinma Assures Indigenes In Diaspora

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Hope Uzodinma, Governor of Imo State, has assured indigenes of the state in the diaspora that they can visit their communities with no fear during the yuletide season as security is guaranteed in the state.

Uzodinma made the pledge at the 2021 Imo Cultural Day celebrations organised by the Imo Towns Development Association, Lagos (ISTDAL), on Sunday, according to a statement issued by Oguwike Nwachuku, his Chief Press Secretary.

The governor, who was represented by Declan Emelumba, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, applauded members of the association for boosting the state’s image and fostering Imo cultural heritage in Lagos.

He urged them to frequently visit the state and their communities and not to be deterred by messages on social media about security, insisting that the situation had been brought under control.

He also used the occasion to inform them of the developmental strides achieved by his administration in terms of projects and infrastructure and encouraged them to come and see it for themselves.

He said: “When you come home, you will be amazed at the massive road construction and rehabilitation which has been carried out by my administration in less than two years.

“We have introduced ‘the people’s budget’ which enables town unions to advise the government on what their people actually need and these are actually included in the budget.”

Uzodinma also promised  to host the executive members of the association during the yuletide.

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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.

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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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