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Makinde flags off Migrant ‘E’ Registration, promises improved security in Oyo

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The Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde on Friday officially flagged off the Migrant ‘E‘ Registration Exercise, just as he reiterated his administration’s readiness to provide peace, safety and adequate security of lives and property to the people in the State.

Governor Makinde, also emphasized  that no meaningful development can take place in a chaotic environment.

Speaking further at the event which was held at the Nigerian Immigration Service, Oyo State Command, Agodi, Ibadan, the state gaffer, Makinde explained that the Migration ‘E’ Registration will enhance internal security by identifying, verifying and determining the migration status of resident migrants in the State in particular.

“This administration places high premium on peace, safety and security of lives and property as no meaningful development can take place in any place where is there is no adequate security. This is because no investor would want to invest in a place where his money will go down the drains.

“Where there is no peace, there can be no development hence I appreciate the introduction of this migrant ‘E’ Registration and thereby further perceiving this service as a good partner in progress and capable of living up to their security expectations”, said Makinde.

The Governor thereby admonished and directed all employers of foreigners and their landlords in the state to see it as point duty to key into the laudable program of migrant ‘E’ Registration as the benefit of it cannot be overemphasized.

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‘Ensure that the foreigners/Migrants in your employment or house who are eligible for migrant ‘E’ Registration do so on time. The benefits of this laudable program to the country and the migrants cannot be overemphasized.’

He therefore called for hundred percent compliance of registration by eligible migrant without any waste of time adding that it will enhance the State internal security and make security agencies have access information from data base if the need arises.

“It will enhance our internal security, migrant is secured under Immigration responsibility and above all other security Agencies can access information from data base if the need arises and it can be to track undesirable foreign elements in our nation.

“As I flag off this migrant ‘E’ Registration in Oyo State today, I expect one hundred percent compliance from eligible migrants without any waste of time”, the Governor added.

Earlier in his remarks, the Comptroller of Nigeria Immigration Service Oyo State Command, Mr. Saleh Abdullahi stated that the migrant ‘E’ Registration entails the enrollment and biometric capturing of all migrants residing in all 33 Local Government areas of Oyo State or who may wish to stay for a period more than 90 days in line with Section 57 Sub-section 5 of the Immigration Acts of 2015.

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“The main purpose of this noble exercise is to enhance security by verifying, identifying and determining the Migration Status of resident migrants in the state in particular and, by extension, in Nigeria in general.”

Abdullahi  urged all to key into the laudable program that is free of any charge and all encompassing for both regular and irregular migrants.

He said that the failure to comply with this Migrant ‘E’ Registration is contrary to Section 57 (5) of the immigration Acts 2015 and punishable under the penalty of three years imprisonment or fine of five hundred thousand Naira or both.

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Untold story of sex for passport saga at Nigeria Embassy in Germany

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The recent news which gone viral with a video clip alleging that a Nigerian Embassy staff in Berlin,  Germany, one Mr Martins, was  engaged in sex for passport / visa  racketeering and fraud  has been found to be  maliciously subjective  and a deliberate attempt to cast aspersion, dent the image of the Embassy and intimidate the staff into accepting unethical practices  as the norm.

According to a fact-checking news organization based in Paris , – Bureau The Truth described  the Nigerian Embassy in Berlin as one of the very few  best Embassies in the world where the staff strictly adhere and comply with the oath of service and the official charter of duties without compromising or bending the rules.

Bureau The Truth disclosed that the Nigerian Embassy in Berlin has consistently for many years proved to be impregnable for passport /visa racketeers shunned malpractices and diligently mobilized its staff into servicing the needs and attention of Nigerians in Germany and carried out its diplomatic function.

The fact-checking news organization revealed that this seemingly hardliner modus operandi of the Embassy and its staff has been a cog in the wheel of operation of a clique of Nigerians from a particular ethnic group which specializes in Nigeria passport racketeering, child trafficking and immigration sharp practices.

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According to Bureau the Truth, Nigeria Embassy in Germany has been able to wade off immigration rats and cockroaches mainly because of its internal security mechanism which Mr Martins has dutifully guarded and coordinated.

Bureau The Truth revealed that Mr Martins is a man of integrity at his duty post and has never been found wanting in his course of duty and he has never been alleged or being suspected of any official malaise .

The fact-checking organization disclosed further that Mr Martins seemed to be a thorn in the flesh of intruders into the Embassy as his no-nonsense posture at work has made him an enemy of fraudsters who find it hard to penetrate the Embassy.

Bureau The Truth investigation disclosed that, the alleged Mr Martins is not in any official capacity of influence  to issue a passport / visa or interfere in the process of passport /visa-issuing adding that it found out from its investigation that the video on viral was a deliberate setup.

Bureau The Truth pointed out that there is nothing in the video which indicate any discussion relating to visa or any diplomatic business.

“A  thorough analysis of the video has nothing to show or any discussion about passport /visa or diplomatic business but a deliberate incursion into another man’s privacy by a set of people whose intention is evil and who were forcing their voices on their victim ‘

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Bureau The Truth opined that the video has a touch of ethnic affiliation as the voices were a mix of English and an ethnic language belonging to Nigeria.

It also pointed out that the said video had only Mr Martins who was being bombarded with a flurry of comments without allowing him to have a say and without showing his alleged partner.

Bureau The Truth also observed that one of the invaders of Mr Martins’ privacy was heard telling him why he always refused to take whatever instruction issued to him by another colleague in the office .

Bureau The Truth called on the Nigerian Ambassador in Germany to ensure a thorough investigation of the case with clinical and precise format devoid of media siege and blackmailing tendencies pointing out that the profile, integrity, precedent and business activities of those in the video should be thoroughly perused, audited and noted.

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‘I hold grudges against nobody’ – Outgoing UI VC

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Outgoing University of Ibadan Vice Chancellor, Prof.  Idowu Olayinka has assessed his five-year tenure with a sense of fulfillment, adding that he was happy that he was leaving the citadel of learning   better than he met it.

However, against the controversy surrounding the appointment of his successor which has culminated into the directive by the federal government to the Senate of the university to appoint an acting VC, Olayinka emphasized   that he held no grudges against anybody, pointing out that posterity would judge everyone for the role played.

Speaking after commissioning three projects including water treatment, Post Graduate Hostel at Ajibode and a building at the Faculty of Arts, marking the end of his tenure, the VC who commented on some developments during his tenure stated that petition writing by some elements in the system did not start with his own regime.

“For  instance, immediately the appointment process of Professor  Isaac Adewole began in 2010, some people started writing petition. After the announcement that Professor Adewole was the VC, some people went and placed advertorial in the newspaper, calling for the annulment of his appointment and demanding appointment of Acting VC.

“Even when I was appointed in 2015, some people went to court. They were calling for the disqualification of my appointment. We had to play a hide and seek game to avoid being served a court paper. I am saying all these to let you know that we are in a very hostile and critical environment. But I believe, posterity will judge everyone for the role we played”, he said.

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Olayinka said he would leave the assessment of his performance to the people , however, asserted that he was happy that he was leaving the university better than he met it, pointing out that he took every decision in the interest of the university.

He continued, “I am happy that I turned UI to projects site. Look at this gigantic building in the Faculty of Arts, before now, there was inadequacy of offices and classrooms for both staff and students, yet, Arts was one of the oldest Faculties in the university. Now, everyone is happy. There are things I didn’t plan to do which I did, and there are things which I would have loved to do, but couldn’t do because of the paucity of funds”.

The VC who thanked everyone who contributed to the success of his administration disclosed that after leaving office , he would continue to lecture and contribute to the development of the University, stressing that he has no room for opinion policing about the success or otherwise of his performance.

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Ologburo hails Gov. Makinde for securing sole ownership of LAUTECH

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Construction magnate and businessman, Omoba Tunde Ologburo has congratulated the Seyi Makinde -led Oyo State government for the recent sole ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) as announced by the National University Commission (NUC).

Ologburo,  in a statement signed on Wednesday, in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital and made available to Mega Icon Magazine, noted that the ease with which the state acquired ownership of the institution is yet another testimonial to the resourcefulness of Governor Seyi Makinde in getting results, even when the task is a tough one.

The merchant prince lauded both governments of Oyo and Osun State for letting reason prevail on the contentious issue of ownership and administration of the institution saying, “the problem-solving disposition of the two governors, and their private sector experiences came to bear in the outcome that we are celebrating today.”

According to him, “more especially, Governor Makinde has shown that with the mechanism of dialogue and mutual understanding a lot of achievements can be attained.

“This development has placed additional responsibilities on the shoulders of the Oyo State government. In the light of this, it is imperative to encourage teaching and non-teaching staff of the university, as well as the students to cooperate with the state government on the steps the government might be proposing in moving the university forward. Already, the Governor has said that the university would be run in a multi-campus system, which is a good development.”

The statement added that the public policy of qualitative education by the state government would receive further boost by this development, as it would ensure an increase in number of university admission for Oyo State indigenes.

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