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Nigeria Excluded From 2022 US Visa Lottery

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Nigeria has been barred from the US visa lottery application for 2022, a document obtained from the US Government website showed. 

In a 19-page document published on the website, Nigeria is the only African country barred from the visa lottery.

“For DV-2022, persons born in the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than, 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam,” the document read. “Persons born in Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible.”

Although natives of other African countries are allowed to apply, the document explained that “persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt,” it said.

“Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria.”

In the document captioned “Instructions for the 2022 diversity immigrant visa program (dv-2022),” applicants must meet certain guidelines to be eligible for the visa lottery.

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“The Department of State determines selectees through a randomized computer drawing,” the statement added.

“The Department of State distributes diversity visas among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than seven per cent of the available DVs in any one year.”

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#ENDSARS: Buhari to address the Nation at 7pm on Thursday

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President Muhammadu Buhari will make will make a national broadcast Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7pm.

This was stated in a Press Statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adriana

According to him, “Following detailed briefing by security chiefs on the current situation in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari

”Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Radio Nigeria respectively for the broadcast”.

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#ENDSARS: ‘Military offensive on protesters is an abomination, Akande -Sadipe talks tough

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The Chairperson, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe has called on President Muhammed Buhari to address the killing of unarmed protesters across the nation, while condemning the killing of protesters by Armed Security operatives in the country.

Tolulope Akande Sadipe in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday said, “I weep for my beloved country, Nigeria. This is the Darkest Moment in our Nation. The Current Action is Unacceptable”.

She wondered why men of the Nigerian Army turned on the people they were meant to Protect, firing live bullets at citizens holding the Nigerian Flag and chanting the National Anthem, describing such as an “Abomination”.

“I, as a member of the House of Representatives cannot keep quiet in the midst of this abominable action. I was duly elected to be the voice of my people and my people are weeping”, she said.

She opined that the protests were about a generation trying to end the systematic rot that pervades the society, which had eaten deep into the fabrics of the Nation.

The APC chieftain  continued, “We need to be honest with one another on this matter. We need to face the truth on ground. The youths were out there because they are tired and fed up of victimization, daily oppression, injustice, unemployment, untapped talents, lack of opportunity, poor healthcare, poor education and lack of infrastructure and power across the Nation. The Youths are protesting for a better future for themselves and their children. The #EndSARS PROTEST stands for the systematic ROT in our Nation.

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“This was about the realities on ground. This was about the ROT since independence. This was about genuine service to the people who elected us to represent them. This was not about the President, this was not about the current administration, this was not about North and South, this was not about Religion. This was not about party affiliation. This was about a Generation trying to end the systematic ROT that pervades our society”.

Speaking against the backdrop that there are some external forces pushing for the destruction of Nigeria, the lawmaker representing Oluyole Federal Constituency  said the Federal Government should genuinely address issues.

“Those alluding, that there is a 5th Columnist within or external, there is a solution. If there is a 5th columnist or external negative force, pushing for the destruction of Nigeria, if we do the right thing, by genuinely addressing the issues that have led to the distrust between leadership and our youths, by addressing the rot that has pervaded our Nation. The 5th columnist in our midst or external negative force, would fail. But with this action, what have we said to the Youth and to the world.

“This is the time to make the wrongs right and it is not by bringing out the Army to shoot its own citizens, that we achieve this. We can still put a stop to this inferno. We must realize that no position is permanent and it is the country we make that we shall all live in”, she added.

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Concluding, she empathized with all the families of fallen Youth Patriots, praying that their death would not be in vain.

 

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10 Major Factors Militating Against Efficient Policing In Nigeria | By Idowu Ayodele

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Though, sounds biased, however, officers and men of the Nigeria Police are one of the best in the world despite the various constraints and obstacles they face. This fact is attested to in the various awards , honours and commendations they receive anytime they are posted outside the country on peace keeping operations and other assignments.

No doubt, in the last few years , Nigerians are increasingly losing hope and confidence in the nation’s police force, especially the Special Anti-Robbery Squad,  a Nigerian Police Force unit popularly known as SARS that is expected to maintain law and order as enshrined in the constitution due to unethical or unprofessional conduct of some erring officers.

However, there are some major factors hindering the efficient and excellent performance of the Police and they are as follows:

1. Inadequate funding : Sufficient funds are not always made available to the Nigeria Police to enable it meet the ever increasing challenges springing up on a daily basis to ensure an excellent policing of the country. It is a notorious fact that the budgetary allocation of the entire Police Force in 1999 before the swearing in of the democratic government was just four billion naira; an amount that was grossly insufficient and unrealistic.

2. Lack of sophisticated equipments: Policing is more often than not the efficient gathering, collation and use of intelligence. To achieve this objective, sophisticated and modern equipments coupled with monitoring devices are needed. These are not readily available to the Police.

3. Lack of adequate compensation : Policemen who are victims of attacks from armed robbers and other criminals when they are on duty. Sometimes such policemen are left to foot the hospital bills and other expenses incurred for treatment.

4. Lack of interest in the job: The job of a policeman is professional in nature. Some young men only enlist or get recruited because of lack of employment and not due to the interest they have in the job.

5. Shortage of manpower: The present number of the officers and men of the Nigeria Police is grossly inadequate to ensure an efficient policing of the country. To this end, the directive of the federal government that 40,000 men should be recruited yearly is a welcome development.

6. Training and retraining : The inadequate or lack of training and re-training of some officers and men of the Nigeria Police make them rustic and their duties boring, dull and uninteresting.

7. Posting policemen outside their states of origin: The posting of non natives outside the places where their local language is spoken could be a hindrance to an efficient performance of a policeman’s duty. This is more so if he is an investigating Police Officer. A Fulani or Hausa man posted to a police station in a remote Yoruba or Igbo area will surely be requiring the service of interpreters.

Sometimes, it is easier to police a well known terrain that one is quite familiar with.

8. Lack of promotion to the next rank: Some officers and men of the Nigeria Police have been on the same rank for ten to fifteen years without promotion. This sometimes leads to deep frustration and the tendency not to put in their best into their jobs.

9. Undue pressure from the government and other powerful individuals: On the police to find perpetrators of crimes by all means as quickly as possible sometimes put investigators on edge and lead to avoidable mistakes

10. Tribalism and other cultural and traditional influence: This has been aptly labelled ‘Na my brother syndrome ‘. The desire to protect and please kinsmen sometimes hamper policemen in the performance of their legitimate duties.

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