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AfDB Re-elects Akinwumi Adesina as President

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Akinwumi Adesina Releceted as AfDB President

Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), has been re-elected by the voting committee as the President of Africa’s multilateral financial institution for another five years.

Akinwumi, who contested unopposed, was cleared by both internal committee and the external investigating committee on allegations bordering on favoritism and trying to Nigerianise the lender.

As newly re-elected President, Dr Adesina, a former Nigerian Minister of Agriculture, will begin his new term on September 1, 2020.

The election result, which gave him a hundred percent of votes of all regional and non-regional members of the Bank, was announced by the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the Bank, Mrs. Niale Kaba, Minister of National Planning of Côte d’Ivoire.

The election took place on the final day of the 2020 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank Group, which was held virtually for the first time in the Bank’s history.

Minister Niale Kaba, said, “I am delighted that the Board of Governors have re-elected Dr. Adesina for a second term in office as President. As shareholders, we strongly support the Bank and will give him all the necessary support to carry forward and implement his compelling vision for the Bank over the next five years.”

Adesina’s first term focused on the bold new agenda for the Bank Group based on five development priorities known as the High 5s: Light up and Power Africa; Feed Africa; Industrialize Africa; Integrate Africa; and Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa.

During Adesina’s first term, the Bank achieved impactful results on the lives of 335 million Africans, including: 18 million people with access to electricity; 141 million people benefiting from improved agricultural technologies for food security; 15 million people benefiting from access to finance from private investments; 101 million people provided with access to improved transport; and 60 million people gaining access to water and

Bashir Ahmad, Presidential new media aide, in a tweet, said “Nigeria’s Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has been re-elected as the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB). With this re-election, he will spend another 5 years supervising the affairs of the Bank. Congratulations!”

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International Passport Process Made Easy as NIS Improves Online Service

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NIS Improves International Passport Process With Efficient Online Service

Many Nigerians have taken to their social media accounts to commend the new initiative of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) at curbing bribery, reducing processing time and improving service delivery of international passport at its various offices across the nation.

NIS, in recent months, has said Nigerians no longer need to pay more than the stipulated amount to obtain a new passport or renew their expired international passports. However, several Nigerians and even a few bad eggs in the agency have refuted that declaration, saying many online applications are either not attended to or left for months and even years in some cases.

But few patriots like Claudia Nwankwo, who applied and paid the N25,000 stipulated online, have said it indeed works.

In a long detailed post, Nwankwo, a PR Media consultant, said “As “Nigerians” we (naturally) shy away from using government agency portals or online platforms. Many would say that the portals do not work and they make things more difficult. Others would not even bother to try because as far as they are concerned it’s all make believe.

She said after she was told to prepare between N40,000 to N50,000 to renew her 32 pages international passport, she noticed the amount stipulated on the NIS website was half the amount.

I checked on the NIS website and saw that renewal for adults cost only 25k. So, I proceeded to apply using the online portal. I filled the form, printed the necessary document and went straight to Alausa passport office.

“At the office, I was directed to the lady in-charge of online applications. She told me all I needed to do. It seemed as though there was going to be unnecessary delays. I quickly escalated my case and voila! I was ready for capturing.

“The good thing about using the online portal is that you have first-hand information about your application and it puts you half-way through the entire process. Such that when you get to the passport office you only need to get your forms/application approved and proceed for capturing (most likely) same day.”

Nwankwo explained that online application reduces the long stressful process of filling your forms today and returning another day for capturing.

According to her, after capturing applicants are issued a slip which they need to present when picking up their international passport within 72 working hours.

She, therefore, advised intending international passport applicants to follow the steps below in order to apply for a new international passport or renew their expired international passports.

First and foremost, visit the NIS website https://portal.immigration.gov.ng/ to get all necessary information as per requirement and process of application.

If you can do it on your own, its perfect! If not, go straight to the helpdesk of any NIS passport office near you. Immigration Officers would guide you on all you need to know and do. If in doubt or you encounter any misconduct, do well to escalate but insist on the right thing.

• Afterwards, you will need to print out the completed application form, sign it, print out your acknowledgment and payment slip.

• Take along your NIMC slip (compulsory)
• NIN number (compulsory)
• Copies of first and last page of your expired/old passport (if any)
• Hard copy of your expired/old (for sighting)
• Two passport photographs

She added that the international passport cost N25,000 while the payment gateway that facilitates payments for NIS charges N1,000. Bringing total cost to N26,000.

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Resident Doctors Ebonyi Chapter Joins Strike

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Resident Doctors Ebonyi Chapter Down Tools

The National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) Ebonyi State Chapter on Monday joined the nationwide strike declared by the National Executive of the union.

Chidubem Phillip Osuagwu, the Chairman of the union in Ebonyi, confirmed this on Monday.

According to him, doctors are protesting the non-implementation of the COVID-19 welfare packages to their members.

He said since the coronavirus outbreak started in the country in February, its members in Ebonyi have only received the hazard allowance for only two months.

“Federal government did not respect the agreement we had we them. They were to pay for six months but they paid only April and May.

“The agreement was that they will pay 60 percent of basic salary to doctors working in any hospital treating COVID-19 while other health workers will get 40 percent. Also there is an additional 20 percent to those treating Covid-19 patients,” he said.

Mr. Osuagwu added that the resident doctors are also protesting the non-stop worship of Residency Training.

“The claimed that it was captured in the 2020 budget but up till now there has been no implementation. The last report we got is that there was no provision for it,” he said.

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FG Bars Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, Others as Airspace Reopens

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FG Restrics Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, Others From Flying Into Nigeria

The Federal Government has responded to the recent restrictions imposed by the European Union on flights from Nigeria in like manner.

The Federal Ministry of Aviation, in a statement published via its verified Twitter handle, said flights by Lufthansa, Air France, KLM and Etihad Airways are barred from flying into Nigeria as the nation prepare to open its airspace on September 5, 2020 after five months of no flight restrictions put in place to curb the spread COVID-19.

The Ministry said the measures were in response to the same restrictions imposed on flights coming from Nigeria by nations of restricted flights.

Other airlines restricted from flying into Nigeria include RwandAir, Air Namibia, Royal Air Maroc and TAAG Angola, the Aviation Ministry said in the statement.

However, airlines approved to flying into Nigeria include British Airways, Delta Air, Qatar Airways, Emirates Airline and Ethiopian Airlines. Similarly, flights from Ghana, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Kenya, Lebanon and Turkey are permitted to flying into Africa’s largest economy.

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