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Senate Tells FG to Finance Technology Research

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Senate Advises FG to Invest in Technology Research

The Senate Committee on Science and Technology has advised the Federal Government to invest in research in technology to grow the economy, reduce the high unemployment rate and improve foreign exchange rate.

Senator Uche Ekwunife, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Science and Technology, disclosed during a courtesy visit to Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the governor of Enugu State.

Ekwunife said, “What we need is what we can use to make our youths self-reliant. The technology incubation centre is a good example of that.

It can drive us to independence in terms of the things we consume in Nigeria and also make our youths entrepreneurs who will not seek employment but create jobs.

“The challenges of science and technology is finance. We need the federal government to invest in science and technology. If we do not invest in science and technology, we will remain backward.
“Research cost a lot of money and we are calling on the federal government to invest in science and technology. They must fund research, because it costs money.

Ekwunife, who also spoke to the management staff of Technology Incubation Centres in Enugu, said, “The reason for this visit is to liaise with you to see how we can advance our technology and also see what we can help you do in terms of budget and appropriation.

“Every quality product is as a result of research, and research is fueled by science and technology. It does not come cheap and government has to do more in terms of funding.

Governor Ugwuanyi assured the Senate of his readiness to work hand in hand with the Senate to advance science and technology in the state by supporting the centre.

The Technology Incubation Centre is designed by the federal government to add value through research. We assure you that we will partner with the centre in Enugu. We will use it to create employment and wealth for the youths.

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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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