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Implementation of New US Visa Validity Policy Begins March 1, Says Aregbesola

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Implementation of New US Visa Validity Policy Begins March 1, Says Aregbesola

NaijaNews reports that Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior, has said that the new Bilateral Consular Policy Agreements between Nigeria and the United States of America on visa reciprocity for citizens of both countries will take effect on March 1, 2023, following its approval.

This is contained in a statement issued yesterday by the minister’s SA Media, Sola Fasure, adding that the minister said the agreements include the reciprocity of five-year tourist visa validity for American Citizens pursuant to Section 30 of the Immigration Act, 2015; Extension of visa validity to three years for diplomats and government officials between the citizens of Nigeria and the United States of America.

The statement said, “As part of the Bilateral Agreement, the United States of America will implement a similar policy for Nigerians wishing to travel on tourist visas to the United States and for our diplomats and officials visiting the country. The United States will thus extend tourist visa validity for Nigerian citizens to five years.”

President Muhammadu Buhari launched the new Nigeria Visa Policy in 2020 and it is conceived to promote tourism and boost cultural exchange and business, among others, between both nations.

According to the statement, Aregbesola had directed the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, to start the implementation of the policy from March 1, 2023.

 

 

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NNPP Takes Two Assembly Seats in Kano Re-run

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NNPP Takes Two Assembly Seats in Kano Re-run

NNPP Takes Two Assembly Seats in Kano Re-run

The New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) has won two State House of Assembly seats in the just concluded rerun elections in the state.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Dr. Alhassan Ishaq of the NNPP winner of the election in the Kura/Garun Malam Constituency.
The returning officer of the election, Prof. Shehu Galadanchi, announced that Ishaq of the NNPP polled 37,262 votes to beat Musa Daurawa of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who scored 30,803 votes.

Similarly, INEC declared Bello Butu-Butu of the NNPP the winner of the re-run election held at Rimin Gado/Tofa State Constituency.
According to the returning officer of the election, Prof. Ibrahim Tajo Suraj, Butu-Butu polled 31,135 votes to beat his opponent of the APC, who received 25,577 votes.

However, INEC has suspended the election in Kunchi/Tsanyawa after suspected political thugs hijacked election materials to an unknown location.

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Wike vs Fubara: You are disrespecting Tinubu – APC Chairman blasts Rivers governor

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Wike vs Fubara: You are disrespecting Tinubu—APC Chairman blasts Rivers governor

Wike vs Fubara: You are disrespecting Tinubu—APC Chairman blasts Rivers governor

The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused Governor Sim Fubara of disrespecting President Bola Tinubu amid his rift with the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike.

The APC Caretaker Committee Chairman in the state, Tony Okocha, said Fubara has not fulfilled all the proclamations made by Tinubu at the peace deal with Wike.

He spoke at the party’s secretariat in Port Harcourt while addressing defectors joining the party.

Okocha said: “It will amount to barefaced disobedience for Gov. Siminalayi not to follow all eight indices in the proclamation made by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in response to the Rivers State political crisis.

“His continued refusal to present the Rivers State 2024 budget to a properly constituted Rivers State House of Assembly under Rt Hon Martin Amaewhule (Speaker), as captured in index 6.

“The flagrant cold feet in the conduct of local government elections (see index 8) are signs of disrespect for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The APC Rivers (which is Mr. President‘s Party) stoutly condemns this act of disobedience perpetrated by Gov. Fubara and warns against the likely concomitant fallouts.”

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Paul Agbonze Obazele Addresses Labor Party Leaders in Edo Central Senatorial District

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Mr. Paul Agbonze Obaze Empowers Labor Party in Edo Central Senatorial District

 

In a pivotal moment for the Labor Party, Mr. Paul Agbonze Obazele took the stage to deliver an impassioned speech during a crucial meeting with the party’s Edo Central Senatorial leader, the executive committee members, women leaders, and local government area chairmen.

 

Naijanewsngr reports that this gathering, marked by Mr. Obazele’s insightful address, also saw the presence of fellow Labor Party governorship aspirants, further solidifying the party’s stance in the senatorial district.

 

Gathering by the Edo Senatorial District Leaders

 

 

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