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Anambra varsity female lecturer abducted

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A lecturer of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra State, has been abducted.

The lecturer, a female professor, was reportedly abducted on her way to Awka from the university.

The President-General, Enugwu-Agidi Brotherly Union, Ndubuisi Obijiofor, confirmed the incident in a statement.

He said, “This is to inform the general public of the unfortunate kidnap incident that took place on the Enugwu-Agidi-Nawgu Road on Wednesday about 6.25pm.

“The kidnap victim, a professor with the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Anambra State, who left for Awka after having a Senate meeting with her colleagues in the school, unfortunately her movement was cut short by the activities of the kidnappers.

“This is the second time a lecturer would fall victim to the notorious kidnappers on the same spot. The particular spot where the incident took place is highly deplorable, making users of the road more vulnerable to attack.

“The leadership of the Enugwu-Agidi community wishes to inform the general public to desist from plying that route as from 6.30pm because of the security threats, while we strategise as a community to beef up security around the area.

“We also urge the state government to come to our aid by repairing the road to facilitate easy movement of vehicles on the road for security purposes. As I present this report, the victim is still in their captivity.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, who also confirmed the incident, said, “Although the alleged incident was not officially reported, the Commissioner of Police, John Abang, has ordered a discreet investigation to ascertain the veracity of the allegation, rescue the victim and fish out perpetrators in order to bring them to justice.”

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Drama as TUC pulls out of planned nationwide strike

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Drama as TUC pulls out of planned nationwide strike

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has decided not to participate in the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC)’s proposed nationwide strike.

Tommy Etim, the TUC’s Vice President, stated this on Thursday.

Etim attributed the decision to cancel the planned strike on a “lack of decision making”.

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He underlined the importance of collective bargaining among labor unions before embarking on a demonstration.

Meanwhile, the NLC has rejected the advice of the Department of State Services (DSS) to shelve the nationwide protest scheduled for February 27 and 28.

I’m a statement on Wednesday evening, NLC president described the advice as unsolicited adding that it would proceed with the protest the hardship currently being faced by most Nigerians.

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Parent visa: 5 countries that offer visas allowing family members reside with you

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Parent visa: 5 countries that offer visas allowing family members reside with you

Countries around the globe have implemented ‘Parent Visa’ programs as a means to reunite citizens or permanent residents with their parents who live abroad.

There are 5 countries which are known to have implemented this visa category.

Nairametrics learns that these visas vary widely in their requirements and privileges; some permit the visa holder to work, while others may require a financial investment into the host country.

About Parent Visa

The “Parent Visa,’ known by various names in different countries, acts as a bridge for families separated by borders, allowing them to live together.

For example, New Zealand’s approach to the ‘Parent Visa’ allows parents to reside in the country for up to six months at a stretch.

This exemplifies how conditions and stipulations for such visas can differ markedly from one nation to another, reflecting the diverse policies on family reunification.

This visa category underscores the importance many countries place on family unity as a fundamental value. By facilitating the process for parents to join their children, these nations acknowledge the significant emotional and social benefits of maintaining close family ties, despite the geographical distances that might exist.

The ‘Parent Visa’ thus serves not only as a legal mechanism for immigration but also as a testament to the universal value of family.

Here are the countries offering Parent Visas:

New Zealand

In New Zealand, the Parent Resident Visa enables residents and citizens to sponsor their parents for residency.

The eligibility requires the New Zealand resident to have adequate income and commit to sponsoring their parents.

This visa grants the right to live, work, and study in New Zealand and allows the inclusion of partners in the residence application.

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The application process begins with submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI). If selected, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will issue an Invitation To Apply (ITA).

Only recipients of an ITA are eligible to proceed with the residence application, which must be filed within four months of receiving the ITA.

Australia 

Australia has established a Parent Visa category and introduced amendments to the Migration Bill to facilitate family reunification more efficiently.

To qualify, an applicant must have a child who is an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen, who has been living in Australia for at least two years before the application. The parent must also serve as a sponsor.

Initially, the Parent Visa provides temporary residency for two years, offering the opportunity to later transition to permanent residency.

Canada

Canada provides two kinds of visas for parents. The Super Visa a temporary solution, is available to the parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

This visa permits multiple entries over ten years, with each stay allowed to last up to two years.

Financial backing from the child or grandchild is a necessary condition.

Additionally, there is the Parents and Grandparents Program, which carries stricter requirements but grants the visa holder the ability to live and work in Canada.

United Kingdom 

In the United Kingdom, parents can obtain a visa if their child is under 18, a British citizen, or a permanent resident who has lived in the UK continuously for seven years. The visa is called a family visa.

A requirement for obtaining this visa is active involvement in the child’s upbringing, including participation in school activities and healthcare decisions. The visa is initially granted for 2.5 years, with the possibility of extension thereafter.

Germany

Germany facilitates family reunification via the Family Reunion Visa. This visa is accessible to parents of third-country nationals living in Germany, assuming these nationals are citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area, or the European Free Trade Association.

Family members and partners are eligible to apply for this visa, which allows them to live and work in Germany without the need for a separate work or residence permit.

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Reps stop 60% fee increase for Law School

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Reps stop 60% fee increase for Law School

The House of Representatives on Wednesday requested that the Council of Legal Education stop the recent 60% fee hike for the Nigerian Law School (NLS).

The House adopted a motion by the Minority Leader, Kingsley Chinda, read on his behalf by Ginger Owusibe, and urged its committees on Justice, Tertiary Education, and Services to examine solutions to the matter at hand and report back within two weeks.

Chinda described the NLS as a medium through which the Council of Legal Education regulates the legal education of persons seeking to become members of the legal profession, as provided for in Section 1(2) of the Legal Education (Consolidation, etc.) Act Cap. L10, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

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The lawmaker was concerned that the Council of Legal Education approved a 60 per cent increase in fees from N296,000 to N476,000 for the 2023/2024 Bar Part II academic session. He noted that the 2023–2024 Bar Part II Academic session began in January 2024, with no time given to prospective students to raise the balance.

Chinda also lamented that Nigeria is facing a 27.33 per cent inflation rate, as reported by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS), which is projected by Trade Economics to rise to 30 per cent. He thus warned that unless immediate steps are taken to strike a balance between the Council’s need to provide quality services and the prospective students’ abilities to afford an increment, the country will see a high decrease in the number of NLS graduates, resulting to a decrease in the number of lawyers in the next Call to Bar Ceremony, thus leading to a higher national unemployment rate.

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