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Don’t set Kogi ablaze, APC cautions PDP, SDP candidates

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National Chairman of the party, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje

Don’t set Kogi ablaze, APC cautions PDP, SDP candidates

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has cautioned the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 11 governorship election in Kogi State, Dino Melaye, and that of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Yakubu Ajaka, against setting the state ablaze through their actions and utterances.

Addressing newsmen at the APC national secretariat on Thursday in Abuja, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, said instead of seeking redress in court after suffering defeat in the election, Melaye and Ajaka have been blackmailing the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and making statements capable of “inciting violence” in the state.

Recall that there have been violent incidents in the state before and after the elections in which INEC declared candidate of the APC, Ahmed Usman Ododo, winner.

The APC said it welcomed the decision of Kogi Police Command to investigate the alleged attack on the Secretary to the election tribunal and the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Gabriel Hale Longpet, and asked security agencies to do a thorough job on the matter.

The APC said, “Despite substantial compliance with electoral laws and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the conduct of the elections, the post-election situation in Kogi has been bedeviled by contrived controversies and orchestrated violence that now threaten the peace and security of the good state of Kogi.

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“The opposition parties that contested that election, particularly the SDP and the PDP are severely conflicted between accepting or challenging the result of the election. Rather than carry out comprehensive evaluation of the reasons they were rejected at the polls, these parties have continued to peddle falsehood and promote ethnic and social unrest in the state.

“We condemn, as dangerous, the incendiary rhetoric of opposition figures in Kogi State who continue to inflame passion and incite strife. Their actions and utterances provide a charged atmosphere for escalation of violence in the state.

“We especially condemn the reported attack against the Secretary of the Election Tribunal, Mike Umar David, on Monday, December 4, 2023, in very spurious circumstances. The SDP clearly has a lot of explaining to do regarding this incident. Their utterances and actions, prior to, and since, that incident, betray suspicious special knowledge of the incident.”

Meanwhile, the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem has relocated the Kogi Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal from Lokoja to Abuja.

A statement by David Umar Mike, Secretary of the Tribunal, said that its sittings would now be at the National Judicial Institute on Umar Yar’Adua Way.

Don’t set Kogi ablaze, APC cautions PDP, SDP candidates

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Military warns against calls for coup over economic hardship

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Military warns against calls for coup over economic hardship

Those calling for coup don’t mean well for Nigeria’

The military has warned those calling for a forceful takeover of government through a coup due to the rising cost of living in Nigeria.

It said on Thursday that it would come down hard on people inviting the military to truncate Nigeria’s democracy, noting that they do not mean well for the country.

Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, said this on Thursday, saying those calling a coup did not mean well for the country.

Musa said the Armed Forces would continue to protect the country’s democracy.

He spoke while responding to questions from newsmen shortly after he commissioned the main entrance of the 6 Division, Nigerian Army and Officers Transit Accommodation, both at the Division Headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.

Although he admitted the country was experiencing some challenges, he said coup calls were improper because nations would achieve more and develop faster under a democracy.

“Whoever is making that the call (coup) does not love Nigeria. We want to make it very clear that the Armed Forces of Nigeria are here to protect democracy.

“We all want democracy and we do better under democracy. And so we will continue to support democracy. And any of those ones that are calling for anything other than democracy are evil people and I think they don’t mean well for Nigeria.

“And they should be very careful because the law will come after them. We can see that with democracy a lot of things are happening in Nigeria. Yes we are going through trying periods, I mean in life nothing is hundred percent.”

He also stated, “Everybody goes through a trying period in life, and it is what you do with them. You can see the government putting efforts to ensure that we come out better.

“And it is when you go through difficulties and come out better you will really appreciate what it is to build a nation. And so we are going through our trying period, but I can assure Nigerians that it will get better.

“All we need is for all of us to put our hands together to ensure that we defeat those enemies of the government; those enemies of this country that don’t want us to succeed. We will surely succeed and the Armed Forces are here to support the government in ensuring that we develop; we succeed and to see that there is peace in Nigeria.”

 

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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.

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

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