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Most Almajiris in the North are foreigners – Ganduje

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Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has said most Almajiri, Quranic school pupils roaming the streets in the northern part of the country are not Nigerians.

“A lot of them are foreigners from the Niger Republic, Chad and Cameroun,” Ganduje said on Monday while declaring open a three-day retreat organised by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in Kano.

He spoke at the event whose theme was given as ‘Enhancing Basic Education in Nigeria towards a Robust Institutional Strengthening and Effective Stakeholder Engagement’.

The governor said, “From the survey, we have conducted, most of the “Almajiri” roaming our streets are from Niger, Chad, and the northern part of Cameroun.

“Once you improve the quality of ‘Almajiri’ education system, you are inviting other ‘Almajiri’ from other places to come to your state. That is another problem.

“The northern governors are putting more pressure toward having a universal legislation that will limit the migration from one state to another.”

He said that the retreat was “very vital and important, especially at this moment that the country is gradually coming out from the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected education in the country”.

According to Ganduje, the retreat is also important because it is coming at a time education has become the first victim of uncontrolled population, especially when it is not matched with appropriate economic development.

Ganduje said that free and compulsory primary and secondary school education as well as the transformation of the ”Almajiri” education system were some of his major priorities in the education sector.

Executive Secretary, UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboye, said that the retreat was aimed at providing an opportunity for the board and management to brainstorm, exchange ideas and strategies toward moving basic education forward.

He said that the board and management would review strategic priorities and propose workable changes in the institution’s structure to drive both the medium and long-term goals of the commission.

He said, “We will also re-assess the legal framework, service delivery model, share emerging developments and trends, including global best practices, for better performance.

“This retreat could not have come at a better time than now when Nigeria and, indeed, the entire world, is facing a common enemy – COVID-19. The pandemic is serving as an eye-opener for all stakeholders in basic education.”

 

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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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