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Embassy denies claim of 1.5m Nigerians in need of passports

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The Nigerian Embassy in Rome, Italy,  has debunked claims by the Nigerians that of the three million registered Nigerians in Italy 1.5 million needed passports.

Recall that Mr. George Omo-Iduhon, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe, NIDOE, Italy Chapter, has on Saturday, said more than 1.5 million registered Nigerians urgently needed the Nigerian passport.

Omo-Iduhon had said: “One of the problems we are facing as Nigerians living in Italy is acute shortage of Nigerian passport. Most times, we go to the embassy to address the problem. What we normally get as response is the shortage of booklets and backlogs.”

The Embassy in a statement observed that it was not unaware of information circulating on the social media, in which a particular association of Nigerians in Italy, provided divergent information on the statistics of undocumented and documented Nigerians residing in the country among other issues.

“The Embassy, remains the only body in the country that will be able to provide relevant figures on such issues through traditional diplomatic communications with the relevant host government authorities. Nigerian organisations are hereby advised to always cross-check with the Mission on such matters in the future, before making such statements.”

The statement points out that the figure of Nigerians resident in the country bandied in the publication as three million was a far cry from the official 113,049 figure by the Italian statistics agency ISTAT.

“It is imperative to inform that the Federal Government is already responding to Missions’ appeal for the supply of a higher number of passport booklets. In December 2021, a sizeable consignment of passport booklets was made available to the Embassy.

“It advises Nigerians to use only legally recognised routes on international travel if they intend to visit Italy. Also, Nigerians visiting Italy for whatever reason are advised to register their presence with the Embassy and obtain their consular identification cards.

“Ambassador Mfawa Abam, assures Nigerians in Italy that citizens diplomacy remains the main thrust of the Embassy. In view of the foregoing, no effort is being spared towards ensuring that all Nigerians in the country receive needed consular services,” the statement added.

 

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(Majah) debunked rumours For Stepping down, Ahead of the forthcoming PDP Primaries.

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Aspirant Vying for the Position of Federal House of Representative for Yola South, Yola North and Girei Local government areas of Adamawa state, Alhaji Umar Muhammad Baba known as (Majah) has debunked the rumours being peddled that he has stepped down from the Contest for one of the Aspirant from his home town, Yola North (Jimeta) Ahead of the forthcoming PDP Primaries.

This Was Contained in a Statement from Aspirants Campaign office and Singed by his Media aide Jamilu Ahmad Wambai in Yola.

The Statement Said, It became quite imperative to his Constituency Categorically that, the rumour is the pigments of imagination of Political detractors and Mischief makers who are desperate to Create Confusion ahead of Party Primaries Scheduled for this Month.

Majah Campaign Office however, Noted with grave Concern that some faceless Politicians who have lost hope in the forth Coming Party Primaries, Could Peddled Unfounded and Unsubstantiated rumour that, he had withdrew from the race, So as to Cause disaffection within the PDP in Yola South, Yola North & Girei Constituency and the State at large.

Statement Therefore, Said it is instructive to announce that, Federal lawmaker Aspirants hopeful, Under the Platform of PDP Alh. Umar Mohammad Baba Kwnon as (Majah) is still on the race and he Will Sustain his Campaign activities and Urged Exco’s, Delegate and Stakeholders to Work in the interest of the Party, ahead of the Party’s Primaries and 2023 general Election.

Consequently, all Party Delegates and other Stakeholders have been advised to disregard the Purported rumour and fully support the Aspiration hopefull of Alh. Umar Baba (Maja) for the Party to succeed in the general Election.

Evidently, The Majah Aspiration Candidature is the only Midas touch for the Party to ensure it’s victory during the general Election.

Majah also used the medium to call on PDP faithful supporters to rally round their party’s victory come 2023 general Elections.

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Gov. Fintiri has assented to the Adamawa State Districts Creation (Repeal and Re-enactment) Law 2022.

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Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has assented to the Adamawa State Districts Creation (Repeal and Re-enactment) Law 2022.

The Law which is to be cited as The Adamawa State Districts Creation (Repeal and Re-enactment) Law 2022 comes into effect from the 19th day of May 2022.

This is contained in a statement released by Governor Fintiri’s Press Secretary Mr Himwashi Wonosikou on Thursday.

The Law therefore Repeals The Adamawa State Districts Creation Law No. 1 of 1992; The Adamawa State Districts Creation (Amendment) Law No. 3 of 1992 and The Adamawa Districts Creation (Amendment) Law No. 1 of 1996.

The Re-enacted Law which provides for the Appointment, Selection and Deposition of Districts Heads seeks to create additional Districts for State, provide for the appointment of Acting Districts Head and introduce new procedure for screening and selection of Districts Heads.

Subject to this Law or any other Law that may be enacted by the House, the Council shall continue to exercise such administrative powers and perform such functions in respect of Districts as are contained in the Local Government Law 1977 as amended.

The Council shall have the power to appoint Districts Heads, and selection shall be in accordance with traditon and custom of the area constituting the Districts and in the presence of a representative of the Council and such security agents as the Council may request, but where no traditional methods of selection exist, the Council shall constitute a Screening Committee to screen and clear candidates eligible for election.

However, any aggrieved person who has sought to be selected or elected may within two weeks petition the Council.

The council also has powers to depose District Heads and discipline any found wanting whose conduct is being investigated for a period of six Months.

In the event where a District Head is deposed, it shall be final and Conclusively only if approved by the Governor and such approval shall be given within 30 days.

The Adamawa State House of Assembly had earlier passed the Bill on 13th April, 2022.

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Gov. Zulum dissolves Borno State Executive Council.

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Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has approved the dissolution of the Borno state executive council.

The dissolution, which is with immediate effect, was contained in a statement signed by the permanent secretary, administration and general services, Danjuma Ali on behalf of Secretary to the State Government and made available to journalists by the Governor’s spokespersons from the press unit of the Government House in Maiduguri.

The members were directed to handover affairs to permanent secretaries in their ministries.

The statement explained that the dissolution is to create enabling environment for interested members of the EXCO to legally participate in forthcoming primaries and congresses of the All Progressive Congress, APC.

Zulum, according to the statement, expressed deepest appreciation to members of the executive council for unquantifiable contributions while they held offices and wishes them the best of luck in future endeavors.

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