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PASSPORT: US BASED TRADITIONAL RULER COMMENDS INTERIOR MINISTER

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : February 29th, 2024

HRM Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun Commends Minister of Interior and Nigerian Immigration Service for Introducing Contactless Passport Technology

In a recent statement, the Oba of Dallas, His Royal Majesty, (HRM) Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun has expressed commendations towards the Federal Minister of Interior, Mr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, and the Nigerian Immigration Services for their initiative to implement contactless technology for international passport applications for diasporans. This views came ahead of the preparation for the anticipated launch of the system on March 8, 2024.

Oba Akile’s statement said, in his interaction with some stakeholders he was was able to confirm that “the introduction of contactless technology aims to streamline and enhance the passport application process for Nigerians in diaspora, making it more convenient and efficient for Nigerian citizens to access their passports easily”.

By adopting this advanced technology, applicants home and abroad will experience faster processing times and reduced physical contact during the application process, this aligns with global trends in digitalization and modernization” Oba Akile said.

The US based traditional ruler emphasized the importance of embracing innovative solutions to improve public services, especially in critical areas such as immigration and passport issuance. He lauded the efforts of the Tinubu led government, dedication of the Minister of Interior and the Nigerian Immigration Service for their commitment to enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of passport services in the country.

While assuring Nigerians living abroad of the sincerity of the government in this regard, the Ijebu-born leader of Iga Okun-Ade Yoruba African Community assured that “the implementation of contactless technology reflects Nigeria’s commitment to leveraging digital solutions to enhance security and convenience for its citizens and visitors. The system is expected to enhance the integrity of passport issuance processes, reduce the risk of identity theft, and improve overall service delivery.”

The government’s proactive approach towards embracing technological advancements is a testament to its commitment to modernizing public services and enhancing the overall experience for citizens and visitors alike”.

Push News 24 International reports that as the March 8, 2024 launch date approaches, anticipation builds among citizens and stakeholders eager to experience the benefits of the new contactless passport application system.

With a thriving environment for racketeering, process for obtaining the Nigerian passport has turned the booklet into a hire purchase document where applicants pay official cost at point of application, connoting preliminary down payment. This is the practice nationwide. Applicants who fail to comply with this process risk delayed services characterised by uncertainty, except for Very Important Persons, VIP,  and those with direct contact with top officials of NIS who enjoy some level of waivers exempting them from any form of bargains. Despite this, a balance sum is made as gift at the end of the exercise to the facilitating official in appreciation, but at the discretion of the applicant.

Sadly, some of these NIS officials have also extended these unethical practices to foreigners and the country’s missions abroad. As a government agency providing direct services to foreigners, NIS is the face of Nigeria.  How it carries out its activities and obligations rub off on the country’s image with implications on public perception. Its conduct can be used to gauge corruption in the course of passport, visa, work permit and expatriate quota issuance. The hire purchase process is embodied in two recognised methods of application, namely: online and physical through an NIS official. In the online, applicants are required to apply through dedicated portal on the internet where payment is made and appointment date assigned for biometric capture. Fixed date for collection is not known, and applicants need not contact NIS officials prior to application.  

After releasing royal blessings for the progress and development of Nigeria, HRM Oba Abimbola Akile Balogun’s commendation underscores the significance of the introduction of contactless passport technology and highlights the collaborative efforts between the government and relevant agencies to drive positive change and innovation in the country’s immigration processes.

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TINUBU VOWS TO INVOLVE DIASPORANS IN HIS POLICY IMPLEMENTATION

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL: July 27th, 2023

Tinubu vows to involve diaspora Nigerians in policy implementation

President Bola Tinubu said on Tuesday that the government would make sure Nigerians living abroad are part of the policy-making process

He added that this would help deepen democracy in the country and ensure his administration enjoys the needed support from Nigerians in the diaspora.

Represented by his Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, the President at the 2023 National Diaspora Day in Abuja, Tinubu noted that Diaspora support and contributions to national development were key.

Tinubu said, “Our country is emerging into a new dawn of dedicated efforts to ensure national development guarantees peace and promote prosperity for all our nation’s people.

“The ambition we have in this regard cannot be fully realised without the support, contribution, and participation of our brothers and sisters all over the world.

“As such, all deliberate efforts will be made in this administration to ensure that Nigerians in the diaspora community are involved in designing, implementing, and reviewing public policies, plans, and programmes.

“May I also let you know that this new democratically elected government is a Diaspora-friendly one. This will provide an enabling platform for effective policies for the Diaspora with the view to galvanizing support for the new administration and concretising our democracy, setting an example for other African countries to emulate.”

Speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Adamu Lamuwa, stated that Nigerians in the diaspora must be sustained towards achieving a developed country.

Lamuwa stated “We have entered a new phase of consolidating diaspora engagement to promote national development.

“This momentum must be sustained even in a dynamic world to bring about the rapid development of our great nation.”

In her remarks, the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa said, “Our theme is not only appropriate but a summary of the entire mandate of NiDCOM which is to engage and harness the talent, skills, resources and global exposure of Nigerians in the Diaspora for national development.

“Our interactions with the Diaspora community during this year’s National Diaspora Day celebrations, therefore are expected to mobilise the Diaspora to key into some of the programmes of the government and to chart improved and better ways on how to achieve the positive results for national development within the ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ of the government.”

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NEWEST US SENATOR JON OSSOFF THANK NIGERIANS FOR THEIR SUPPORT

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL: November 9th, 2022

NEWEST US SENATOR JON OSSOFF THANK NIGERIANS FOR THEIR SUPPORT

The newest member of the United States Senate; Senator Elect Jon Ossoff of the State of Georgia recorded a video where he specially thanked Nigerians for their massive support especially the Nigerian Healthcare Workers Group.

He mentioned several individuals including Dr Stanley Okoro and Segun Adeyinka amongst others.

In the video made he also urged Nigerians to help bring people out to vote as their numbers would matter.

For the first time in a generation, Democrats took both Georgia Senate seats.

Thomas Jonathan Ossoff born February 16, 1987 is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Georgia since 2021. A member of the Democratic Party, Ossoff was previously a documentary filmmaker and investigative journalist.

Before his election to the Senate, Jon led a team that exposed ISIS war crimes, atrocities committed by peacekeeping troops, human trafficking, fraud, theft, corruption, corporate abuse, and murder as the CEO of a 30-year-old company that produces investigations of official corruption, organized crime, and war crimes for international news organizations.

Mentored by civil rights legend Congressman John Lewis, Jon previously worked as a national security aide in Congress and as an investigative journalist.

In the U.S. Senate, Jon continues his work fighting for the people and exposing the abuse of power.

Jon serves on the powerful Senate Judiciary; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; and Rules Committees. He is also the Chair of the Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

Jon is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (Bachelor of Science) and the London School of Economics (Master of Science).

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US ELECTIONS: MEET THE EIGHT DISTINGUISHED NIGERIANS WHO THEIR SEATS

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL: November 9th, 2022

Make no mistake; Nigeria has a lot of good stuff to talk about even in the midst of all sorts of gloom-ridden news that come out of it occasionally. Believe it or not, Nigerians are smart, intelligent, and innovative – which is why it’s no surprise that many hold prominent positions on the global stage.

Push News 24 International reporys that from academia to business, sports, arts, and politics, Nigerians have always shown the world their prowess. It is indisputable that globally, Nigerians have made their mark in science and engineering, medicine, music, and various other fields.

Make no mistake; Nigeria has a lot of good stuff to talk about even in the midst of all sorts of gloom-ridden news that come out of it occasionally. Believe it or not, Nigerians are smart, intelligent, and innovative – which is why it’s no surprise that many hold prominent positions on the global stage.

From academia to business, sports, arts, and politics, Nigerians have always shown the world their prowess. It is indisputable that globally, Nigerians have made their mark in science and engineering, medicine, music, and various other fields.

In recent times Nigerians in the United States of America have distinguished themselves in the US midterm elections as over 8 Nigerias won their elections in an unprecedented feat.

Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari has also extended his warmest congratulations to eight Nigerian-Americans on their victory in the United States midterm elections.

In Georgia State, Segun Adeyina, Gabe Okoye, Solomon Adesanya, Tish Naghise, and Phil Olaleye won their legislative seats as State Representatives in their Districts.

Similarly, Carol Kazeem won the Pennsylvania State Representative in District 159, Esther Agbaje was re-elected as Minnesota State Representative in District 59B, while Dr. Oye Owolewa was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (Shadow Representative) in Washington D.C.

In his prayerful wishes for a successful tenure in office, President Buhari in a statement by his media aide, Femi Adesina, on Wednesday, thanked them for their invaluable support and partnerships, over the years, with groups affiliated with the ideals and objectives of Nigerians in Diaspora associations in the United States.

Restating his unflinching support for every Nigerian excelling at home and abroad, President Buhari believed that compatriots who succeed in good causes are assets to the nation and the continent, noting that their contributions will always be remembered and celebrated.

Adeoye Owolewa

Adeoye “Oye” Owolewa (born 1989) is a Nigerian-American politician, pharmacist, and a member of the Democratic Party. In November 2020, he was elected as the shadow representative of the United States House of Representatives from the District of Columbia. As a shadow congressperson, Owolewa is tasked with lobbying for D.C. statehood; the unpaid position is authorized by D.C. voters in 1982, but never approved by Congress. Although mistakenly described in Nigerian media as the first Nigerian-American to be elected to the U.S. Congress. Owolewa is not a member of Congress.

Push News 24 International confirms that Owolewa Shadow Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives from the District of Columbia’s at-large district

Carol Kazeem

Carol Kazeem, State Representative for the PA 159th District. 30 years old mother, activist, and a life-long resident of the great City of Chester. She attended the Chester-Upland School District and graduated from Ridley High School.

Carols progressive values are illustrated throughout her professional work having worked in healthcare for over 10 years as a caregiver, medical coder, and behavioral & mental health specialist. Currently serving as a trauma-informed outreach worker and violence interrupter.

She claimed to be running for office because she is fed up with the lack of leadership from elected officials. Unaccountable leadership has led to the advancement of violence, poverty, and exploitation in our community. As your next State Representative, She intends to extend her advocacy for education equity and a $15 minimum wage while continuing our district’s fight against gun violence and mass incarceration.

Phil Olaleye

Phil Olaleye, Georgia House, District 59, GA
Phil is a non-profit leader that supports Atlanta youth by providing exposure to local companies, colleges and after-school mentorship. Phil has dedicated his life to serving his community and believes in a future where hardworking families can prosper and every child can thrive no matter their zip code or background.

Phil ran to represent Georgia’s House of Representatives District 59, and is fighting to invest fully in our public schools, expand access to quality and affordable healthcare, and raise the minimum wage to a liveable wage. A former neighborhood president and a Peace Corps alum, he is working hard to build a vision for the communities that is inclusive and supports working families. Phil and his wife live in Summerhill where they are raising their son.

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DIASPORA VOTING : NIDCOM TO ASSIST IN DRAFTING BILL – ABIKE DABIRI

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : January 2nd, 2022

Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, NIDCOM Boss

Former Lawmaker and Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has come to clear the air on diaspora voting as we count down to the 2023 general elections.

Abike Dabiri, who, without a shred of doubt had raised the bar during her hugely successful stint as a journalist, who has been the face and link between Nigerians living abroad and the Federal Government is also confident that diaspora voting is doable.

Push News 24 International confirms that the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission through Abike’s leadership has expressed its readiness to assist Nigerians abroad to ensure that the National Assembly passes a law that will allow them to vote during general elections.

It however agreed that the proposed diaspora voting can be limited to some countries for a start.

The NIDCOM Chairman, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed these in an interview with the media.

Dabiri-Erewa in the interview, said her commission would do everything possible to assist Nigerians in Diaspora to achieve their dream on diaspora voting.

The assistance, she explained, would include the drafting of a bill that would be sent to the National Assembly as well as the necessary lobbying needed to ensure that the proposed amendment to the nation’s electoral laws scale through at the parliament.

She further disclosed that a seminar, where the issue and others as well as the possible challenges and how to tackle them would be addressed, had been fixed for Monday.

She said, “We will do everything to push along with Nigerians in diaspora on this issue of diaspora voting.

A bill will be drafted and sent to the parliament to be included in the constitution amendment process because we will need the constitution to be amended to accommodate it.

For now, diaspora voting may not feature the whole world. We will draft the bill in a manner that will give INEC the discretion to decide which countries for now, whether UK, US or so.”

Dabiri-Erewa worked for the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) for fifteen years, anchoring the weekly NTA News line programme and taking a particular interest in poverty and social justice issues. She retired from her position at Nigerian Television Authority to stand for election in the House of Representatives, winning with a substantial majority.

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NIGERIANS-IN-DIASPORA DISCUSSES DIASPORA ROLE IN ATTAINING SDG’S IN NIGERIA

PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : November, 2021

The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) Germany will hold its First Development Roundtable, a virtual event, on 4 December 2021.

Themed “Driving Diaspora Engagement Towards The Realisation of The SDGs In Nigeria”, the online conference brings together experts who will talk about how to refocus diaspora engagement on the sustainable eradication of poverty and the improvement of the living condition of the people, contributing to the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria.

To be moderated by Michelle Olufeso, the online event will take off at 11 am and end by 1 pm on the 4th December 2021.

Speakers that will make presentations at the event include Dr Austin Ezejiofor, the Abuja-based Programme Coordinator for Programme Migration and Diaspora (PMD) at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ (German Society for International Cooperation).

Abosede Mary Otukpe is the founder and CEO of Denny Social Welfare (DSW) Hub, a not-for-profit social service organisation based in Lagos. DSW Hub promotes the health and welfare of children and families. The organisation also works with returned migrants, especially single parents and children, to improve their reintegration experience and prevent re-trafficking.

Another speaker, Mary-Martin Falana is the CEO of Kids and Teens Resource Centre, Akure. An activist, Martin-Mary advocates for children and young people, particularly on the issues of adolescent reproductive health and sexual rights. He has also fought for the provision of youth-friendly healthcare services for young people in Ondo State. Martin-Mary has served as a consultant for capacity development and project management for various civil society networks in Sub-Saharan Africa on malaria, AIDS and TB issues. He believes that “Collective responsibility is the key to sustainable development that is culture-sensitive and gender-inclusive”.

Also, Caius Eze is the founder and director of the Munich-based Elite Leadership Foundation, whose vision is ‘to raise and equip leaders that will teach other leaders’. A leadership trainer and youth empowerment resource person, he has been actively involved in mentoring and mobilising youth in Nigeria for more than a decade. Caius, who is also the Assistant General Secretary of NIDO Germany, is “a fan of education, causes and volunteering” while he’s also interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Femi Awoniyi is the President of NIDO Germany. A practising journalist who has been reporting on the African diaspora and development for more than two decades, Femi will deliver the keynote, highlighting the new thinking on how to bring about a more impactful diaspora engagement on homeland development.

Nigeria’s Ambassador to Germany, His Excellency, Yusuf Maitama Tuggar will be the Special Guest Speaker.

According to the organisers, the Programme also supports people who wish to put the knowledge they have acquired in Germany to good use in their countries of origin.

For example, these people can achieve such gestures by working as returning experts, diaspora experts or starting their own businesses.

GIZ believes that, with their knowledge, experience and contacts, the diaspora can trigger important changes and contribute to ensuring a sustainable future in their home countries.

NIDO Germany is the German chapter of the global Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO). The mandate of NIDO is to promote the welfare of the Nigerian diaspora and pursue national development through advocacy, networking, partnerships and bilateral cooperation.

Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE) is the continental umbrella organisation of all NIDO chapters in Europe with headquarters at the Nigerian High Commission in London.

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PIB BILL: NIGERIANS-IN-DIASPORA COMMENDS PRESIDENT BUHARI; SALUTES NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

PUSH NEWS INTERNATIONAL : August 19th, 2021

PIB BILL: NIGERIANS-IN-DIASPORA COMMENDS PRESIDENT BUHARI; SALUTES NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

19th August, 2021- Texas,USA

Nigerian stakeholders abroad under the platform of National Association of Tinubu Support Groups NCTSG DIASPORA-USA have commended President Mohammadu BUHARI and indeed Nigerians for the signing into law the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).
The General Secretary of the group, Hon Olamilekan Ojo Martins, said this in a congratulatory letter released to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)and online blogs on Wednesday.

“I wish on behalf of the NCTSG DIASPORA-USA and the Nigerian community in Diaspora to extend our warm congratulations to you on signing into law the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) 2021, which marks a significant milestone for Nigeria’s oil industry and an historic achievement for your Presidency” .

You have created a new frontier for the industry following years of legislative efforts to strengthen the legal, regulatory, fiscal and governance framework of the petroleum sector”.

For the past 20 years, there have been various attempts at reforming the industry. However, none of these efforts has yielded any tangible result until the introduction of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) 2020. Prior to now, there were various iterations of the PIB. The PIB started as an omnibus bill and was later divided into 4 separate bills before emerging in 2020 as a consolidated bill.

It is a fact that previous attempts at passing the PIB in 2009, 2012 and 2018 failed because of factors such as lack of ownership, misalignment of interests between the National Assembly and the Executive, perceived erosion of ministerial powers, stiff opposition by the petroleum host communities and push back by investors on the perceived uncompetitive provisions in those versions of the bill. The PIB 2021 is set to address all the issues to the extent possible. It should be noted that the present administration and the 9th National Assembly have demonstrated unparalleled commitment to passing the bill. They understand the importance of passing a bill that is competitive, balanced, fair, reasonable and realistic.

Indeed, the new law will enhance the Nigerian petroleum industry’s reputation, open the door to new investment and ultimately strengthen its position to meet the world’s growing demand for energy,” he said.

According to the Scribe, NCTSG DIASPORA-USA believes that the enactment of the legislation was timely as the investment outlook had become clouded by efforts aimed at accelerating a lower-carbon future.

According to him, the new law will help harness Nigeria’s potential to achieve its programme of raising oil production and reserves to above 40 billion barrels, while also drawing on the country’s vast natural gas reserves to provide clean and efficient energy and these resources will be vital to supplying world markets with optional portfolio of energy resources, and support global efforts to alleviate energy poverty as outlined in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 7.

“The passage of the PIB is in no doubt a morale booster and confidence for Nigeria’s living abroad to diversify their investment back home while preventing skill flight.

The NCTSG scribe stressed that the group which is a Nigerian coalition of various stakeholders living in the United States is a pro-government group and will continue to identify with Progressive tendencies by the Federal Government.

Mr Olanrewaju Lawal
Dir, Media and Communications

For: NCTSG DIASPORA-USA