British High Commission offices shut down in Nigeria for Queen Elizabeth ll

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

 

The British High Commission offices across the country will be closed down for business from Monday 19th of September.

This piece of information was made available via a statement by the UK Mission in Nigeria through all its Social media platforms.

The closure is connected to the death of Queen Elizabeth II and burial arrangements.

The notice, however, added that Visa Application Centres in Abuja and Lagos will remain open.

The notice, however, added that Visa Application Centres in Abuja and Lagos will remain open.

A service of remembrance was held for the Queen on Thursday at the Cathedral Church of Advent in the nation’s capital.

The final resting place of the late Commonwealth head will be at St. George’s Chapel within Windsor Castle, next to her husband, Prince Philip.

Born April 21, 1926, in London, the Queen of England passed away on September 8, 2022, at the Balmoral Castle.

The exact date for re-opening will be passed across in due course.

FG awards Nigerian citizenship to 286 foreigners

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has awarded Nigerian citizenship to 286 nationals, urging them to be good citizens of the country to enjoy all the rights and privileges bestowed on them.

Out of these deserving persons who signed to be Nigerians, 208 received certificates for Naturalization, while 78 got certificates by Registration after they officially recited the oath of allegiance and the Nigerian national pledge during the ceremony held at the banquet hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari at the ceremony said, ‘You have pledged your allegiance to Nigeria. When you give your love and loyalty to Nigeria, she returns her love and loyalty to you.”

The President explained that out of the 286 foreign nationals presented with certificates of Nigerian Citizenship, 208 received certificates for Naturalization, while 78 got certificates by Registration.

He urged them to make positive and useful contributions to the advancement, progress and well-being of the different communities they reside, adding that as citizens they must be in accord with the national ethics and code of conduct.

According to him, ”You are expected to abide by the Ideals and Institution of the Nigerian National Flag, Anthem, Pledge and respect for all Constituted Authorities.

”All those concerned with Immigration matters are to offer our new citizens quick legal identification. Also, their Local Governments should assist with their integration in the local community to enable them enjoy all the entitlements of a Nigerian citizen.”

In exercising the constitutional powers conferred on him, by Chapter III Sections 25-31 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), the President told the new citizens that Nigeria is a nation united by the principles of opportunity, equality, and liberty as enshrined in the Constitution.

He said, ”No matter where you come from, or what faith you practice, this country is now your country. Our history is now your history, and our traditions are now your traditions. Nigeria is your home and pride and joy.

”In line with our transformational ideals of strict adherence to due process and transparent procedures, the Ministry of Interior ensured that only deserving persons were recommended to the Federal Executive Council to be conferred with Nigerian citizenship.”

President Buhari recounted that the Federal Government in 2020 adopted the National Action Plan to eradicate statelessness and accordingly, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, inaugurated the High-level Steering Committee to Eradicate Statelessness in Nigeria by 2024.

”This ceremony therefore is a further demonstration of the Federal Government’s commitment and determination to remove as many people as possible from statelessness.

”In this regard, I will like to reiterate our commitment to the strategic role Nigeria plays in the comity of nations, in its unwavering quest for greater human integration, towards ensuring peace and prosperity.”

Welcoming the new Nigerians, the Minister of Interior in his speech entitled ‘‘The more the merrier’’, said the beneficiaries were from the United States, Europe, the Americas, Asia, Middle East, Oceania and Africa, who have seen the good in Nigeria.

”Without any doubt, Nigeria is a great nation, richly endowed and blessed with great people. Smart people continue to flock to our country to do business with us,’’ Aregbesola said, adding that Nigeria would continue to welcome every qualified citizenship applicant.

The Minister described the conferment ceremony as a celebration of the oneness of the human race, consistent with the mandate of the Ministry and the Buhari administration to lay a solid socio-economic and political foundation that will thrust Nigeria into one of the top 20 economies in the world.

”To achieve this lofty vision, the government is determined to encourage and attract foreign investors, high-net worth individuals, highly-skilled individuals and people with rare talents and strategic competencies into our country, ” he said.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr Shuaib Belgore, read citations of select beneficiaries who received certificates and symbols of citizenship from President Buhari.

They are Mrs. Kathryn Teresa Barrera, an American citizen, Professor Albert Alos Rovira, a Spanish citizen, Mr. Giuseppe Bellini, an Italian citizen, Dr. Nasra Ali, a Kenyan, Rev. Prof. John Brown Okwii, a Ugandan and Prof. Oumar Al-Moubarak Adoun, a Chadian citizen.

Speaking on behalf of the new citizens, Barrera, who arrived Nigeria in 1974 at age 24, thanked the President, staff of the Ministry of Interior for making their dreams come true.

The 72-year old Nigerian-American is the proprietress of a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Mother and Children Welfare Association, caregiver of Orphans and Vulnerable Children including children living with HIV/AIDS.

She currently lives with 20 children and young adults in training and in University, according to the citation read by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior.

Queen Elizabeth ll is dead, reigned for 70 years

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

 

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning British monarch whose ruled for 70 years  has died on Thursday at the age of 96, Buckingham Palace has announced.

Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952, on the death of her father, King George VI. She oversaw the last throes of the British empire, weathered global upheaval and domestic scandal, and dramatically modernized the monarchy.

She died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after doctors said they had become concerned about her health on Thursday.

Elizabeth ruled over the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms, and became one of the most recognizable women ever to have lived. Her son, Charles, immediately became King upon her death.

Nigeria’s foreign trade falls by 1.5% in Q2’21

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

 

Nigeria’s foreign trade fell quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) by 1.5 percent to N12.8 trillion in the second quarter of the year (Q2’22) from N13 trillion in Q1’22.

The figure fell by N200 billion in the first 2022 National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, stated in it’s Foreign Trade in Goods Statistics report for Q2’22.

According to the bureau, foreign trade in Q2’22 comprised of exports valued at N7.4 trillion and imports worth N5.4 trillion.

The bureau also said that the value of crude oil exports, which accounted for 79.7 percent of total exports in Q2′ 22, rose by 5.1 per cent to ₦5.9 trillion from ₦5.6 trillion in Q1’22.

NBS said:”Nigeria’s total merchandise trade stood at ₦12.8 trillion in Q2’22, indicating a marginal decrease of 1.5 per cent over the value recorded in Q1’22 and 32 per cent higher when compared to the value recorded in Q2’21.

“The value of total export stood at ₦7.4 trillion in Q2’22, the value accounted for 57.7 per cent of total trade.

“The export value rose in Q2’22 by 4.3 percent against the level recorded in Q1’22 and by 47.5 per cent when compared to Q2’21.

“Exports by section revealed that Nigeria exported mainly mineral products which amounted to ₦6.7 trillion, or 91.46 percent of total export value; followed by ‘Products of the chemical and allied industries’, which were valued at ₦318.51billion (or 4.3 percent of the value of total exports) and ‘Vegetable products’ worth ₦100.12billion (1.35 percent of the value of total exports).

“The value of exports trade in Q2’22 was dominated by crude oil exports valued
at ₦5.9 trillion which accounted for 79.7 percent of total exports while non-crude oil exports value stood at ₦1.49 trillion or 20.2 percent of total exports of which non-oil products contributed ₦675.08 billion representing 9.11 percent of total exports.”
On imports it said:”During the second quarter of 2022, total imports were valued at ₦5.4 trillion accounting for 42.3 percent of total trade.

“The import value fell by 7.9 percent in Q2’22 compared to the value recorded
in Q1’22 but increased by 15.8 percent compared to the imports value in Q2’21.”

Prime Minister Liz Truss appoints three Ministers with African origins

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L- Kemi Badenoch, Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade; Kwasi Kwarteng, Chancellor of the Exchequer and James Cleverly, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs 

By Favour Nnabugwu
Prime Minister Liz Truss named a 31-member cabinet that surprisingly includes three ministers of African origin.
These are Kemi Badenoch, Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade; Kwasi Kwarteng, Chancellor of the Exchequer (finance minister) and James Cleverly, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs
The new Conservative British leader’s appointments are historic as never before have there been as many as three Black ministers in the cabinet with two of them occupying two of the so-called four “Great Offices of State”.These are senior offices in the UK government: the Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary, respectively.
Kemi Badenoch – Secretary of State for Trade
Olukemi Olufunto Badenoch (née Adegoke) was born on 2 January 1980 in London to Nigerian parents. Her father, Femi Adegboke, was a medical doctor and her mother, Feyi Adegoke, is a professor of physiology.
Badenoch’s spent part of her childhood in Lagos, Nigeria, and in the United States. She returned to the UK at the age of 16 to live with a friend of her mother’s owing to the deteriorating political and economic situation in Nigeria which had affected her family.
After graduating from the University of Sussex, she worked as a software engineer at Logica before studying law at Birkbeck, University of London. Badenoch later pursued a career in banking, working for the Royal Bank of Scotland Group and Coutts.
The British politician had previously served as Minister of State for Local Government, Faith and Communities and Minister of State for Equalities from 2021 to 2022.
Although a British citizen and born in the UK, Badenoch stated that she was “to all intents and purposes a first-generation immigrant” during her parliamentary maiden speech. She became MP for Saffron Walden in Essex in 2017, and lists her interests as including engineering and technology, social mobility and integration.
Kemi Badenoch, who is married to surprised many by reaching the last four in the leadership contest in the Conservative Party.
Kemi is married to Hamish Badenoch and they have two daughters and a son.
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Kwasi Kwarteng – Chancellor of the Exchequer
Akwasi Addo Alfred Kwarteng (born on 26 May 1975), the first Black person to serve as Chancellor of the Exchequer, is the man in charge of the economy.
A member of the Conservative Party, Kwarteng was born in London to Ghanaian parents who had emigrated from Ghana as students in the 1960s. He’s the only child of his parents – Alfred K. Kwarteng, an economist, and Charlotte Boaitey-Kwarteng, a barrister.
The new finance minister, who has been a Member of Parliament since 2010, previously served as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from 2021 to 2022.
Prior to that, Kwarteng had also served as Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth,
Kwarteng attended the elite Eton College and studied at Cambridge for his bachelors, Harvard University for his masters and then returned to Cambridge where he earned a PhD in economic history in 2000.
Kwarteng is married to Harriet Edwards and the couple have a daughter.
James Spencer Cleverly – Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Born on 4 September 1969 in London to a British father and a mother from Sierra Leone, the British politician and Army Reserve officer has been a member of Parliament since 2015.
Cleverly previously served as Secretary of State for Education from July to September 2022, Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2019 to 2020 and as the member of the London Assembly (AM) from 2008 to 2016.
James Cleverly/Photo: Richard Townshend/UK Parliament/Wikipedia
Cleverly was in the army but his military career was cut short by a leg injury in 1989. He went on to gain a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from the Polytechnic of West London. He is a lieutenant colonel in the Reserve Army.
After graduating, Cleverly worked variously positions for several publishing companies before co-founding the web publishing company Point and Fire in 2007.
Cleverly stood unsuccessfully in a number of elections before he was elected into the UK Parliament in 2015 general election.
Cleverly is married to Susannah Sparks and the couple have two sons.
Nigerian-German Cultural Carnival holds in Frankfurt September 10

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

The Nigerian- German Cultural Carnival 2023 will hold in Frankfurt to celebrate the culture of Africa’s most populous country takes place on Saturday, September 10.

The event organised by the Nigerian diplomatic mission in Germany will showcase the country’s diverse cultural heritage and promote Nigeria as a place to visit and do business to Germans.

The theme of the Carnival, which will henceforth take place annually, is ‘Promoting peaceful Coexistence across multi-diverse culture’ and will feature, among other activities, a street procession through the city of Frankfurt by Nigerian cultural associations.

A procession during the Adire International Carnival in Vienna, June 2022. The Nigerian-German Cultural Carnival 2022 will feature, among other activities, a street procession through the city of Frankfurt by Nigerian cultural groups

The festival, which also features live music performances and an exhibition by Nigerian associations in Germany, will be attended by leading Nigerian traditional rulers, including the Ooni of Ife, the Oba of Benin, the Obi of Onitsha and the Emir of Kano.

Nigeria’s culture minister, Lai Mohammed, and his foreign affairs counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama, are expected at the 1st Nigerian-German Cultural Carnival, an initiative of the Nigeria Consulate Frankfurt under the leadership of its Consul General, Ambassador Wahab A. Akande.
The street procession will start at 9am at the Frankenallee and end at the Lotte-Spetch Park.

The festival is being eagerly awaited in the Nigerian community as it’s the first of its kind in Germany.

“Great success always starts with a simple idea and selfless commitment. Having an idea and the right person at the helm, everything works like a magic. The birth of NGCC is the first step in bringing Nigerians in the Diaspora closer to their roots and heritages. Awesome!,” Abela Emuebie, a Nigerian entrepreneur said.

Nigerian Kemi Badenoch appointed as Secretary of State in UK

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

 The new Prime  Minister of the United Kingdom, Liz Truss has appointed a British politician of Nigerian descent, Kemi Badenoch, as a member of her newly reshuffled cabinet.
Kemi was appointed on Tuesday as the new Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade.
The appointment, which was contained in a tweet posted on the verified Twitter page of the UK Prime Minister,
 Badenoch was born in January 1980 in Wimbledon, London, to parents of Nigerian origin, Femi and Feyi Adegoke. After spending her childhood in part, in the US and in Lagos, Nigeria, she returned to the United Kingdom at the age of 16.
While working at a branch of McDonald’s, she obtained A Levels from Phoenix College, a former further education college in Morden, London.
She studied Computer Systems Engineering at the University of Sussex and completed her MEng in 2003 and afterwards worked as a software engineer at Logica from 2003 to 2006. As a part-time student, at Birkbeck, University of London, she completed an LLB in 2009.
She also worked as a systems analyst at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group before pursuing a career in consultancy and financial services while working as an associate director of private bank and wealth manager, Coutts & Co, from 2006 to 2013 and later as a digital director at The Spectator from 2015 to 2016.
At 25, Badenoch joined the Conservative Party in 2005 and contested in the 2010 general election for the Dulwich and West Norwood constituency against Labour’s Tessa Jowell and came third.
After two years, she stood for the Conservatives in the London Assembly election and she was placed fifth on the London-wide list. In 2015, she was declared the new Assembly Member after Victoria Borwick resigned her seat. She also retained her seat in the Assembly in the 2016 election.
In 2017, Badenoch was shortlisted to be the Conservative Party’s candidate for the marginal Hampstead and Kilburn constituency but was unsuccessful. She was however selected as the Conservative candidate for Saffron Walden.
In September 2017, Badenoch was selected to join the 1922 Executive Committee as she was appointed to the Parliamentary Justice Select Committee. A few months later, she was appointed as the Conservative Party’s Vice-Chair for Candidates.
In July 2019, Badenoch was appointed as Parliamentarian under Secretary of State for Children and Families by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and in February 2020, she was appointed Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Minister for Equalities – in the
In September 2021, Badenoch was promoted to Minister of State for Equalities and appointed Minister of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Department for International Trade in a government reshuffle.
in a joint statement with fellow Ministers Alex Burghart, Neil O’Brien, Lee Rowley and Julia Lopez on 6 July 2022, Badenoch resigned from government, citing Boris Johnson’s handling of the Chris Pincher scandal,
Two days later she launched a bid to replace Johnson as Conservative party leader. She announced that she wanted to tell the truth and advocated a strong but limited government. She also called the target of net-zero carbon emissions ‘ill-thought through’ and said that politicians had become hooked on the idea of the state fixing the majority of problems.
Kemi is married to Hamish Badenoch who works for Deutsche Bank and they have two daughters and a son. Kemi’s husband was a Conservative councillor from 2014 to 2018 on Merton London Borough Council who represented Wimbledon Village. At the 2015 general election, he also unsuccessfully contested Foyle for the Northern Ireland Conservatives.
Until 2016, Badenoch was a board member of the Charlton Triangle Homes housing association and was also a school governor at St Thomas the Apostle College in Southwark, and the Jubilee Primary School. Her father, Femi passed away in February 2022.
ECOWAS Parliament kicks against violence in Sierra Leone

By Favour Nnabugwu
ECOWAS Parliament has kicked against the violence the resulted to loss of lives and properties in Sierra Leone
The Speaker of the Parliament,  Sidie Mohamed Tunis at the delocalized meeting of the joint committee in Banjul Gambia, themed:“Community Texts relating to Peace, Security, Democracy and Good Governance: Challenges in their Implementation and the Oversight Role of ECOWAS Parliament” 
Represented by the 4the Deputy speaker, Adja Satu Camara Pinto call on all sides to adhere to the rule of law, which is the best path to channel and address grievances of every kind.
Tunis said, ”Many democracies are having difficulties globally, in this present day, these failures are often attributed to the lack of trust and accountability.
” We are seeing regime change and reforms in many parts of the world.  In Africa the fragility of our democracies is caused by electoral abuse, ethnic divisions, mismanagement of natural resources, poverty, and economic insecurity.
“”There is a need for political will and action to counter these problems, and these are better achieved through our institutions. It is said that integration is about people. Indeed, it is high time our region derives the benefits””He said .
Also speaking, Gambian Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Mamadou Tanagra told member state to collectively act swiftly to address the issues of insecurity and promote in the subregion
‘As nations sharing the same destiny, we have a moral obligation and a collective responsibility to act swiftly to address all issues hampering the institutional advancement, the consolidation of peace, security and the empowerment of women who as the driving forces of the Region”
He continued further, “Today , it is immensely gratifying to observe the overwhelming response of all partners and people of goodwill here present to affirm a faith in a common purpose, a common conviction and a common devotion in the consolidation of Peace, Security and Good Governance and other community achievements. ‘
ECOWAS Parliamentarians to meet in The Gambia to tackle insecurity, others from today

By Favour Nnabugwu

 

 

A Joint Committee of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is slated to hold in Banjul, the capital city of The Gambia from Tuesday, 16 to Saturday, 20 August, 2022.

With the theme: Community texts relating to peace, security, democracy and good governance: challenges in their implementation and the oversight role of ECOWAS Parliament.

Three of the fourteen Standing Committees of the Parliament, comprising the following: Committees on Political Affairs, Peace, Security and African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) / Legal affairs and human rights / Social Affairs, Gender and Women Empowerment, constitute the Joint Committee that will be meeting.

In a statement availed patomabusinessonline com by the Communication Department of the ECOWAS Parliament stated, “The main objective of the meeting is to create an opportunity for the Members of the Joint Committee to acquaint themselves with and take ownership of the ECOWAS texts on peace and security, democracy and good governance as well as identify the best mechanism for oversight for their effective implementation within Member States.”

It will be recalled that ECOWAS Parliament is composed of 115 seats. Each Member State is allotted a guaranteed minimum of five seats. The remaining forty seats are distributed in proportion to the population of each country. Consequently, in total, Nigeria has 35 seats, followed by Ghana, with eight seats and Côte d’Ivoire, with seven seats. Others are Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Senegal. which are allotted six seats each, whereas Benin, Cabo Verde, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Togo have five seats each.

“The Joint Committee will meet to reflect on the role of parliamentary oversight in the effective implementation of the ECOWAS texts on Peace, Security, Democracy and Good Governance.”

“Since its creation on 28 May, 1975, ECOWAS has adopted a significant number of Texts aimed at preventing, managing and/or settling conflicts within the Community, as well as maintaining and promoting peace and regional security.

“However, attempts to effectively implement these Community Texts have thrown up, several apparent challenges.

“Consequently, the impact of these texts on improving the security and good governance climate and environment within the ECOWAS region, remains insufficiently evident,” the Statement read.

Nigeria, India trade volume hit $14.95bn in 2021

By Favour Nnabugwu
Trade volume between Nigeria and India in 2021 stood at $14.95 billion even as 135 Indian companies are already in Nigeria, according to the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Gangadharan Balasubramanian,
Balasubramanian stated at the 76th independence day of India in Abuja.
He said the trade volume has increased substantially after COVID-19 on both ways, noting that India is a major importer of oil from Nigeria.
“Nearly about $10 billion worth of oil is being imported from Nigeria.  India also exports various issues from agricultural products, to petroleum products, to pharmaceuticals, to textiles.
“So, there is a large possibility of increasing this trade and economic cooperation between our two countries,” he concluded.
He also said that they were new areas that India and Nigeria will be looking at in improving the bilateral ties between both countries.
He said, “Since then, our relationship has developed in a multi various ways, almost in all places.
“Human capacity development is one of the most important areas in which we are concentrating on and we are very happy that with the assistance and cooperation of successive Nigerian government, we can now say that our relationship is very strong and very cordial,” Balasubramanian said.
On the security challenges in Nigeria, the envoy further recalled the military and defence cooperation between India and Nigeria whereby many of the defence training of Nigerian military officers took place in military installations and training institutes in India.
Balasubramanian added that  India will be happy to continue with the partnership and in cooperation with the Federal Government, India is ready to assist in that direction.
“So, there is a large possibility of increasing this trade and economic cooperation between our two countries,” he concluded.