The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has ordered passport offices all across the nation to open on Saturdays in order to process the backlog of passport applications.
Fidel Info reports that This information may be found in a statement that the Service’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Tony Akuneme, made accessible in Abuja on Saturday.
According to Akuneme, the Comptroller-General, Mr. Isa Jere, who issued the direction, also gave his approval for the transfer of the Ondo Passport Controller to the NIS Zonal Office in Ibadan and the deployment of the Ekiti Passport Controller to Jigawa.
According to the NIS spokeswoman, for forward, the CG will hold passport officers responsible for any acts of indiscretion committed by officers working under their supervision.
The directive, he said, was intended to help the Service lessen the backlog brought on by the lengthy lockdown that would occur in 2020 and 2021 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The C-G has directed that Passport offices across the country with high volume of pending applications to work on Saturdays.
“The period for this exercise is expected to be every Saturday commrencing from Dec. 3, 2022 to Jan. 28, 2023 between the period of 10 am to 2 pm.”
“This is to enhance our service delivery to out esteemed clients.”
“The Saturday proceding the Christmas and New Year holidays are exempted, ” he said.
The spokesman said passport offices that fall within this category should contact him by Monday for further details.
Akuneme reiterated the resolve of the C-G to make passport services available and stress free to the traveling public, especially during the festive season.
Tinubu commissions TETFund projects in Ebonyi, reiterates commitment to education
President Bola Tinubu has reiterated his administration’s commitment to the development of the country’s education sector.
The president also pledged continued support to the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) so that it would continue to play its role in the development of Tertiary Education in the country.
He stated this while commissioning some TETFund-sponsored projects at Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki.
Tinubu represented by the minister of works, David Umahi, noted that his administration has demonstrated commitment towards the development of education since the commencement of his administration on May 29, 2023.
He listed some actions and policies of his administration in this regard including the introduction of the students’ loan initiative to ease access to tertiary education for indigent students, and meeting personally with the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to discuss the welfare of Nigerian students.
His administration, he said, also approved a waiver of the No Work, No Pay order on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which would pave the way for members of the union to receive part of their withheld salaries.
He said: “These are part of conscious efforts being made by his administration to address challenges and create industrial harmony between staff unions and Government.”
He lauded TETfund led by the Executive Secretary Arc Sonny S.T. Echono for their efforts at effectively discharging the mandate of the Fund for the continuous development of public tertiary education in Nigeria.
He stated: “As we all know, education plays a critical role in the socio-economic development of nations. I wish to reiterate that education forms an integral part of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration’s Renewed Hope agenda, hence the Federal Government would continue to provide necessary support towards making our educational institutions globally competitive for economic and technological development.
“It is on record that over the years, TETFund through the support of the Federal Government has performed exceptionally in the provision of physical infrastructure, support for academic staff training and development, book publication, ICT, Research and Development amongst others in public tertiary educational institutions across the country.
“I wish to assure you that the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu remains committed to providing greater support and the enabling environment to enable the Fund to improve on its performance.”
Executive Secretary of TETFund, Arc Sonny Echono said the institutions have so far enjoyed allocations of over N10bn for infrastructure-related interventions cutting across the Annual, Special, Special High Impact, and Zonal interventions amongst others.
He noted that about 88.24% of these funds have been accessed and deployed to address infrastructural deficiencies in the university.
He commended the Management of the University for assiduously monitoring and ensuring the successful delivery of the various intervention projects executed from inception.
He added: “We do not doubt that the projects undertaken with these funds have remarkably impacted the mandate of the university in facilitating teaching, learning, and research.”
“We are optimistic that these projects will strengthen the efforts of the university to become a global player in the tertiary education subsector and significantly contribute to research and development.
“Our resolve as a Fund is to ensure that our interventions are sustained and improved upon as much as possible to enable our institutions to undertake bigger, and more laudable and impactful projects that will make them become globally competitive and situate them in enviable positions among their peers both nationally and globally.”
Photostory: Tinubu Meets Bloomberg At COP28 Summit
President Bola Tinubu on Friday met with American politician, Michael Bloomberg, on the sidelines of the COP28 Climate Summit in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, shared a photo of the meeting on his Facebook page on Friday, December 1.
Bloomberg served as the mayor of New York City for three terms from 2002 to 2013 and was a candidate for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president of the United States.
The caption read, “H.E. President Bola Tinubu chats with Billionaire tycoon, climate activist and philanthropist, Michael Bloomberg, on the sidelines of the Opening Plenary of the World Climate Action Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates”.
Credit: Facebook | Ajuri Ngelale
Makinde to present staff of office to Aseyin, Soun inaugurates coronation committee
Oyo State Government has formally announced the presentation of staff of office and coronation of the new Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Sefiu Olawale Oyebola, Adeyeri III, Ajirotutu I and the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Afolabi Ghandi Laoye, Orumogege III.
According to a statement by the Commissioner for information and Civic Orientation, Prince Dotun Oyelade, the Aseyin coronation will hold on December 14, 2023 while that of Soun will be on December 19, 2023.
The state government had set up a coronation committee headed by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Otunba Segun Ogunwuyi, including the commissioners: Mr Segun Olayiwola (Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters), Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun (Culture and Tourism), Prince Dotun Oyelade (Information and Civic Orientation) and the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Security, Commissioner of Police (retired) Sunday Odukoya as members of the committee.
The committee has been holding meetings with coronation committees from the two palaces over the past few weeks and have undertaken inspections of the venues for the events.“All is now set for the big events. The state government hereby seizes this opportunity to enjoin the public to show full support for the success of the events”, the statement added
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