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UK excited that 9000 Nigerians got UK student Visa in 2019

***Says its testament to strong bond between the two countries

By James Ojochegbe

The United Kingdom (UK) has disclosed that over 9,000 students from Nigeria were granted UK student visas in 2019 which is 27% increase above the previous year.
This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja Mondsy by senior press and public Affairs officer, British High Commission, Abuja Christopher Olaolu Ogunmode.
The statement indicated that 93% of Nigerian students were successful in receiving a student visa to study in the country last year showing that the vast majority of UK student visa applicants were granted.
According to the Statement the UK Minister for Future Borders and Immigration Kevin Foster MP, has encouraged even more students from Nigeria to choose the UK as a place to study as they mark International Students Day on Tuesday, 17th, November 2020.

Foster used the annual celebration of international students to make it clear that the UK is open to students, highlighting visa flexibility around Covid-19, as well as the new Student Route, as reasons to continue choosing the UK for study.
According to the statement,
“The UK’s new Student Route promises to make it even more streamlined and convenient for Nigerian students, with benefits such as applying up to six months in advance, and additional opportunities to extend student visas from inside the UK.
“In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK was among the first countries to introduce visa flexibility for students, including permitting remote study for the whole 2020-21 academic year and replacing thousands of expired visas free of charge so Nigerian students could still travel.

Furthermore, in Summer 2021 the UK will be introducing the Graduate Route, a new post-study work visa that will allow eligible students two years (or three years for PHD students) to stay back after they graduate to work, or look for work in the UK.
The minister said,
“Nigerian students have always been a huge part of our community – and we look forward to welcoming more to our world leading Universities. Put simply, we want the best and brightest to study in the UK, which is why we have made it easier to apply.
“The UK will always value and welcome international students, and whether now or in the future, we want Nigerian students to choose the UK as the place to fulfil their potential.”
British High Commissioner to Nigeria Catriona Laing said that 93% of Nigerian students that applied were successfully granted visa is a testament to the strengthening of the links between the UK and Nigeria.

“But more than that, each successful visa means another student heading to the UK, to build their career, expand their horizons and find out more about all that the UK has to offer.
“We hope that this continues, and that many more students from Nigeria follow their fellow citizens on this journey.”

He said, the Student Route and Graduate Route are part of the UK’s new points-based system, the new system of visas and immigration that the UK is opening in January 2021.
“This will create a fairer, clearer system, where what matters is the skills an individual has rather than their nationality.”
The international Students Day is an annual international day that recognises the importance of students around the world. It takes place on 17 November each year.

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Finally Biden arrives at the White House

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US President Joe Biden arrived at the White House on Wednesday, walking the last block with members of his family through streets that were eerily empty because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Under tight security, military bands and an escort of police motorcycles led the presidential motorcade to the White House down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Biden was riding in a limousine with the license plate “46” — he is the 46th US president — flanked by six mask-wearing Secret Service agents before emerging to walk the final steps to the White House.

“It feels like I’m going home,” he told a reporter from NBC News along the route.

Biden’s arrival was followed shortly afterward by that of Kamala Harris, the first woman vice president of the United States.

The 78-year-old Biden was sworn in at the Capitol about four hours earlier, calling for “unity” in his inauguration speech.

Instead of going straight to the White House, Biden and Harris visited Arlington National Cemetery to pay respects to US military war dead at a ceremony attended by former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

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Amidst christmas day sermon controversy, Pope boosts Kukah’s profile with International appointment

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Amidst christmas day sermon controversy, Pope boosts Kukah’s profile with International appointment




The Head of Vatican city, Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed the Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Dr. Matthew Hassan Kukah, as a Member of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Human Integral Development.

The appointment was contained in a letter to Bishop Kukah dated 11th December, 2020, and signed by His Eminence, Peter Cardinal Turkson, the Prefect of the Dicastery.

With the appointment, Bishop Kukah will now join other members of the Dicastery drawn from different regions of the world to advise and promote the Pope’s concerns on issues of justice and peace, human rights, torture, human trafficking, care of creation and other issues related to the promotion of human dignity and development.


The appointment which is renewable, is for an initial period of five years.The council will be formally inaugurated on a later date.

The Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development was created on January 1, 2017, when four Dicasteries – the Pontifical Councils for Justice and Peace, Cor Unum, Pastoral Care of Immigrants and Itinerant People and Health Care of Workers, were all merged by the Holy Father.

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This appointment adds to Bishop Kukah’s string of national and international engagements within the universal Church. He was first appointed a Consultor and later a Member of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, Vatican City and served under three Popes.

He is currently, chairman, Dialogue Committees of both the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). He was a member of the official Delegation of the Holy See that met with the Emir of Qatar when that country opened diplomatic relations with the Holy See in 2002.

Besides, in 2016, he was nominated by the vatican to represent Africa on the Advisory Board of the Vienna based, King Abdulazeez International Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue, KAIICID. KAIICID is the fruit of the collaboration between the governments of Saudi Arabia, Austria and the Holy See for the promotion of worldwide Dialogue between world religions. Bishop Kukah comes to the Dicastery on the Promotion of Integral Development with a lot of experience in the areas of human rights, justice and reconciliation.

Credit: Guardian

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Donald Trump on Wednesday broke a record for becoming the first US president to be impeached twice

A bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives voted to charge him with inciting last week’s attack on the US Capitol.

Just seven days left dor Trump to leave office, 232 lawmakers, including 10 Republicans who broke with the president, voted to impeach the defiant Republican leader for high crimes and misdemeanors on a single charge of “incitement of insurrection.”
Impeachment triggers a trial in the US Senate, but the chamber is not expected to take up the matter until after Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th president on January 20.

Scores of National Guard members besieged the seat of US democracy on Wednesday as congressmen and women proceeded with the impeachment process.
Democrats mobilised rapidly to begin the process to have Trump removed after he encouraged his supporters last Wednesday to “march” to the US Capitol and “fight”.
In a violent insurrection, the rioters stormed past outnumbered police, rampaged through and ransacked the building, and interrupted Congress as it was certifying Joe Biden’s election victory.
Political leaders across all continents have condemned Trump’s action, with many accusing him of dragging one of the world’s most respected and resilient democracy in the mud.

With Agency’s report

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