The Canadian government is unfairly denying a lot of Nigerians, including students, visas, an official has said.
Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Canada, Ambassador Adeyinka Asekun, made this known during a webinar on Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary organised by the mission on Thursday evening.
He expressed the hope that the issue would be addressed in the draft bilateral agreement, which both countries have been working on, for better treatment of Nigerians in that regard.
“Canada and Nigeria have for some time been working on a draft agreement that addresses a number of areas of mutual concern to both countries.
“It is our hope that a video conference call may be set up next spring at the latest to finalise the terms of this agreement.
“What is most important about this agreement is that it is likely to address a situation in which a lot of Nigerian citizens are being denied visas when they should actually have been granted the visas.
“We are looking for a situation in which the process will become fairer and much more predictable.
“And there are provisions in this agreement which will make it possible for us to get much better treatment,” he said.
The envoy said many Nigerians were eager to study in Canada, but were denied the opportunity, adding that he hoped the situation would change when the agreement came into effect.
However, Asekun said Nigeria and Canada have shared a long lasting and mutually beneficial relation in various areas since the former’s Independence in 1960.
He acknowledged the Canadian government’s assistance to Nigeria, including its contribution to the establishment of a laboratory in Lagos in 2014 for effective management of infectious disease following the Ebola outbreak.
The facility, according to him, has greatly helped Nigeria in the management and containment of COVID.
On Nigeria’s Independence, the ambassador said the country is “destined to go the distance and stand the test of time”.
“The theme of our anniversary at 60 is ‘60 Together’.
“It emphasises the importance of our unity in diversity, which is a potential source of great strength and must continue to be built upon. Only we can do that,” he stated.
Mr Rob Oliphant, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, said his country was host to no fewer than 11,000 Nigerian students.
In a goodwill message on behalf of the minister, Oliphant, also highlighted the strong relationship between Nigerian and Canada.
He did not speak on the visa issue mentioned by the ambassador but did not hesitate to wish Nigeria well.
“On behalf of the government of Canada, I wish Nigeria and its people a very happy 60th anniversary of independence. May God bless you all.” he said.
The event featured goodwill messages from prominent Nigerians in Canada, a documentary on Nigeria, a music interlude, and cutting of the anniversary cake, among others.
140 Migrants Drown Off Senegal’s Coast, Says IOM
The United Nation’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said no fewer than 140 migrants bound for Europe drowned off the coast of Senegal when their boat sank.
The boat was said to be carrying around 200 people at the time of the incident last weekend.
The boat caught fire and capsized on Saturday, shortly after leaving the town of Mbour, the agency said.
About 60 people were rescued, according to reports.
It is believed the migrants were attempting to reach mainland Europe via Spain’s Canary Islands.
This route from West Africa has grown in popularity since 2018.
Saturday’s incident was the deadliest of its kind anywhere in the world this year, the UN said.
“We call for unity between governments, partners and the international community to dismantle trafficking and smuggling networks that take advantage of desperate youth,” said Bakary Doumbia, IOM’s representative in Senegal.
According to the Spanish government, more than 11,000 arrivals have been recorded in the Canary Islands this year compared with 2,557 during the same period last year.
A previous peak, in 2006, saw 35,000 migrants arrive in the archipelago, the UN said.
At least 414 people are known to have died along this route so far this year according to the IOM. A total of 210 fatalities were recorded on the same stretch in the whole of 2019.
22 Boko Haram Fighters Killed In Failed Bid To Raid Nigerian Army Camp
The Nigerian Army killed no fewer than 22 Boko Haram members when the terrorist group attempted to raid a military camp in Damboa, Borno State.
According to a statement by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, the Boko Haram fighters attacked Army Super Camp but were subdued by the superior firepower of the troops.
“Troops of Operation FIRE BALL under Operation LAFIYA DOLE has continued to decimate members of the Boko Haram/ Islamic State of West Province in order clear the remnants of the terrorists from the theatre,” the statement read.
“Consequently, on 25 October 2020 in what could appear to be a suicide journey the BokoHaram/Islamic State of West African Province attacked the well fortified Army Super Camp Damboa under 25 Bde in Sector 2.
“The terrorists met their waterloo as they were pounded with superior fire power and additional fire support from the Air Task Force. The criminals withdrew in rout as they could not withstand the well organised and determined soldiers during the encounter”.
The statement added that “the Boko Haram terrorists suffered severe casualties as 22 terrorists were neutralized others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds, 2 Gun trucks destroyed, One NSV Anti Aircraft Gun, 2 Rocket Propelled Grenade Tubes, 4 PKT Machine guns, One General Purpose Machine Gun, One Browning Machine Gun, 12Ak 47 Rifles, One AK 74 Rifle were recovered.
Others were, “one RPG 7 bomb, 116 Rounds of 7.62mm NATO and 2 Hand grenades were recovered from the terrorists.
“Few of own soldiers were wounded in action and have since been evacuated and receiving medical treatment”.
“The troops of Operation Fire Ball under operation LAFIYA DOLE are hereby commended for the resilience, doggednes and commitment exhibited since the beginning of Operation FIRE BALL. They are equally encouraged not to rest on their oars but build on the successes recorded.
“The entire populace of the North East are hereby assured of the Nigerian military high command determination to finally rout the remnants the BHT/ISWAP criminals from their enclaves in this zone.”
21 Die In School Bus, Truck Collision In Nigeria’s Enugu
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday said that no fewer than 21 persons lost their lives in an auto crash on the old Enugu-Okigwe road.
The accident involved a low-bed articulated vehicle and a fully-loaded 608 Mercedes Benz bus conveying school children and teachers of Presentation Nursery and Primary School.
The incident was said to have happened at the Nkwo Junction of the road around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, when the school children were returning home.
The FRSC Sector Commander in Enugu State, Mr Ogbonnaya Kalu, confirmed the accident and the number of deaths in Enugu.
Kalu said that the FRSC Unit in Awgu had been to the scene of the accident and hospitals where the victims were receiving medical attention.
According to him, the fully-loaded school bus had 64 occupants, which included 61 students/pupils, two teachers and the driver.
“The low-bed trailer, which eyewitnesses alleged suffered a brake system failure, rammed into the School bus first and into a welder’s shop, where the welder and his apprentice were working,’’ he said.
An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the low-bed vehicle lost control and rammed into a big school bus conveying some secondary and primary school children home.
He said the sad accident threw a lot of families within the Agwu axis of the state into mourning as a family allegedly lost three of its kids.
“The driver of the heavy-duty vehicle ran away from the scene of the accident after forcing the vehicle to a halt inside the bush,’’ the eye witness said.
The tragic accident also claimed the lives of a roadside tyre repairer, cyclist and mechanic.
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