Show Ekiti people good governance, leave Buhari alone – Uzor Kalu

A former Governor of Abia State, Dr.Urji Uzor Kalu has berated the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose over uncomplimentary utterances against the personality of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He urged Fayose to focus his criticism on performance and not personality of the sitting President, adding that he should redirect his energy on good governance than tackling health related issues.

Kalu said this while delivering a paper titled ‘Mainstreaming Igbo in Nigeria’, as guest speaker during the inauguration of Igbo Support group for Governor Yahaya Bello in Lokoja.

The former Governor also blasted Governor Fayose over a statement credited to him that he was deceiving the Igbos by dumping the Peoples Democratic Party PDP for the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Kalu, however, noted that Fayose and him were still friends but that the Ekiti governor goofed to say that he was deceiving Igbos for defecting to APC.

“Fayose should endeavour to show the people of Ekiti the essence of good governance rather than engaging himself on unnecessary criticism of Mr. President and others perceived as arch enemies”, he added.

The Abia born politician noted that he once engaged ex President Olusegun Obasanjo while in office as governor, adding that he criticized him on the issues of third term agenda and road construction in the East.

“I have never attacked the personality of the former President Obasanjo like Fayose always drags the name of President Buhari to mud, particularly his health related issues”, he stated,

4 Countries with the Easiest Visa Procedures for International Students

Over time studying abroad has actually become more accessible to students in a number of countries. You only need to do your research well enough to reveal these countries with good tertiary institutions and relatively easy visa procedures for international students, and take advantage of their offers. Here are 4 countries with the easiest visa procedures for international students.

Canada

Canada is considered as one of the top study destinations in the world because of its great universities, reasonable cost of living and beautiful environment and landscape. The country has quite an easy procedure for students to apply for study visas. The process basically requires the student to first apply for and gain entry into a Canadian university and then obtain a Canadian study permit, which is renewable for the length of the students study period. The best part of a Canadian study visa is that, not only can an individual study as an international student, he/she can also work as a student, obtain a post-graduation work permit, gain Canadian work experience and learn about pathways towards Canadian citizenship. Also, another great perk is that you can bring family members with you! You can learn more about studying in Canada by visiting the Canadian Immigration and Citizenship website.

Germany

What is better than a country that has abolished tuition and fees at public universities? Nothing! Germany is such a country and another great place for international students to consider. Aside having an easy visa procedure for international students, it has a reasonable cost of living and some of the world’s finest universities. Basically, the process of getting a German study visa is to first gain admission into a German University, then complete a visa application and attend an interview. A positive outcome sees you obtaining a German study visa that allows you to study and work in the country. In addition, if you want to go to Germany just learn their language, you can obtain a language-study visa that lasts for a good two years and be on your way to learning the awesome language.

New Zealand

This is another country with an easy visa procedure for international students. Basically, you start by checking out the types of study visas the country offers and then begin your application process. You can also contact the program or university that accepted you and ask for their help in your visa application process; they can provide you with valuable information.

Ireland

This country has such an easy visa procedure for international students that it can all be done online. Surprising right? Of course, you will need proof of your acceptance to a program of study and then the required paperwork. You can also contact the international students services office of the institution for assistance with the process, if you need it. An Irish study visa also gives you access to part-time employment depending on your program’s eligibility.

Oshiomhole: President Buhari is sick

Immediate past governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole, has admitted that President Muhammadu Buhari is sick.

He, however, said the sickness was not as worse as many people may believe.

He said the recent visit to the ailing president was a clear indication that those wishing him death have been put to shame.

Speaking with Vanguard on the development, Oshiomole described Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti as a mad man who is out to disgrace others.
He said, “President is sick but it is not as bad as what people are saying. Some were carrying rumor that he was on life support but people have seen at least that, that is not true.”

On the constant attack on the president by Fayose, Oshiomole said, “I don’t like to discuss Fayose because when he makes his statements, it only reminds me of an Igbo proverb which says that if a responsible man is having his bath after a hard day’s work and he removes his dress in a local bathroom and a mad man carries the dress and the man bathing, seeing that the mad man has carried the dress, he runs out naked pursuing him, people will see two naked people running and they will say two mad men. So, sometimes, you just allow the mad man to carry your dress and go rather than joining him in his madness.

“One of my very good friends wrote something in the papers criticizing the pictures taken during some APC governors visit to the President, he said maybe a broadcast would have been better. But I ask, if the head of a family is sick and some people went to see him, first there is nothing unusual about that.”

Saraki: Senate will revisit devolution of powers

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said that the devolution of powers bill would be revisited, when the National Assembly resumes from its recess.

Speaking with journalists in Ilorin, Kwara state on Saturday, Saraki stated that the bill did not scale through, because of the pervasive mistrust and disillusionment in the country.
He said: “Although they were defeated at the committee level but they quickly energised, moved around and did some lobbying and the passed through.

“You went through the process in making sure that something you believe in scale through. Even when it looked as if it was going down you were not perturbed. You did not resort to abuses and went about lobbying and with the support of the National Assembly it scaled through. Both Senate and House of Representatives believe that is good for our democracy.

“The fact that the devolution bill lost that day does not mean it will not scale though after the recess.

“As you know that in the Senate we have three senators representing each state of the federation and the Federal Captial Territory (FCT).

“Whatever we do there, we must engage and have a feedback from our constituencies. I believe that if this constitutional amendment had come about eight months ago, the devolution bill would have been passed easily. But I think we must be honest with ourselves that presently, there is a lot of mistrust in the country.
“The air is very polluted. Let us be very frank and that blame must be all round. What happened was that a lot of people misread or misunderstood or were suspicious of what the devolution bill was all about.”

APC “a group of desperate people” – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), as “a group of desperados who united to seize power.”

The party’s spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye, in an interview with The Sun, insisted that APC had not made any significant impact on which they could base their 2019 campaign.

“What legacy would Lai Mohammed say that APC has bequeathed to Nigerians since 2015,” Adeyeye asked.

“What will the APC use to campaign? Will they say that they have improved the economy? Will they say they have stabilised the polity, when there are now centrifugal forces pulling the polity apart?

“We are confident because the APC is not a political party. It is just an amalgam of very desperate people. What I will call an amalgam of desperadoes whose sole purpose was just to push the PDP out of power.

“Now that they have achieved that, we have seen that they have no plans for Nigerians.

“Nigeria was the number one investment destination in Africa. Today, we are not even among the first 20. Youth unemployment has sky-rocked. The economy is in a parlous state.

“Look, at the time we left government, the exchange rate was N170 to one dollar. Today, the exchange rate has increased because of incoherent policies.

“Since they assumed power, they have been borrowing money without caution. And they have increased the debt profile of Nigeria so much so that they have said they are going to put a break to borrowing.

“The question we are going to ask Nigerians in 2019 is whether they are better off now, than they were in 2015. That is just the simple question”, he stated.

5 Smart Ways To Track Your Expenses

The question that many people ask themselves is where do their money go. Truthfully, you are the only one who can answer that question. But, we know that a reason why you are losing your money is because you are not tracking it. Well, it is time to stop losing your money and start tracking your cash. As such, we highlight some of the ways you can do this.

Use online management software

You do not need to go to the bank because you want to check your account. There are now online management tools and applications that allow you track your spending from your computer or smartphone real-time. In addition to this, you can also see your recent transactions.

Use online budgeting software

There are certain websites, apps, and software that you can directly link to your financial accounts. They automatically organise and categorise your spending by letting you compare your projected spending against your actual spending. It will even alert you when you are overspending.

Use ATMs

ATMs are connected with banks and it lets you check your balance, deposit and even transfer funds between accounts. Ultimately, ATMs are available anytime you need them. Hence, it is easily accessible to help you track your finance.

Activate account alerts

If you want to know about all your bank account transactions or activities as well as track how you spend your money, you should activate alerts. It will allow you get new alerts and let you know when your account is low. You will just be charged a token for this service.

Pay a visit to your local bank

Banks in Nigeria can offer you financial advice if you have challenges keeping track of your spending. They can help you with a solution.