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How 71% Nigerian students, others denied US visa in 2022 – Report

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The United States denied 71 per cent of students in Nigeria and other West African countries visas in 2022, according to a report by the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration.

The report, titled, ‘Shorelight,’ revealed that West Africa had the highest visa refusal rate on the continent in 2022. Central Africa had a refusal rate of 61 per cent, Northern Africa had a refusal rate of 49 per cent, Eastern Africa had a refusal of 48 per cent, and Southern Africa had a rate of 16 per cent.

The report noted that “The visa denial rates for Southern Africa are in fact among the lowest in the world, paralleling those of Europe.

“If Southern Africa is excluded from the mix, the denial rate for the rest of Africa increases to 57 per cent as compared with 54 per cent overall.”

According to the alliance of American college and university leaders, data from MPOWER Financing for international students who obtain financing to study in the U.S. revealed a similar pattern. It stated that of the 3,000 students from Sub-Saharan Africa admitted for graduate studies to a top U.S. university in 2022, only about 60 per cent were granted a student visa to the US despite being admitted and having secured the required funding.

It said this translated to a denial rate of 40 per cent, compared to 30 per cent for India, and 10 per cent for students from China and Brazil.

Commenting on the difficulty of getting a US visa from Nigeria, the alliance said, “MPOWER further reports that first-hand accounts from African students suggest a range of barriers related to the visa interview process, from securing visa interview slots in the first place to having to travel to a second country due to the unavailability of adequate interview slots in Nigerian cities, and to ultimately being held to a higher standard by U.S. immigration authorities than their peers from other emerging markets.”

The alliance argued that while there have been concerns about fraud, many students are actually victims, rather than perpetrators of fraud. It said the high visa denial rates had reportedly resulted in African students falling victim to con schemes by fraudulent actors who offer false guarantees for securing a visa.

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FG Clarifies Renaming of Murtala Muhammed Expressway

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Minister Of Information
– FG denies renaming Murtala Muhammed Expressway after Wole Soyinka
– New road inaugurated by President Tinubu named Arterial Road N20
– Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged

The Federal Government has dispelled rumors that the Murtala Muhammed Expressway in Abuja was renamed Wole Soyinka Way.

The government clarified that the renaming of the expressway was never considered by the current administration.

Instead, a new road was inaugurated by President Bola Tinubu on June 4, 2024, which was named Arterial Road N20.

This new road connects the Outer Northern Expressway to the Northern Parkway and was named after Prof. Wole Soyinka.

The confusion arose from a proposal by the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, during the inauguration, which was approved by President Tinubu. ”

The government emphasized that the Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged, honoring the legacy of the former Head of State, Gen. Murtala Ramat Muhammed.

Therefore, the Arterial Road N20 is named after Prof Soyinka.

The Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged, the government stressed.

 

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Leading with Love: Governor’s Father’s Day Message

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Lagos State Governor
– Governor highlights importance of fatherhood and leadership
– Emphasis on responsibility, love, and sacrifice for family and community
– Commitment to building a stronger, more caring community

As Father’s Day celebrations unfolded, Lagos Governor, Mr. Sanwo-Olu, shared a heartfelt message emphasizing the significance of fatherhood and leadership.

He noted that fatherhood is about responsibility, love, and sacrifice, quoting, “The same dedication I bring to my family, I bring to serving Lagos.”

The Governor’s words resonated with Lagos residents, who praised his commitment to building a stronger, more caring community.

Mr. Sanwo-Olu’s message also highlighted the importance of love and principles in guiding daily actions, both at home and in public service. He encouraged Lagos residents to uphold these values.

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