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How You Can Become a Nigerian Resident

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You want to be a Nigerian resident, or you want to find out what the legislation says about the way to be a Nigerian citizen or about investing in second citizenship? This write-up is for you. The 2000 Constitution of the Government Republic of Africa as amended is the guide in this discussion. Section 20 of the Constitution specifies who actually is a Nigerian resident and also sets down the requirements to become one if you’re not one yet.

This constitution acknowledges three types of second citizenship programs and states the prerequisites to become all of them. The Three types of Nigerian citizenship usually are:

  1. Citizenship by birth
  2. Citizenship by enrollment
  3. Citizenship by naturalisation

To understand each of the types, you will have to read this article till the end.

Citizenship by Birth

Who’s a Nigerian resident by birth?

  1. Each and every person is actually a Nigerian resident by birth if:
  2. He / she is born in Africa before Oct 1st, 1961, e. Nigeria’s date of freedom
  3. either his / her parents or grandma and grandpa belonged to a local Nigerian neighbourhood
  4. Either his / her parents or even grandma is born in Nigeria.
  5. Everyone is a Nigerian resident by birth if:
  6. he/she is born in Nigeria right after the date of liberation, and
  7. either his / her mother or father or grandparent is a resident of Nigeria
  8. Every individual born outside Africa either of whose parent or guardian is a resident of Nigeria is also a Nigerian resident by birth.

It can be noticed from above that Nigeria, in contrast to the USA, The UK and some other countries around the globe, doesn’t provide second citizenship by birth to any person basically on account of being born in Nigeria.

Citizenship by Enrollment

Only a couple of categories of non-Nigerians can get this type of citizenship. They are usually:

  1. an overseas woman who’s married to some Nigerian resident, and
  2. any man or woman of not less than eighteen years old and of born outside Africa, any of whose parents is a resident of Nigeria.

Citizenship by Naturalization

Almost any non-Nigerian can certainly be awarded a document of naturalisation if such individual is able to gratify the President of Nigeria that

  1. he or she is an individual not less than eighteen years old and capacity
  2. he or she is a person of good individuality
  3. he or she has proven a clear intention or a wish to be domiciled in Africa
  4. he or she is, in the viewpoint of the particular Governor of the State government exactly where he or she resides or intends to stay, acceptable to the neighborhood in which he or she is to live once and for all and has already been merged into the particular ways of life of Nigerians in that area of the state
  5. he or she is an individual who makes or is able to make a helpful contribution towards the development of Nigeria

 

 

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COVID-19: Body Charges Rivers On Thorough Hand Washing

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Amidst fears associated with the dreaded Coronavirus, which has been detected in most states, the Rivers State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), says it has taken necessary precautionary measures to combat the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
Speaking while fielding questions from journalists, the General Manager of the Rivers State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), Mr. Napoleon Adah, said such measures were aimed at raising awareness on proper and regular hand washing, and the use of alcohol base hand sanitiser.
“As an agency saddled with the responsibility of hand washing and personal hygiene, we are working in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Rivers State Ministry of Health in order to carry out adequate advocacy and sensitisation to the communities on the inherent dangers of COVID-19,” Adah said.
He further commended the Rivers State Governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike for his effective leadership to curb the spread of the virus in Rivers State.
According to him, there are several committees set up by the Governor to create adequate awareness in the area of COVID-19. This, he said has invariably made the state to be Coronavirus free.
The RUWASSA boss, who is also an environmental disaster risk management expert, noted that the agency in collaboration with UNICEF is currently working out modalities to provide automatic hand washing facilities to the various LGAs of Rivers State.

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COVID-19: ‘No Challenge In Community Sensitisation’

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As the fight to prevent the rampaging Coronavirus from infecting Rivers people continues, part of the measures adopted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in reaching out to communities has so far not experienced any notable challenges.
The Lead Coordinator for the State Rapid Response Team for COVID-19, Mr Modekai Ifemide Olowole, who made this known after a recent routine assessment of performance of the Rapid Response Team on sensitization in Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt LGAs stated that the compliance level has been encouraging.
Olowole, who credited the success recoded so far to the existing mechanism in place, explained that the sensitisation team of the Rapid Response Team (RRT) works with Institutions on ground , adding that: ‘We have come together to offer our support.
“What we did was to sensitise the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to know how they can engage the communities in whatever they are doing.
“If while doing that they need some support from us, we have a Rapid Response Team (RRT) that are working on ground. They have mobility, they have everything,” he said.
According to him, each time any of the Civil Society Organisations has palliatives for instance, to give to members of any community, they use the opportunity to make presentations on COVID-19 preventive measures.
The RRT, sponsored by UNICEF in collaboration with the Rivers State Ministry of Health, and the Rivers State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), he said, decided to adopt the method, knowing that many people in the communities are more bothered by how to overcome hunger than COVID-19.
“If you look at it economically, everybody is hungry. If you go to a community and tell them you want to sensitise them on how to wish hands, they will tell you they are hungry,” he said.
This, he explained further, is part of what Risk Communication entails, and is the platform through which UNICEF aims to support the state.
“UNICEF’s aim is to support the state wherever they are working to pilot a model that is of international best practices and present to the state. That is what we’re doing now,” he said.

 

By: Sogbeba Dokubo

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POEM: Goodnight, Our Hero

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Published: June 2008

To be brave is to cry
But still to fight on,
And that’s what you did,
Our hero, our son.

The battle was hard.
We thought we had won,
But still you fought on,
Our hero, our son.

The happiness you brought
To the lives you have touched
Will live on forever
As you are loved so much.

When we close our eyes
we can see you.
When we whisper your name
we can hear you,
And when we reach with our
hearts we can touch you.

Goodnight our hero, our
son, our Dan.
You are just a child
But you have died a man.

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