Nigerian Passport Can Visit These 47 countries Without a Visa

The Japanese passport has been ranked the most powerful passport in the world with citizens enjoying visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations.

According to the Henley Passport Index which depends on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA), Nigeria gained visa-free access (net-free access) to three new countries, bring its visa-free access to 47 countries.

Source: www.henleypassportindex.com

Speaking on the methodology of the ranking, Henley said: “For each travel destination, if no visa is required for passport holders from a country or territory, then a score with value = 1 is created for that passport.

“A score with value = 1 is also applied if passport holders can obtain a visa on arrival, a visitor’s permit, or an electronic travel authority (ETA) when entering the destination. These visa-types require no pre-departure government approval, because of the specific visa-waiver programs in place.

“Where a visa is required, or where a passport holder has to obtain a government-approved electronic visa (e-Visa) before departure, a score with value = 0 is assigned. A score with value = 0 is also assigned if passport holders need pre-departure government approval for a visa on arrival, a scenario we do not consider ‘visa-free’.”

Cambodia *

Maldives *

Timor-Leste *

Benin *

Burkina Faso

Cameroon

Cape Verde Islands

Chad

Comores Islands *

Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Djibouti *

Gambia

Ghana

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Kenya *

Liberia

Madagascar *

Mali

Mauritania *

Mauritius *

Mozambique *

Niger

Rwanda *

Senegal

Seychelles *

Sierra Leone

Somalia *

Tanzania *

Togo

Uganda *

Cook Islands

Fiji

Micronesia

Niue

Palau Islands

* Samoa *

Tuvalu *

Vanuatu

Barbados

Dominica

Haiti

Montserrat

St. Kitts and Nevis

Bolivia*

Iran *

Lebanon *

Countries with asterisk require visa on arrival.

MC Oluomo, NURTW Official , Eight others allegedly stabbed at APC Lagos Rally

No fewer than nine people, including a leader of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo, were reportedly stabbed on Tuesday during a rally to flag off the campaign of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos.

The rally, which held at the Sky Power Ground, Oba Akinjobi Road, Ikeja, was said to have started peacefully.

MC Oluomo

However, popular Fuji maestro, Wasiu Ayinde Marshall, aka K1 De Ultimate, was reportedly thrilling the audience when a gunshot was heard.

Pandemonium thereafter ensued as hoodlums suspected to be supporters of MC Oluomo and other transport unions attacked one another.

Clips of the clash posted online by a publisher, Dele Momodu, showed moments the hoodlums attacked one another with machetes as some fled for safety.

Akinwunmi ambode campaign along side with Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu candidate for the APC in the 2019 election.

A cascade of gunshots could be heard while Governor Akinwunmi Ambode read his speech and called for support for the flag bearers of the party in the coming elections.

Ambode was reported to have told the crowd that the Police were in control of the situation, but things degenerated as gunshots continued unabated despite the intervention of mobile policemen.

McOluomo picture with Ganiu Adam (OPC leader)

The campaign was cut short, as the party governorship candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, could not address the crowd. He was reported to have rushed the vote of thanks and dispersed the rally.

It was gathered that Police officers engaged the hoodlums in a gun battle, as people ran helter-skelter. In the melee, many people were injured.

Journalists who covered the event were also reported to have fled the scene to avoid being caught in the gunfire as some of them were injured.

Officers of the Lagos State Ambulance Services were said to have conveyed some of the stabbed victims to a hospital.

MC Oluomo, who was among the injured, was also reportedly rushed to the hospital.

Vaccination | FAAN Under fire over New eYellow card

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has incurred public wrath over an announcement on the impending change of the Yellow card issued to Nigerian travellers.

In a notification on Twitter, FAAN said: “All old yellow cards will be invalid from April 1st 2019” and urged Nigerians to get a New e-Yellow card by following the five steps listed. One of them is by paying ₦2,000 for the new card and another is by visiting the website ‘yellowcardNigeria.com to register.

However, the agency has come under the fusillade of attacks by Twitterati, with some wondering why the agency has hijacked what should ordinarily be the responsibility of the health ministry.

Some other commentators wondered what would become of existing cards which are still valid or vaccinations that have just been administered on the card carriers.

Yet others suggested that FAAN is promoting the eYellow card for money motive and not for health reasons.

Here are some of the comments on FAAN Twitter handle @FAAN_Official

Petrol Subsidy Hits N2.43b Daily​ As NNPC Takes Over Calculation From PPPRA

The task of determining the daily consumption and subsidy on petroleum products has been taken over by the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).The development came as statistics show that the government currently pays ₦2.434billion daily to subsidise petrol. It was gathered that the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) saddled with the responsibility of determining the pricing template of petroleum products in the country had been unable to discharge the responsibility in the last two years. 

Indeed, the PPPRA official website which displays the landing cost and other parameters for determining the price of petroleum products has been dormant in the past two years.

Ibe Kachikwu
Ibe Kachikwu -Minister of State, Petroleum Resources and the immediate past Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division (GPAD) of the NNPC, Ndu Nghamadu, confirmed the new responsibility of the PPMC yesterday when The Guardian sought to know if the daily consumption of petrol was still 50million litres as claimed by the NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru last year.

Nghamadu failed to call back to provide information on the current daily consumption. It is not known what parameters PPMC uses to make projections upon which NNPC base its importation regime.

Recall that only NNPC brings in products into the country and also single-handedly determines how the under-recovery is reimbursed. Before now, PPPA was saddled with the responsibility of verifying, while the Federal Ministry of Finance also verifies the veracity of the claims by marketers as well as authorise payment through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Air of uncertainty currently envelops the PPPRA as the NNPC has silently taken over one of its crucial responsibilities and the Executive Secretary of the agency, Abdulkadir Umar Saidu, seems helpless.

As at yesterday, a gallon of petrol costs $2.54 Cent in the United States of America. The Naira equivalent of $2.54 Cent at official rate of N305 to the dollar is ₦774.7kobo. Therefore, the landing cost of a litre of petrol should be ₦193.68kobo (excluding freight and other port charges).

At 50million litres daily consumption, Nigeria currently pays ₦2.434billion per day subsidising petrol. An industry expert told The Guardian under condition of anonymity that it was time for Nigeria to do away with subsidy in order to free money for development purpose. The source said: “It is clear that if Nigeria does not do away with subsidy, the economy would crash in no distant time. How would government implement the new minimum wage?”.

How will government fund education as demanded by the unions in that sector? How would government fund health, which is in shamble? How will government tackle poverty, which is principally fuelled by absence of critical infrastructure that will unleash the innate capacity of the Nigerian people? Why would the government not use deregulation as a precondition for the implementation of a living wage that is far beyond the ₦30, 000 being demanded?”