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ABUJA — The Nigerian passport is now ranked 98th out of 199 countries, according to the Henley Passport Index, described as the original, authoritative ranking of all the world’s passports. Henley and Partners, a London-based global citizenship and residence advisory firm, explained that the passport index updated quarterly is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association, which maintains the world’s largest and most accurate database of travel information. The recently published Q1...

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ABUJA — The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) said one of its cardinal programmes for 2022 was to train its staff on customer relations. Mr. Fidet Okhiria, NRC’s Managing Director, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) on Sunday in Abuja. Okhiria commended NRC staff for maintaining high discipline when carrying out their responsibilities. He however said more training especially in customer relations was necessary to help the staff relate more and...

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The National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) revealed in a Twitter update that passenger flights from Nigeria and 11 other African countries will resume from Saturday, January 29. Other affected countries are Ethiopia, Tanzania, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana, and the Republic of Congo. It added that entry procedures have been updated for flights originating from Ghana, Rwanda, and Uganda. Travel restrictions were put in...

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Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has ordered the immediate removal of roadblocks on the state’s highways being mounted by “illegal tax collectors” to allow security operatives to do their job. Bello issued the directive on Thursday during a trip to Okene Local Government  Area of the state where he and other motorists experienced gridlock due to the illegal roadblocks. The governor, who alighted from his vehicle while on transit, condemned the activities of illegal tax...

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has suspended flights from Nigeria due to the new Coronavirus variant, Omicron. This is coming a few days after Canada and United Kingdom extended the travel ban to travelers from Nigeria. A circular signed by Assistant President for Economic Policy and Air Transport, Dr. Faisal Al Sugair, titled ‘’Suspension of flights from and to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, said the ban affects all airlines operating in the airports of...

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The United Kingdom has announced that fully vaccinated travellers from Nigeria to England will not need to take a pre-departure test, undertake a day 8 test, or self-isolate for 10 days as previously required, with effect from Monday, October 11. This policy, it said, applies to those fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (including Covidshield), Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson. In a statement on Thursday titled, ‘UK changes travel rules for fully vaccinated travellers from Nigeria,’...

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LAGOS —  The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) says there is no directive yet banning travellers without proof of vaccination from traveling both local and international flights. Mr. Sam Adurogboye, the General Manager, Public Relations of the authority said this in a statement in Lagos on Thursday. According to him, this is contrary to claims in some local tabloids and social media that the Federal Government through NCAA had given a directive that from Dec....

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ABUJA — President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday will travel to the United Kingdom. This was disclosed in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina. The President’s aide explained that his employer would embark on the trip to participate in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021-2025. After the event, Adesina said that the President would spend few days in the United Kingdom for an earlier...

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The Federal Government has banned travelers from South Africa, Brazil, India, and Turkey by one month due to the rising COVID-19 cases there. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said this in Abuja on Monday at the briefing of the committee. “The four major variants of concern are now classified as Alpha (UK), Beta (SA); Gamma (Brazil) and Delta (India). The Delta variant which...

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ABUJA — Mr. Ikharo Attah, Chairman, Federal Capital Territory FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, and some security and fire service officers on Sunday monitored the demolition over 349 illegal structures in Lugbe-Across, along with Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The demolition exercise which started at Lugbe-Across, Lugbe Berger, car wash, and Lugbe zone 5 lasted for seven hours. Attah He said the objective of the exercise was to ensure that Abuja, especially along the...

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