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US Embassy Increases Nigerian Visa Fee Application, Blames Nigerian Government

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In a statement by The United States Embassy in Nigeria says effective from Thursday, August 29, 2019, Nigerians applying for tourism, student and business visas will not only pay the N59, 200 fee but will have to pay an extra $110 (N40, 700) after the visa has been issued to them bringing the total cost to N99, 900.

Applicants seeking the L1 Visa (work permit) will pay an extra N112, 100 if given visas while those applying for H4 Visa (dependency/spousal) will pay an extra N66, 600.

The US Embassy adopts the rate of N370/$1 for Nigerians which is higher than both the official rate and the black market rate.

This move is a retaliation to  Nigeria’s visa fee application to US citizens.

“US law requires US visa fees and validity periods to be based on the treatment afforded to US citizens by foreign governments, insofar as possible. Visa issuance fees are implemented under the principle of reciprocity: when a foreign government imposes additional visa fees on US citizens, the United States will impose reciprocal fees on citizens of that country for similar types of visas.

“The total cost for a US citizen to obtain a visa to Nigeria is currently higher than the total cost for a Nigerian to obtain a comparable visa to the United States. The new reciprocity fee for Nigerian citizens is meant to eliminate that cost difference.

“Since early 2018, the US government has engaged the Nigerian government to request that the Nigerian government change the fees charged to US citizens for certain visa categories. After 18 months of review and consultations, the government of Nigeria has not changed its fee structure for U.S. citizen visa applicants, requiring the US Department of State to enact new reciprocity fees in accordance with our visa laws.

“The reciprocity fee will be required for all Nigerian citizens worldwide, regardless of where they are applying for a non-immigrant visa to the United States. The reciprocity fee is required for each visa that is issued, which means both adults and minors whose visa applications are approved will be charged the reciprocity fee. The fee can only be paid at the US Embassy or the US Consulate General. The reciprocity fee cannot be paid at banks or any other location.”

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Akinwunmi Adesina Re-elected As President of Africa Development Bank

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Nigerian banker, Akinwunmi Adesina has been re-elected as the president of African Development Bank (AfDB) after many controversies.

Dr. Adesina gained 100% of the votes, unopposed. He will serve a second five-year term as President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB).

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari congratulated him on Twitter

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Protest In Wisconsin As Another Black Man Was Shot By The Police

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Another Black man had been shot and injured by the police. This shooting comes barely three months after the killing of George Floyd.

Jacob Blake, 29, was shot in the back multiple times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday as he leaned into his car, with his children screaming.

Blake was shot seven times by an officer and he is now paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors don’t know if the condition is permanent.

Blake was “helping to de-escalate a domestic incident” when he was shot from behind after he walked away from officers.

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US Authorizes The Use Of Chloroquine For Coronavirus Patients

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued what was termed as ‘an emergency use authorization for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat patients hospitalized with COVID-19’.

The drugs  used to treat malaria and other conditions is said to have little scientific evidence and are effective in treating Covid-19.

In its statement, Department of Health and Human Services, HHS said:

“Anecdotal reports suggest that these drugs may offer some benefit in the treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
“The safety profile of these drugs has only been studied for FDA approved indications, not COVID-19.”

Before this release, US President Donald Trump had claimed few weeks ago that the  FDA had approved the “very powerful” drug chloroquine to treat coronavirus.
“It’s shown very encouraging — very, very encouraging early results. And we’re going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately. And that’s where the FDA has been so great. They — they’ve gone through the approval process; it’s been approved.  Trump said. This led to overdose of the drugs in many countries including Nigeria before FDA  issued a statement disapproving the use.

Now the drugs has been approved. But while there’s limited evidence on the efficacy of chloroquine, or hydroxychloroquine, the FDA said the drugs’ benefits outweighed their risk. In its letter, the FDA encouraged randomized clinical trials that could assess the effectiveness of the drugs. It also noted that the known and potential benefits outweigh the risks.

The authorization is limited to patients who are currently hospitalized and weigh at least 50kg, or about 110 pounds. Under the emergency use authorization, health care providers must contact their local or state health department to access the drugs.

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