One of the greatest achievements of this current administration is the fact that rail lines across Nation is resuscitated and locomotives were bought and has been in operation in some parts of the country.
However, there have been some form of controversies over the said project, ranging from the amount spent on the project and the locomotives brought to be used in Nigeria. Some Nigerians felt that the project is not worth what was reportedly spent and borrowed for the project and that the locomotives brought to Nigeria are refurbished and too old for any country that aimed at progress.
Passengers who boarded from Abuja to Kaduna were left stranded in the bush after the locomotives conveying them developed some fault on the way. The Minister for transportation have apologized to the passengers and yesterday revealed Federal Government’s plan to return the faulty locomotives back to China.
In reaction to this development, Aisha Yesufu was understood to have seen this as a clear vindication to them, who have questioned the entire project stressing that they are not enemies to the Government. See her tweet below:
Several reactions followed as many showed support to the activist for always speaking the truth. See some of the reactions below:
The Chinese government has announced the temporary suspension of entry into China of non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria holding visas or residence permits.
The Chinese Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria in a statement issued Wednesday, however, said that holders of diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas would not be affected.
It however added that foreign nationals visiting China for emergency needs may apply for visas at Chinese Embassy or Consulate.
It stated: “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, China has decided to temporarily suspend entry into China by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria holding visas or residence permits still valid at the time of this announcement. The Chinese Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria will no longer issue Certified Health Declaration Form for the above-mentioned personnel.
“Entry by holders of diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas will not be affected. Foreign nationals visiting China for emergency needs may apply for visas at Chinese Embassy or Consulate. Entry by non-Chinese nationals in Nigeria with visas issued after 3 November 2020 will not be affected.
“The suspension is a temporary response necessitated by the current situation of Covid-19. The above-mentioned measures will be assessed in accordance with the evolving situation and any adjustment will be announced accordingly.”
The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, has directed all intending passengers to China, to obtain COVID-19 negative test certificate before departing for the Asian country.
They are required to take a Nucleic Acid test three days before departure with effect from September 1, 2020.
This was contained in a statement signed by the NIS spokesman, DCI Sunday James, on Friday.
It noted that Chinese citizens must apply for ‘Green Health Codes’ with ‘HS’ mark, while other foreign nationals including Nigerians, are to complete the health declaration forms.
Foreigners travelling to China and Chinese citizens must submit COVID-19 negative test certificates to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in Nigeria, so they can be issued the required clearance for their journey to China.
It added, “Non-resident Nigerians in Europe and North America are to avoid transiting France pending the lifting of travel restrictions due to COVID-19. Transit passengers to Europe and North America transiting through Paris must endeavour to present a valid permanent resident permit for their final destination and COVID-19 negative test certificate to enable them to gain entry into France.”
The statement further disclosed that from September 1, only French nationals and residents will be allowed into France with respect to the note verbale from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The immigration service advised all China, Europe and North American-bound passengers, to abide by the rules to avoid denial of departure from Nigeria and repatriation from the countries concerned due to non-compliance.