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Aside From Atiku, 9 Other Politicians Vying To Become President



Aside From Atiku, 9 Other Politicians Vying To Become President

The highly-anticipated 2023 presidential election is around the corner. And with it just 13-month away from now, political parties, and politicians have directly and indirectly been making their candidacy interests known.

Just last week, former Lagos governor Bola Tinubu, Ebonyi governor Dave Umahi, and journalist Dele Momodu have so far declared their interests to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari as his two-term tenure would elapse next year (2023).

As at the time of filing this report, while Newsrand could establish that some politicians have publicised their interest to run for the 2023 presidential race, others have not stepped out to confirm the rumour surrounding their candidacy for the democratic exercise. They are, however, poised to contest.

Aside From Atiku, 9 Other Politicians Vying To Become President
Atiku Abubakar

It’s been speculated that the familiar face of the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar may be on campaign billboards and posters again for the 2023 presidency.

The Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not new to the game, as he has unsuccessfully contested for president five times.

The next election provides the ex-VP with yet another chance, and if he eventually announces his interest in the race, Atiku will certainly give it his all.

Aside From Atiku, 9 Other Politicians Vying To Become President
Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has reportedly been wooed by some politicians to return to Aso Rock for another tenure of four years after which power is expected to return to the north.

Jonathan hasn’t said anything about his rumoured return, but if the political calculations and machinations of the agenda sail through, the ex-president might fly another party’s flag come February 2023.

Aside From Atiku, 9 Other Politicians Vying To Become President
Bola Tinubu

It is now crystal clear that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is interested in succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari.

Tinubu officially threw his hat in the ring on Monday, January 10, 2022, when he told journalists that he has informed Buhari about his intention. For him, the 2023 presidential race has started in earnest.

Aside From Atiku, 9 Other Politicians Vying To Become President
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

In October 2021, campaign posters of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo surfaced in Ibadan.

The posters, with ‘Osinbajo for All 2023’ boldly written on them were pasted at some strategic areas in the capital of the old western region.

There have also been online campaigns asking the VP to join the presidential race, but the VP is yet to give his nod to the calls.

Aside From Atiku, 9 Other Politicians Vying To Become President
Yahaya Bello

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State made his intention to contest known two years before the election.

Bello has told Nigerians how groups, youths, and people of his state are putting pressure on him to run for president.

Already, there are campaign billboards of the governor in Lagos and Abuja. Bello seems ready to give all presidential aspirants in his party a run for their money.

Aside From Atiku, 9 Other Politicians Vying To Become President

The presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the 2019 general election, Kingsley Moghalu manages to remain politically relevant since he lost his first presidential race.

Having dumped the YPP for the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in October 2021, the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria is ready to join the race again in 2023.

Moghalu has already restated his interest to lead the country to make Nigeria ‘the envy of other nations.’

Aside From Atiku, 9 Other Politicians Vying To Become President
Orji Uzor Kalu

The Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu has declared himself as the most prepared presidential candidate in Nigeria.

Despite his campaign posters surfacing in major cities, the former Governor of Abia State recently said he has not made up his mind to contest.

Kalu believes the southeast is ripe for the presidency, but it seems the politician would only contest if the ruling APC zones its presidential ticket to the region.

Aside From Atiku, 9 Other Politicians Vying To Become President
Dave Umahi

Barely 24 hours after Bola Tinubu met President Muhammadu Buhari and announced his intention to run, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State took the same step. He met the president and declared his intention to join the race.

Umahi who dumped the PDP for the ruling APC in November 2020 will have to wrestle the party’s presidential ticket with other politicians eyeing the seat of the president.

Aside From Atiku, 9 Other Politicians Vying To Become President
Dele Momodu

Celebrated journalist Dele Momodu has made it official that he would be joining the race for President come 2023.

The former presidential candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP) in the 2011 election said unlike before, he is now better prepared to run.

Aside From Atiku, 9 Other Politicians Vying To Become President
Bukola Saraki

Former President of the Senate Dr. Bukola Saraki is one of the high-profile politicians who did not hesitate to make his intention known about 2023.

In November 2021, Saraki announced his intention to contest the presidency to PDP members in Benue State.

According to Governor Samuel Ortom, Saraki is the first politician from the North Central region to indicate interest in the presidency.

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REVEALED: See List Of LGAs In Lagos Motorcycles Are Banned



REVEALED: See List Of LGAs In Lagos Motorcycles Are Banned

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has begun a clampdown on motorcycle operators in the state, as he imposed a fresh ban on them.

In the course of a meeting with the Commissioner of Police, Area Commanders, and Divisional Police Officers at the State House in Alausa on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, Sanwo-Olu stated that the fresh ban would be effective in six Local Governments and nine Local Government Development Areas.

According to the governor, this new directive would take effect from Wednesday, June 1, 2022, and the total ban extends to all LCDAs under the listed councils.

See the list of affected areas below

Apapa Iganmu  LCDA

Ojodu LCDA
Onigbongbo LCDA

Lagos Island
Lagos Island West LCDA
Lagos Island East LCDA

Lagos Mainland

Coker Aguda LCDA
Itire-Ikate LCDA

Eti-Osa East LCDA
Eti-Osa West LCDA
Iru Victoria Island LCDA
Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA

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How Job Opportunities Abroad Caused Brain Drain In Tech And Medical Spaces In Nigeria



How Job Opportunities Abroad Caused Brain Drain In Tech And Medical Spaces In Nigeria

It is no longer news that the average dream of every Nigerian is to seek greener pastures at certain stages of their respective lives — no thanks to the economic indicators, which include inflation, and unemployment rates that are in nobody’s favour in the country.

For many Nigerians, especially those that have schooled within the shores of the country, traveling abroad to work is a life-changing privilege they put their entire savings and accrued assets into.

Explaining why professionals in tech and medical feel being abroad is better compared to working in Nigeria, Damilola Oloyede, a Travel Agent said many Nigerians are desperate to leave the country.

Almost on a daily basis, I have dozens of people reaching out to me for enquiries relating to their plans to leave Nigeria. This is because they all believe there are opportunities abroad that can change their entire lives.

People in all aspects of life just want to live well, and living abroad gives them that leverage. Most of the people in tech especially, and those in the medical line, have desperate commitments to leaving NigeriaAnd really, you can’t blame them because they won’t get owed over there as they would here, and their jobs would be secured,” she said.

With most professionals in Nigerian tech and medical spaces attempting to leave the country, this writer approached a few of them to understand the driving forces behind their commitment.

One of them, Itunuoluwa Adebamijoko, a nurse, said she never planned to serve in the African most populous nation even though she started her academic pursuits there.

In her words, “I have always been angry about how nurses are being side-lined among health workers in Nigeria. Nursing is meant to be among the top professions, but in Nigeria, the Nursing profession is far behind and can’t even compete with other countries and how well they are appreciated there. I never wanted to be a nurse in Nigeria; I was never happy about it, I wanted to be a doctor. But eventually, I found myself in the profession and I fell in love with it. It was a determination for me to try my best to get out of the country to a place I am more appreciative of.”

Like Adebamijoko, Ismail Olalekan, a co-founder of Jhaki Technology, revealed that his plan to leave the country and start afresh was triggered by unfavourable government policies that kill business dreams.

“I had run two startups that were both killed as a result of unfavourable government policies. So, I just had to leave the country to seek a better enabling environment and explore how things are done beyond the terrain of Africa.” he said.

How the journey started

According to Olalekan, to relocate from Nigeria isn’t as difficult as people think, especially considering when the required finance is available.

He, however, claimed to have gained support from his industry colleagues, and friends that have moved abroad.

Sharing how the journey began for her, Adebamijoko revealed that the process started when she finished nursing school.

“There were financial constraints but I started saving up from the first job I got. First I made sure I got an international passport. I proceeded to open the Nursing and Midwife Council (NMC) application and followed all the necessary processes. Although I wrote the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) multiple times, I was determined. Searching for a job appeared to be the hardest part of the whole process, but after thousands of applications, I finally got to where I am. They proceeded with my COS for sponsorship and I applied for a visa. Now I am here.” Adebamijoko said.

For a UK-based Nigerian nurse, Okongwu Ifechukwu, the desire to give her children a better life and experience motivated her move abroad.

Ifechukwu said her journey from the West African country is not different from Adebamijoko’s.

Their advice for newbies

According to a United States-based programmer, who doesn’t want to be mentioned in this report, without passion and determination, the dream of most Nigerians can’t become a reality.

Similarly, Olubukola Akinpelu, who’s also based in America, working as a nurse coach, said it is erroneous for anyone to venture into the profession for the primary purpose of money, adding that coming to developed countries would expose one to various life-changing opportunities.

By Damilare Famuyiwa

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How To Migrate To Canada From Nigeria As A Nurse



How To Migrate To Canada From Nigeria As A Nurse

Anyone as a Nigerian can migrate to Canada. However, being a nurse is an advantage that professionals in the medical industry can leverage to move to the North American country. But this is only when you have the right knowledge you can leverage for this course.

First, you need to know that there are various nursing options in Canada, just like it is for other developed countries. Nursing falls under the 3012 NOC Code & Classified as a Skilled Level A. You can choose to apply for a license in any province of your choice to be a Mental Health Nurse registered psychiatric nurse (R.P.N.), nursing consultant, intensive care nurse, Occupational Health Nurse, nurse researcher, clinical nurse, A&E nurse, Community Nurse or public health nurse, Registered nurse, critical care nurse, or as a Nurse practitioner. It is pertinent to note that different provinces in Canada have their own requirements that must be met.

Having understood the options, you can then proceed to getting your credentials accessed by National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS). What this means is that you need to covert your qualifications into a North American standard. Then NNAS will go-ahead to verify your credentials, compare & evaluate credentials to the Canadian standards, store credentials. You can only be eligible for NNAS evaluation if you graduate from a college or university nursing program outside Canada, have never worked as a Nurse in Canada, want to work as a RN, LPN, or RPN in Canada.

After the evaluation, the next thing you need to do is to  submit your NNAS Application.

Next, you need to submit a Nursing Education Form. This particular form can be accessed once you’ve registered online on the NNAS website. The form must be sent directly by your school to NNAS either by mail or courier. An individual is never required to send their form to NNAS themselves. The school must send it.

Next, you will be required to submit your Nursing Practice Employment Form, do note that the form must be completed and sent directly by your employer by mail or courier to NNAS. Then you have to submit your IELTS Language Testing results. However, if your first language is English/French, get an exemption letter from your school. After submitting the documents to NNAS, you still have to submit your application and choose what province and the nursing group you are applying to. The NNAS Main application fee is $650 USD.

NNAS will then send an advisory report to the provincial regulatory body you initially selected upon registration. Once the regulatory body receives the report from NNAS, you will be requested to start the process with them.

Provinces, Qualification Available and Regulatory Body Involved in migrating to Canada from Nigeria, as a nurse include:

  • British Columbia – RN & PN: British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals.
  • Ontario – RN: College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Saskatchewan – RN: Saskatchewan Registered Nurse Association.
  • Manitoba – RN & PN College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba Practical Nurses College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba
  • Alberta – PN & RN College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta For a complete list of regulated bodies

Note that once NNAS has been completed, I had to complete registration with any of the Nursing provincial regulatory bodies that I decided on for the NNAS application form.

After the registration with the Nursing provincial regulatory body, you have to Identify the Immigration Program that suits you.

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