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No Brexit breakthrough expected at next set of talks, EU adviser says

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The European Union and Britain are likely to have to engage in accelerated Brexit talks over the summer because no one expects a breakthrough at the next round of talks.

An adviser to the EU’s chief trade negotiator, Michel Barnier, said on Friday.

“I’m not so optimistic about Round 4, hopefully, we make some progress, it won’t be a breakthrough,’’ Stefaan de Rynck told an online event organized by the Institute For Government.

“Let’s assume there is no extension or transition, which is what the UK government’s position is, and then we come to July 1.

“ We will have to negotiate over the summer. It will have to happen at an accelerated pace.’’

He added that both sides should work at all costs to prevent Britain from leaving without a future trade deal.

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Covid-19: Nigerian students will not be writing WAEC anytime soon- Minister

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The Nigerian government has announced that Nigerian students will not be participating in the forthcoming West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu made the announcement after the virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, July 8.

The Minister who also disclosed that there is no date yet for school resumption added that he will prefer Nigerian students lose an academic year than expose them to danger.

“Schools under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education will not reopen on August 4th or any time soon. Our schools will only open when we believe it is safe for our children and that is when the situation is right, not when the number of COVID-19 infection is going up in the nation. So, I just want to make that clear,” Mr Adamu said.

He said the government will not reopen schools now for examinations or any other reason “unless it is safe for our students because WAEC cannot determine for us what we do so schools will remain closed.”

“Yesterday we called a meeting of stakeholders to tell us their situation and what needs to be done in order to reopen schools but while the meeting was going on, WAEC announced that they will start exams so let’s see who they are going to start with,” he said.

The minister appealed to schools that have already reopened to rescind their positions.

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Hushpuppi: Focus on Nigerians doing positive than negative things abroad – minister

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Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama has said Nigeria and its image abroad should not be judged by the actions of a very few criminals.

Onyeama, who was the special guest on News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum, said despite the involvement of a few Nigerians in the recently uncovered high profile scams, many more Nigerians were doing good and positive things abroad.

He described as unfortunate the perception in the media that bad news made better news than good news.

The minister urged the Nigerian media to shine its lights on the good deeds of Nigerians in the Diaspora.

According to him, no country in the world has taken action against Nigeria on the account of the bad deeds of an individual.

“Another thing we do is also to highlight the positive things that Nigerians are doing around the world. We believe that more Nigerians, many more Nigerians, are doing very good things and positive things around the world than Nigerians doing negative things.

“You, the media, of course, we all know that no news is good news. What sells and excites and interests people is sensational news. So, there is also that element.

“So, I think the challenge is for us to always bring up the good things that Nigerians are doing,” he said.

Also, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa said Nigerians in Diaspora should not be judged by the activities of some bad elements among them.

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In a statement by Gabriel Odu of the agency’s Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit, Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa said: “Nigerians all over the world are known to be hardworking, diligent and determined and succeeding tremendously in their chosen careers wherever they are. Bad news travels fast.”

The statement referred to a Nigerian, Mr Ikenna Nweke, who received commendations from the Japanese government and its police for returning a lost wallet containing large sums of money and a credit card. Yet, it did not make headlines.”

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Mrs Dabiri-Erewa recalled that while the news of Hushpuppi was trending, a Nigerian in Russia, Dr Chidubem Obi, graduated with a 5.0 Grade Point Average (GPA), cleaning all established records in the university.

The NiCOM chief stressed that Nigerians are unarguably the most educated immigrants in the United States of America (U.S.A) and are hard-working, committed, determined and successful in their careers and professions.

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Praising the Federal Bureau of Information (FBI) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for tracking and tracing fraudsters, Mrs Dabiri-Erewa stressed that the law must be allowed to take its cause.

She added:

“Let us focus more on the positive things Nigerians in the Diaspora are doing than the few negative narratives that purportedly give Nigeria a bad image.

“Some Nigerians are working three to four jobs per day. Yet, negative acts by those arrested for fraud are used to judge and stereotype them.”

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa advised Nigerian youths to use their energies on honesty and integrity and uphold high moral values.

She added that one bad apple cannot spoil the whole bunch.

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See how Dele Momodu reacted to video of son who vandalized mom’s properties

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Nigerian journalist and publisher of Ovation International, Dele Momodu has reacted to the video making rounds online that showed a young Nigerian man, Chidera, destroying his mother’s properties after an argument.

According to the video, his mom claimed he demanded for some documents including her passport which he claimed he needed for a university program, and after she ignored him, he forcefully took her documents which she retrieved.

He subsequently began breaking things in the house and also pouring food items on the floor.

Taking to Instagram, Dele Momodu reacted to the video, stating that it is the dark side of too much freedom abroad.

According to him, rather than mock the family involved, parents should count themselves lucky to have such kids.

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See what he wrote below;

“This is the dark side of too much freedom abroad…

Do not mock the family in this trending video but PRAY for them and for yours. Count yourselves extremely lucky if you’ve not experienced these children of anger and complete dislocation. It is a common but unfortunate experience. The parents dare not touch him even if they can overpower him. They may be charged for assault and abuse… AFRICA, well done…
My friend just sent me this: “P21 in Dublin is the balancing statement that the boy needs which is linked to everything including admission into university which he wants to go the UCD he is mentioning. He should have been told the truth that they don’t have legal standing in Dublin not keep telling him that his passport has expired.
Its his Nigerian passport which they probably use to enter Dublin that has expired and that is not tenable for the purpose he needs it for. He is frustrated all his friends are in university and he does not understand why he can’t go. He feels they are unjust in denying him the education he is entitled to. That’s the koko of the story.”
Just received this from another friend…
“If anyone knows the family of the boy who destroyed his parents’ properties that I posted earlier today pls reach out to this organization in the United Kingdom. Thanks so much…
“Uncle , thanks for hearing me out… I have spoken to other people on the board of our organisation and we would like to offer the family some support . If you or anyone knows the family we can help them approach/deal with the issues offering our services free of charge…”

 

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