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Nigerian embassies criticized over attitude

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Mr Olu Raheem, the Business Finland’s Trade Commissioner in West Africa, on Sunday said that Nigerian embassies should be made to do more to attract more businesses to the country.

Raheem told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the embassies should mostly engage in facilitating more businesses rather than concentrate on promoting political and diplomatic relations.

The Finnish official also suggested that a dedicated desk be established in every Nigerian mission for them to easily access information about opportunities in Nigeria.

“Experiences have shown that it is very, very hard for foreigners to get information about Nigeria from her embassies.

“From the Nordic perspective, the Nigerian government’s concentration is more on the political and diplomatic relations.

“I think the Nigerian embassies should do more in being more like a stop point where foreign companies and investors can readily get accurate and updated information about opportunities in Nigeria.

“There should be a dedicated desk in every Nigerian embassy that foreigners can readily approach to get information on procedures for visas, work permit, local content laws and other requirements,’’ he said.

Raheem added that it had been discouraging for foreigners to be told by the embassies that their needed information would have to be sent from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja.

The trade commissioner overseeing Business Finland in Nigeria and other West African countries said that the establishment of desks across the embassies would attract more businesses to Nigeria.

Raheem said that there had been complaints from would-be foreign businesses and investors of inadequate information on the Internet on the opportunities in Nigeria for them.

“As much as this current administration is doing well, we think that there still the need to do more.

“There is a lot of transparency issue to be addressed in general. It is quite hard to get reliable information about Nigeria outside this country.

“Sometimes, the more people you ask for specific information, the more buried information these foreign companies get,’’ he said.

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Many feared dead, others injured as two-storey building collapses in Jos

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A two-storey building in Dilimi community of Jos North LGA of Plateau State, has collapsed, leading to the death of three persons, and others injured.

The building, which is located in a busy commercial area of Jos North, collapsed Monday evening.

When DAILY POST correspondent got to the scene of the incident, there was pandemonium, even as efforts were being made to rescue those trapped.

However, security operatives have cordoned off the area to prevent hoodlums from looting people’s belongings.

When DAILY POST contacted the spokesman of the State Police Command, DSP Mathias Terna Tyopev, he said they were aware of the incident, but cannot give any casualty figure.

“I’m waiting for a detailed information from the Divisional Police Officer of the area, so will get back to you when I get it,” he said.

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Yadda ‘yan bindiga 300 suka far wa kauyukan Katsina | BBC Hausa

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Jami’an tsaro sun sha alwashin kawo karshen matsalar tsaro

Rundunar ‘yan sandan jihar ta Katsina, ta ce yan bindiga kimanin 300 ne suka far wa kauyuka uku na Kirtawa da Kinfau da Zamfarawan Madogara da ke yankunan kananan hukumomin Batsari da Safana.

A wata sanarwa, mai magana da yawun rundunar ‘yan sandan, DSP Gambo Isah ya ce hare-haren da aka kai ranar Asabar, sun yi sandiyyar mutuwar mutum 10, inda kuma aka jikkata mutum biyar.

DSP Gambo Isah ya kuma ce ‘yan bindigar sun rika harbin kan mai uwa da wabi inda suka tarwatsa mutanen kauyen.

Sanarwar ta kara da cewa maharan sun cinna wa ababan hawa wuta,bayan sun kora shanun da ba a san adadinsu ba.

Wani wanda harin ya rutsa da shi a kauyen Zamfarawan Madogara ya bayyana wa Sani Aliyu yadda lamarin ya auku.

Yadda aka far wa kauyukanmu

Wannan bawan Allah ya kara da kokawa dangane da yadda ‘yan bindiga ke satar mata a duk lokacin da suka kai hare-hare kauyukan nasu.

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Buhari, APC, INEC reject Atiku, PDP’s move to play rigging video in court

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President Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have objected to the move by Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to play a video before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT).

The Nation reports that their lawyers objected when the petitioners’ lawyer, Chris Uche (SAN) invited Atiku’s Media Aide, Segun Showunmi, through whom Uche intended to play the video recordings and tender about 48 documents.

But, Alex. Izinyon (SAN), for Buhari; Adeniyi Akintola (SAN); and Yunus Usman (SAN), for INEC kicked on on the grounds that the petitioners did not front-load the items as required under the Electoral Act.

Tribunal Chairman, Justice Mohammed Garba, then stood down proceedings to consider arguments by parties and rule on whether or not to allow the document and video recordings.

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