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The cost of sending asylum seekers to Rwanda, according to the UK, is £169,000.

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According to an impact assessment released on Tuesday, the controversial UK plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda will cost £169,000 ($210,000) per person, despite the government’s insistence that it would recover most of the costs.

Immigration reform is a top goal for the UK’s Conservative government, and it was a fundamental pledge made as the nation exited the EU.

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In order to dissuade thousands of migrants from traveling across the Channel on small boats, it intends to criminalize any asylum claims made by unauthorized entrants and send them to “safe” third nations, like Rwanda.

The government claimed that by cutting back on asylum help, savings of up to £165,000 would be realized.

Additionally, London thinks the initiative will serve as a deterrence.

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To get support for the law in parliament, the administration has emphasized the expense of hosting asylum seekers while their claims are being adjudicated.

According to the estimate of the interior ministry, the first expense of moving a person to a third country will be roughly £169,000, which includes a payment of £105,000 to the host nation as well as airfare and administrative fees.

However, it also stated that sending each asylum seeker to Rwanda or another third country would save an estimated £106,000 in costs over the course of four years.

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If lodging expenses continue to climb at the trend rate seen since 2019, this might increase to £165,000, it was stated.

The evaluation stated that the numbers were “highly uncertain” and that in order for the expenditures to be recovered, the strategy would need to prevent about 37% of small boat crossings.

– “Hardship” – In 2022, more than 45,000 migrants traveled in small boats to reach the southeast coast of England. This represents a 60% annual increase on a perilous path that has seen an increase in traffic every year since 2018.

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Beyond the price tag, the proposed law, which is presently up for discussion in parliament, has drawn criticism for how it would affect refugees in Rwanda.

Enver Solomon, director of the Refugee Council, stated that if the bill were to be passed in its present form, tens of thousands of refugees would be denied access to the protection to which they are legally entitled.

It would be difficult, expensive in the billions of pounds, and have no effect on easing the current problem or the strains on the asylum system.

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The Rwanda proposal, announced by the EU’s separate European Court of Human Rights last year, was abruptly halted. Boris Johnson was the then-prime minister.

The government plan is still bogged down in legal issues. There haven’t been any deportation flights to Rwanda until date.

On Thursday, judges in London will issue their ruling regarding the scheme’s legality.

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Rights organizations charge Rwanda, which has been ruled by President Paul Kagame with an iron fist since the end of the 1994 genocide that claimed about 800,000 lives, with repressing free expression and opposition.

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FG will close the Third Mainland Bridge for a full day

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The Lagos Third Mainland Bridge will be closed for repairs from midnight on Saturday, October 21, until midnight on Sunday, October 22, according to a statement released by the federal government on Thursday.

In a statement, the Federal Controller of Works for Lagos State, Mrs. Olukorede Kesha, stated that the government was prepared to commence extensive bridge rehabilitation, beginning with key section repairs.

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According to Kesha, the federal administration wanted the driving public to know that it was presently developing measures to rehabilitate the Third Mainland Bridge completely.
But, she added, “the Ministry would be carrying out palliative works on the most critically failed sections along the Adeniji-bound carriageway on Sunday, October 22, preparatory to the comprehensive repair works, in order to alleviate the pains currently being experienced on the bridge.”
She urged drivers to assist traffic management personnel by following all instructions and obeying diversions to ensure smooth traffic flow.
Nevertheless, throughout the time of the palliative works, drivers are urged to take alternate routes whenever feasible, as the Adeniji-bound portion of the bridge will be closed to traffic from Saturday, October 21, to  October 22, 12 midnight, the spokesperson stated.

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Bode Agusto, 68, past DG Budget Office head, passes away

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Bode Agusto, an economist and former director-general of the Budget Office of the Federation, fell suddenly at the age of 68.

The first credit rating agency in Nigeria, Agusto & Co., was founded by him.

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Olufemi Awoyemi, the Chairman, Founder, and Chief Executive Officer of Proshare Nigeria, revealed the news of Agusto’s passing on Thursday via his X Twitter.

“@bodeagusto, the pioneer who taught us all how to respect facts and data in our engagements, was the founder of @agustoandco,” the user tweeted.

You were an amazing instructor and a wonderful person. You had a profound effect on our career choices, and we will always remember the lessons you taught us.

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“May his soul rest in peace and may Almighty God grant his family the strength to bear this loss,” I said in prayer.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Lagos in 1974–1977. In 1981, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria inducted him as a Fellow of the Institute.

 

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The Navy intercepts eleven stowaways on a ship bound for Ghana.

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On the way to Ghana, a patrol squad from the Nigerian Navy’s ship BEECROFT found and arrested eleven stowaways on board the GWANGZHOU HIGHWAY PANAMA.
The people were apprehended on Tuesday at around 7 p.m. by the Navy Ship BEECROFT patrol crew, according to a statement released on Thursday by H.A. Collins, the Base Information Officer of the Nigerian Navy Ship BEECROFT.

He added that the ship was instructed to stop inside the Lagos anchorage and that the Western Regional Control Centre (WRCC) was notified right away.

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Four stowaways were first taken into custody from the ship’s stern. But evidence from these people indicated that there were more stowaways on board the ship.
The statement stated that “an astounding 7 more stowaways were uncovered within the ship following a comprehensive search, bringing the total to 11 stowaways who were promptly disembarked from the vessel and taken into custody.”

In compliance with established norms, the stowaways have been turned over to the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), according to the official.

The following people have been detained, according to the Navy:

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19-year-old Shedrack David from Ondo State.
Godspeed, 30-year-old Emmanuel from Delta State.
Adamawa State native Ibrahim Hassan, thirty years old.
21-year-old Solomon Francis is from Ondo State.
28-year-old Bolaji Johnson is from Ondo State.
37-year-old Samsom Aimy is from Bayelsa State.
27-year-old Ayefuwei Collins from Delta State.
28-year-old Ayo Gula is from Delta State.
23-year-old Jolomi Daniel is from Ondo State.
Two young people from Zamfara State, Abubakar Ibrahim, 19, and Precious Uwalogho, 30, are from Delta State.

 

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Fuel Lines: NNPC Warns Against Panic Purchasing and Verifies 30-Day Sufficient Supply

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Fuel lines have reportedly appeared in certain areas of Lagos as well as a few other places around the nation, according to the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited.

The NNPC’s retail management stated in a statement on Thursday that the waits are the result of a decreased depot loadout that has been going on for a few days in Apapa, Lagos.

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It further stated that the core reason of the backlog has been resolved.

The statement continued, “We assure all Nigerians that there is ample supply with sufficiency of at least 30 days.”

However, the NNPC cautioned drivers from making rash purchases because distribution will return to normal over the course of the following few days.

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Following President Bola Tinubu’s announcement at his inauguration in May that gasoline subsidies would no longer be provided, gas station lineups became noticeable.

According to Tinubu, the gasoline subsidy payment is no longer justified and that the 2023 budget did not include any funding for it.

Due to the announcement, there was a shortage of petroleum goods, which caused long lines at gas stations all throughout the nation. In Lagos, the price of a litre of gasoline increased from N184 to almost N500.

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Lagos Agrees To Bring Charges Against Nightclub Employees Who Assail LASEPA Officials

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The management of a nightclub in the Lekki neighborhood of Lagos State has promised to face charges for attacking representatives of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA).

Staff members of the club were seen assaulting agency officials who were on assignment in a widely shared video.

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However, Kunle Adeshina, the agency’s director of public affairs, announced hours after the development that the company had been sealed and that individuals responsible would face legal action.

He posted on his X account on Sunday, “The State Environmental Protection Agency has resealed the premises of 10 POT Night Club at 2A Admiralty Way Lekki 1 following the breakage of the seal earlier placed on the premises.”

According to the statement, “this is just as the State Task Force on Environmental Offenses officers took the 11 arrested employees into custody pending arraignment before a competent court of law who also assaulted LASEPA officials.”

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on a similar development, LASEPA announced that as part of its efforts to “combat noise pollution,” it had sealed a hotel on the state’s Victoria Island region.

“The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency has taken action today, Sunday, October 15, 2023, by closing the New View Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos. LASEPA stated, “This measure is a component of the agency’s ongoing efforts to resolve environmental breaches and prevent noise pollution.

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