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Barely a week after Muhammadu ’s closest ally and nephew, Malam Mamman Daura spoke against zoning of presidency ahead of the 2023 , Kaduna Nasir El-Rufa’i has said the next President should come from the South.

He also denied nursing any presidential ambition, saying he does not want to be President.

El-Rufa’i stated these in an with the Hausa service of the BBC monitored by our correspondent in Kaduna on Saturday.

The Governor noted though the arrangement to zone or rotate presidency among the various regions of is unconstitutional, it is a gentleman political accord that must be respected by the two regions.

According to him: “The southern part of the country is supposed to produce the president come 2023.

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“I don’t support a northerner to vie for the seat after President Muhammadu Buhari, based on Nigeria’s political arrangement.

“After President Muhammadu Buhari would have spent eight years by 2023, the right is that, no northerner should contest, the south two should have its shot for eight years.

“I am taking this position not because I agree that that is how leadership should be selected, but because that is how Nigeria is for now.

“I believe there is no developed country across the world that considers leadership based on where someone comes from.

“However, in Nigerian politics, there is an arrangement that we all believe on rotational leadership. We are aware of that, anyone who denies that is wrong,” he said.

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Speaking on Kaduna, El-Rufa’i said while he is in support of zoning and rotational presidency, he is not in support of such arrangement in Kaduna.

According to him: “In Kaduna, I don’t with people because they came from a particular zone. I instead with you based on your capacity to deliver on the assigned task and your ability to keep public trust.”

On his rumoured presidential aspiration for the presidency, he said it has been there since the time he was the FCT Minister.

“It is a baseless speculation. I don’t want to be president; only God decides someone’s future whether you like it or not, I have never shown interest for the presidency,” El-Rufa’i said.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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US to restrict students from Nigeria, others to two-year courses

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The United States is set to restrict students from and others from admission of more than two years.

This is according to the new guidelines from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The new measures were published in the U.S. federal register. The start date of the policy is expected

DHS proposed a “maximum admission period of up to 2 years for certain students”.

“If an immigration officer finds that an alien violated his or her status prior to or during the course of an EOS adjudication and denies the EOS request, the alien generally would begin accruing unlawful presence the day after issuance of the denial”, it said.

The policy would affect natives or citizens of countries on the State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST) List, citizens of countries with more than 10% overstay rate, students of unaccredited school and those of schools that does not use E-Verify.

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Nigeria had Total Overstay Rate of 13.43%, and Suspected in-Country Overstay Rate of 11.12%.

For SST, they are countries America determine have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.

Categories of sanctions include restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance, a ban on defense exports and sales, certain controls over exports of dual use items, and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions.

The DHS 2019 Entry/Exit Overstay Report provided data on expected departures and overstays for foreign travelers who entered as nonimmigrants through air or sea port of entry (POEs) and who were expected to depart between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019.

An overstay is described as a nonimmigrant lawfully admitted to the United States for an authorized period, but remained in the United States beyond his or her authorized period of admission.

Nigeria’s 2019 overstay rates for nonimmigrants admitted (on B1, B2 visas) for business or pleasure via air and sea.

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Expected Departures – 177,835, Out-of-Country Overstays – 764, Suspected in-Country Overstays – 16,802, Total Overstays – 17,566, Total Overstay Rate – 9.88%, Suspected in-Country Overstay Rate – 9.45%.

Overstay rates for non-immigrant students and exchange visitors (on F, M, J visas) admitted via air and sea.

Expected Departures – 9,336, Out-of-Country Overstays – 216, Suspected in-Country Overstays – 1,038, Total Overstays – 1,254, Total Overstay Rate – 13.43%, Suspected in-Country Overstay Rate – 11.12%.

Overstay rates for other in-scope nonimmigrant classes of admission admitted via air and sea;

Expected Departures – 3,870, Out-of-Country Overstays – 29, Suspected in-Country Overstays – 500, Total Overstays – 529, Total Overstay Rate – 13.67%, Suspected in-Country Overstay Rate – 12.92%.

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Lagos Govt Urges Landlords To Consider Collecting Monthly Rents From Tenants

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The Lagos State government has called on stakeholders in real estate sector to out modalities for residents to pay house rents on monthly basis instead of yearly, the News Agency of (NAN) reported on Thursday.

Lagos State , Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made the call on Thursday in Lekki during the Policy Roundtable Dialogue with key stakeholders in the Real Estate Sector.

“Landlords should see how they can reduce yearly rent to monthly. The housing deficit in Lagos is huge and unacceptable, but government cannot do it alone,” he said.

The roundtable, with the theme ”International Best Practices On Real Estate Regulations,” was organised by the Lagos State Real Estate Regulatory Authority (LASRERA).

Sanwo-Olu said that a situation whereby residents faced pressure once their rents were due was not palatable, hence, should be looked into.

He called for synergy between the state government and stakeholders in the real estate sector to address issue of housing deficit and reduce rents in the state.

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The governor said that this would help to make life easier for Lagos residents.

According to him, partnership and good relationship between the state government and stakeholders will lead to people living in conducive environment.

Sanwo-Olu said that the housing deficit in Lagos State was huge and urged private practitioners to play by the rules.

”The real estate can contribute 20 to 25 per cent to the GDP. We need to have clear data where landlords would no longer be demanding one year rent ahead.

“Landlords should see how they can reduce yearly rent to monthly. The housing deficit in Lagos is huge and unacceptable, but government cannot do it alone,” he said.

The governor said that it was clear that there was no proper data concerning the real estate operators in the state.

He said that this necessitated the LASRERA Registration Portal being set up.

”This platform will also ensure that we curb bad behaviours either on the landlord side or the tenant side.

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”We have deficit, and even the small one we have are not properly done. People are losing money, people are not being sincere,” he said.

Mrs Toke Benson–Awoyinka, the Special Adviser to the State Governor on Housing, said that the LASRERA Registration Portal contained the databank of registered practitioners in the real estate sector.

Benson–Awoyinka said that the agency’s regulatory role was to make it easy for potential customers wanting to either buy or sell property to do so from Licensed Real Estate Practitioners/ Property Developers without any fear.

She said that the agency had made this possible through the LASRERA’s Portal, where the databank of registered practitioners in the Real Estate Sector is situated.

Also, the Lagos State Commissioner of Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), said that various laws put in place concerning the real estate sector were to regulate and protect the citizens from abuse and fraudsters in the sector.

Onigbanjo who is also the Attorney-General of the state, assured the stakeholders that the present administration would leave the real estate sector better than it met it.

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