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Comment by Otedo News Update on March 19, 2014 at 2:48pm

Immigration tragedy: FG cancels recruitment exercise, offers victims’ families automatic employment

Immigration tragedy: FG offers victims’ families automatic employment. President Goodluck Jonathan has directed that three employment slots be reserved for the families of those who died during the stampede that occurred during the recruitment exercise conducted by the Nigerian Immigration Service on Saturday nationwide.

Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Wednesday at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting which was devoted to the incident.

He said one of the three beneficiaries must be a lady.

Jonathan also directed that all those who sustained injuries and are currently hospitalised be given automatic employment in the service.

While ordering that the ill-fated exercise be cancelled, the President set up a committee led by the Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission, to conduct a fresh exercise.

The committee has the Comptroller-General of NIS as well as representatives of the Inspector-General of Police and the heads of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Coprs, Nigerian Prisons Service, State Security Service and the Federal Road Safety Commission as members.
Just now

Comment by Otedo News Update on March 18, 2014 at 9:33am

The Nigeria Govt and the immigration service should be held responsible for the death of inocent citizens who lost their lives yesterday to the ugly jamboree called recruitments. As a matter of fact the NIS comptoller General should resign with immediate effect, same apply to some of the state commandant who said applicants died due to their impatients attitude. You cannot invite 200,000 applicants to 60,000 capacity stadium, we are not watching football match. It is recruitments execercise. Candidate were kept under the sun from 5am till 4:30pm befor the commencement of the exaam, i have never seen were anyone will pay to be killed.If i call the exercise a deliberate attempt to kill people am not wrong, 38,000 people in a stadium of 10,000 capacity, the NIS opened just one gate to the 38,000 applicants to use, military personel were everywhere at the gate busy floging innocent citizens who came for exam. TEAR GARS was busy flying everywere even when they know so well that there is surfocation already and people are finding it difficult to breath.,

My questions are;1. Why did you collect #1,000 from applicants?
2. Why the use of Tear gas in such crowd or environmemt?
3. Why did you invite 10million candidate when u need just 4,000?
4. Why did you allow applicants to stay under the sun for 8hrs befor exam?
5. Why one extrance into the stadium with such crowds?
6. Why did you deprived applicants the right to go out and get something to eat? Even when u know so well that none of this people ate beformcoming there.
7. What will happen to the people who lost their lives?
8. Is it a crime to be a NIGERIAN?
9. What have we done wrong to deserve the so much hatred from our leaders?
Finally, who will be sued/fired/queried/resign or any form of caution?

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Comment by Otedo News Update on February 22, 2014 at 4:57pm

Mrs. Ojukowon left Nigeria in 1980 she left her husband, two sons to come to America for a better life but she never went back; well she did, in a casket and her body flown back home to her frail husband, two sons, and seven grandchildren. When Okafor left home he was only 20, his coming was a bit tricky because he literally crossed the Mexico border to come into America, he is undocumented, lurking, and hoping that one day he’s life would be better. The last time he had extra $5 in his wallet he bought a phone card called home and managed to call his Tobias who went on and on about how he’s wasting away.“Oh boy you dey dull o, you don reach America for two years you dey complain you no fit send me $1,000, we be paddy o.”“How I go get 1k, I no even get $100, no job o.”“You no won look for job now, if na me I go don buy car, build house for America and for Naija.”America is paved with gold, money fall from trees, food fall from the sky, and houses are free. Only if he can make it to America, his life would change.Some of us in the diaspora are very familiar with this sort of thinking; friends or even family members compare and tell us our lives should be a lot better because we are in America. To them America should be the answer to all life’s problems. Unfortunately, it isn’t. The roads are not paved with gold and foods don’t fall from the sky. Although it is a land of great opportunities availed to everyone and hard work does pay off (eventually) but it is not an overnight event. It takes time. Those who have rushed to get rich quick can’t enjoy it, they are locked up in a cell, or worst dead. We all are here for the greener pasture and to enjoy the basic necessities of life that our system refuses to offer and to be sure of a better life for ourselves and our offspring. There are foreigners who start from the bottom and somehow reach the top; while there are others lurking, hiding in fear, some are at the bottom, undocumented, working odd jobs just to afford the basics, and to send money home to their family. Unfortunately, some fight for the basics until their bodies’ crash and give up. I know some of you may ask “why can’t they just come back home?” It isn’t that easy. They are trapped by the seduction of the system, we all are. The seduction of the system keeps most of us here. The peace of mind that no matter what things life wouldn’t be as bad as living in our homeland; the tranquility of everyday, the consistency of the system, the effectiveness of the law (to some degree), and the ability to create the life we want. The system is designed to help us dream, and to expect a better life. So we are not apologetic for leaving, we are saddened by the way things worked out for some of us, and the fact that those we left behind are ahead of us, and have somehow moved on, given hope holding on to the expectation that we would come back home. Some of us are fearful of returning home because we don’t know why to pick up from. Our lives have been rearranged and we are better off clinging to what we have come to know. Who is to say that life would have been better if we just stayed? We have left parents, siblings, spouses, children, and friends in hopes of getting them out of penury, going back home building a mansion, and taking care of our family. While there are so many voices telling us to leave it all and come back home where things would be easy; there are voices calling us to stay. Life in the diaspora is just that, LIFE. You look at the decisions you’ve made, stick with it and keep it moving. I thank God for those who have created a new life, a great life, and also remember those that are still struggling and pray for those that are stuck in the seduction, those lurking, those hiding. May the heavens open for you and may your reasons for coming to America be fulfilled. Have a wonderful weekend."....

Comment by Otedo News Update on September 30, 2013 at 7:07am
Comment by Otedo News Update on July 12, 2013 at 8:08pm
The most risky jouney to europe
The most risky jouney to europe
Comment by Otedo News Update on June 30, 2013 at 10:10am
Appalling conditions of Africans in Italy

This is NOT Africa! This is Europe in the 21st Century! An African migrant worker in a shanty dwelling in Southern Italy.

Workers Living in Appalling Conditions http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/news/article.cfm?id=3966&cat=field-news
Appalling conditions of Africans in Italy This is NOT Africa! This is Europe in the 21st Century! An African migrant worker in a shanty dwelling in Southern Italy. Workers Living in Appalling Conditions <a href=http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/news/article.cfm?id=3966&c..." height="268" width="403"/>
Comment by Otedo News Update on June 25, 2013 at 1:34am

Pan Africans Denmark
Most of our African brothers come to denmark with a good basic plan and that is save money and send it back home to build a house! Understandable, but the devil is in the detail. Who's going to hire you, for how much and how long, and what type of job? Now you got kids, or education which many who are common sense smart get so they later can have a better than average job and the question is whos going to hire you, for how much, and how long, and what type of job?

20, years or more past, same question, your kids are 18 and older and now learning from stronger groups of people whats important, whos values count and dont, whos to model themselves after, and the question is who going to hire them, for how much, and how long, and what type of job?

The economy is flattening out now, and still i ask at what point do negros say damn we need to combine and own something because this one man plan isnt working for 98 percent of our folks?


Comment by Otedo News Update on June 24, 2013 at 10:10am


Africans immigrants are the most educated in the USA even more than the WASP. Yet they have nothing to show Africa for all the cram and paste.
While Indians and Pakistanis did not match Africans they have successfully transferred Silicon Valley of Bangalore and IT development to Pakistan.
it is because most of these African professionals are ungrateful to the peasant farmers that worked to send them abroad. The worst of all is that the
 demean Africa and defame Africa. They are more than curse to Africa.
let us ask the brainwashed dead brains what Africa has benefitted from them.
here forums were created, while Lebanese , Indians And Pakistanis in Diaspora have transferred funds and knowhow to their root, Africans continue
to degrade their people. When one speaks out it is all insult.
Weigh the quantity of insults that have been going on around in the Africa forum and you will see how useless their going abroad has been to the continent.
Africans boast of high level medical doctors in the US while Pakistanis take care of the health back home in Africa.
Urhobo people say "Igho nyegbeyan" Money miss road is the nickname of Africans who went abroad to study.
The worst quality of Africans are found in this forum. What a shame. Majority are just nonentity, nothing to offer except insulting other.
Than God, they are in Diaspora and will remain there while people at home struggle to move on." --

By Otitigbe."

Comment by Otedo News Update on March 30, 2013 at 10:02am
As David Cameron continues to talk tough on immigration, he should not forget to recall the British illegal immigrants in Africa and Australia .He should also be reminded that Britain's illegal looting of Africa's natural resources has to STOP NOW!

YES!! one of the most arrogant blind ironies & crimes of UK/USA..FRANCE: white Europeans were free to illegally immigrate to Australia; Canada; Hawaii; Phillipines; Guam; Samoa; Alaska; Africa; Mexico; New Zealand etc BUT now raise hell if people from there try to immigrate to USA/UK/CANADA..FRANCE. And of course they made Israel as an extension of this philsophy.Julia Simmons
Comment by Otedo News Update on November 12, 2012 at 10:45am

Dear All,

I am not sure if people are aware, but  Senators Chuck Schumer of New York and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina issued a statement on immigration: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/11/11/schumer-says-hes-restarting-immigration-reform-talks-with-graham/

Do we have a position, a role or a plan or are we going to be left behind? I would like to know if there is an organization out there voicing our concerns as a people? I have taken the liberty to create a Facebook Group. Please join and we can discuss these issues there: https://www.facebook.com/groups/503376019680662/

This issue is so critical from multiple viewpoints: 
  1. Politically: if Africans are legal, residents or citizens, our voice will count and we can not only increase the black vote, but hopefully also influence events here and on the continent. You may already know that  Hispanics are heading toward becoming a majority. Where does that put us? 
  2. Economically: Most of our people are working illegally and as a result, not getting what is owed to them. Of the people who are on H1Bs, think about how many thousands you have had to spend on visas? Now, how much better off would you be with a few thousands that you sent to  the Dept of Homeland Security? Think about how many would be economically better off with a sensible immigration reform bill? 
  3. Socially: Aren't just tired of losing friends who have to leave unceremoniously because their visa expired and their company will not renew their papers?  
This immigration issue deeply affects our community. We have a lot of illegal people, who would otherwise be doing much better economically, if they had the papers. 

I sincerely believe that this issue is critical, especially for the development of Africans here and on the continent and we do not want this issue to be just a Latino issue, which it has been in the past.

I hope we can keep our eyes open and more importantly, be a part of the conversation. I know that many of you are on some H1B visa, Green Card or are already citizens, but imagine what our political power would be like if we had a greater number of legal Africans in the US?


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These anti-Edo political organizations you folks went to join are the most anti-African - and Africans - in the world.

They're worse than anything; we obviously can't stop you though, even Ewuare II's manifest destiny lies in our own regional party.

We have egba Omo Oduduwa and so on, NPC, AG, the forerunner of them all NCNC and then now these cancers of today.

Stay "with them", but register for your most important election first: your local election, register Edo Political Front, and if you don't, vote the front.

No self respecting Edo will - in the future - find themselves the flag bearers and cheerleaders of foreign parties with indirect rule political and economic mandates, it just doesn't work.

No sane Edo person lives to "have the ear" of someone who doesn't have Edo at their heart.

The Supreme Court is the place to remove the frustration of these lethargic and "periodic" additions to the voting rolls; here - where I live - you can fill in the forms regarding changing your voter registration at the post office and other easy access places.

At the rate things are going we're going to find ourselves truly in decline as our populations suffer from simple things like protein deficiencies in children

" - Reggie Akpata

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