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“Ghana Ha Been Persecuting Us Since 2007”, Nigerians Tell Gbajabiamila

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Gbajabiamila Meets Ghanaian Parliament Leader "Ghana Ha Been Persecuting Us Since 2007", Nigerians Tell Gbajabiamila

THE leader of Nigerian traders in Ghana, Chief Chukwuemeka Nnaji, on Wednesday told the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, how Nigerian traders had been subjected to hardship by the Ghanaian authorities since 2007.
He added that Nigerian traders had their businesses registered with appropriate agencies while they pay their taxes as and when due, yet they were still subjected to harsh treatment by the Ghanaian authorities.
Nnaji said many Nigerian traders could not afford the latest $1m trade registration fee, adding that those who could not pay the sum still had their shops under lock and key.
Nnaji was quoted to have said this in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, titled, ‘Gbajabiamila hopeful of mutually acceptable resolutions to Ghanaian diplomatic face-off… as Nigerian traders narrate ordeals to Gbajabiamila.’
The Speaker, who led a delegation of members of the House on a “legislative diplomatic mission,” said the two-day visit to Ghana was meant to explore legislative diplomacy towards resolving the issues affecting both countries.
The Nigerian delegation was received by the Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye, as they arrived in Accra, the capital of Ghana.
The Ghanaian Speaker, while receiving his Nigerian counterpart, expressed confidence that an amicable resolution would be reached on the issues.
Responding, Gbajabiamila said he was hopeful that Nigeria and Ghana would arrive at mutually acceptable resolutions on the trade dispute.
He said, “Brothers will always have squabbles , healthy ones. National interests on both sides will always come to play. But it is not the misunderstanding that matters; it is how you resolve it that matters.”

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UK unemployment rate rises to 4.5%

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Britain ’s unemployment rate has jumped to 4 .5 percent as the coronavirus pandemic continues to destroy jobs , official data showed on Tuesday .
The reading for the June- August period compared with an unemployment rate of 4 .1 percent for May to July , the Office for National Statistic said in a statement .
Early estimates for September meanwhile “ suggest that there is little change in the number of payroll employees in the UK ; up 20 ,000 compared with August ” , the ONS said.
Since the start of the UK pandemic in March, the number of payroll employees has dived by a net 673, 000 , the data showed .
“ The latest batch of data show that the labour market has been somewhat weaker than previously thought and that the fallout from the Covid-19 recession is intensifying ,” noted Paul Dales, chief UK economist at Capital Economics research group .
“ What’ s more , the prospect of the latest Covid- 19 restrictions leading to the economic recovery stalling , if not going into reverse, means worse lies ahead .”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday tightened virus control measures as the UK experiences a surge in cases .
The northwest English city of Liverpool was the first area to be designated at “ very high risk ” under a new three -tiered system .
From Wednesday , Liverpool will see inter -household mixing banned indoors and in private gardens — while pubs , bars , gyms , betting shops and casinos will close .
This has dealt a further huge blow to the hospitality sector and comes as the UK government ’s virus furlough scheme paying the bulk of wages for millions of workers is replaced from November by a watered -down scheme .
Kate Nicholls , chief executive of UKHospitality , last week warned that more than 560 ,000 jobs would be lost to the sector this year as the pandemic kills trade in bars , hotels, nightclubs , pubs and restaurants .
Britain ’ s death toll from the virus is the highest in Europe at almost 43 ,000 .
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US election: Second presidential debate cancelled

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The second presidential debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden has been cancelled .
The Commission on Presidential Debates announced the cancellation in a statement on Friday .
It said that the decision followed announcements of “ alternate plans” for the Oct. 15 date by both candidates ’ campaign organisations .
This came a day after CDP said it had decided to hold the debate virtually “ for the health and safety of all involved ” following Trump ’s diagnosis of COVID -19 .
The president had reacted immediately , telling Fox News that he would not waste his time with a virtual debate.
His campaign organisation later said he would participate if the date was shifted by a week , a proposal opposed by Biden ’ s campaign .
Reports quoted sources as saying Trump has scheduled his own town hall event for the night of Oct. 15 .
Biden , on his part , reportedly agreed to participate in an ABC News town hall in Philadelphia on the same date.
CDP said : “ It is now apparent there will be no debate on Oct. 15 , and the CPD will turn its attention to preparations for the final presidential debate scheduled for Oct. 22 .
“ Subject to health security considerations, and in accordance with all required testing, masking, social distancing and other protocols , the debate will take place at Belmont University in Nashville , Tennessee .
“ As announced on June 23 , the debate will be divided into six 15 – minute segments .
“ The topics for the six segments will be selected and announced by the moderator at least one week before the debate.
“ Kristen Welker of NBC News will serve as moderator for the debate. Both candidates have agreed to participate in the Oct . 22 debate.”

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When ISIS Attacks Vatican , ” You Would Wish I Was Elected President ” – Trump

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When ISIS attacks Vatican, ‘you would wish I was elected President’ – Trump blasts Pope Francis[/b]
US President, Donald Trump has replied Pope Francis, who earlier criticized him and described him as non-Christian.
Trump responded to the criticism at a campaign rally in Kiawah Island, S.C., warning the pontiff about the Islamic State, who he said “their primary goal is to get to the Vatican.”
“If and when the Vatican is attacked,” he said, “the pope would only wish and have prayed that Donald Trump would have been elected President.”
The President had earlier in his speech, said, “I like the pope.”
Before the Catholic pontiff arrived at the Mexican border, President Trump had frowned on the visit, describing Francis as a politician and accused him of acting at the behest of the Mexican government.
Trump, a Presbyterian, has been trying to make inroads among evangelical voters as he seeks reelection come November.
“I think that the pope is a very political person,” he said.
When asked about Trump’s comments, Francis laughed, saying, “Thank God he said I was a politician because Aristotle defined the human person as ‘animal politicus’.
“So at least I am a human person. As to whether I am a pawn, well, maybe, I don’t know. I’ll leave that up to your judgment and that of the people.”

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