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UBA INTRODUCES “Time to go shopping”

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Maya looked on admiringly as the shark swam majestically. Then it turned and started swimming towards her. The shark’s eyes locked with her eyes, her heart started beating fast. She felt her limbs go limp.

Everywhere was dark and all she could see was the sharp piercing eyes of the shark as it swam towards her. Suddenly, the shark did not look that majestic anymore as fear seized her muscles. That was when she screamed.

She felt a hand pull her up. Her eyes opened. Her dad was beside her and looked at her strangely, like she had done something wrong. Her mum also walked in from the kitchen looking at her in the same strange way.

She felt somehow embarrassed as she stammered “I thought the shark was coming to get me.”

“No dear. That is not possible. The shark is outside the room in the Lagoon. It cannot get you. Enjoy your sleep.” Her dad said.

They were spending a special priceless night at the underwater signature suite overlooking the Ambassador Lagoon Aquarium at Atlantis, The Palm Hotel and Resort, Dubai with only floor to ceiling transparent windows separating the room from the Lagoon, giving underwater astounding views of the ancient ruins of the mythical lost city of Atlantis and its 65,000 marine inhabitants. It was the perfect room.

She, her dad and mum were on the trip courtesy of UBA and MasterCard after winning in the Priceless Holiday promotion by both institutions. She was having the time of her life.

In the morning, a helicopter arrived to take them on a tour of Dubai and later in the afternoon, they also went on a guided tour of the world’s largest mall.

In the evening, she and her dad and mummy had a luxury dinning at the world famous Nobu Restaurant, and then visited the top of Burj Khalifa, Dubai, the world’s tallest building. She just wished the day will never end.

But she woke up. In her hands, held very tightly, was her UBA MasterCard. She was on her bed and nowhere near Dubai.

Then she remembered that just before slept, she had read about the new reward offer from UBA for customers using MasterCard. She was reading about the fantastic offer of an all expense paid trip to Dubai when she fell asleep. Now she wished she had just continued sleeping.

She looked around the bed. Then she found the newspaper she was reading where she had seen the news. It read;

UBA in partnership with MasterCard has launched a new promotion tagged “Priceless Holiday”

The promotion offers holders of UBA MasterCard who spend N50, 000 and above using their Card on the ATM abroad, or on the Web and POS in local and international outlets, a chance to win up to 750 shopping vouchers to spend on whatever items they choose to.

Also on offer during the promotion, which ends on September 30, 2014, is a reward for one lucky winner of a breathtaking all-expense paid trip to Dubai, which comprises the following; stay at underwater signature suite overlooking the Ambassador Lagoon Aquarium at Atlantis The Palm Hotel and Resort, helicopter tour of Dubai, guided tour of the world’s largest mall, luxury dinning at the world famous Nobu Restaurant, and a visit to the top of Burj Khalifa, Dubai.

The promotion is to encourage and reward customers who use their Mastercard to pay for goods and services during this summer season. UBA MasterCard is accepted in over 210 countries and at millions of terminals across the world.

The reward scheme also encourages the use of the Card for local and domestic web and POS payments.

 

Maya looked at the UBA MasterCard in her hand. This was the time to start using it, she said as she got up and picked up her hand bag. It was time to go shopping.

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Just In: President Tinubu approves N70,000 minimum wage

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President Bola Tinubu has approved N70,000 as the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers with a promise to review the national minimum wage law every three years.

 

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Gov. Zulum Clarifies Son’s Purported Killing Of Chinese National At Indian Nightclub

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The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has denied reports alleging that one of the sons has been arrested and sentenced to prison for the murder of some Indian citizens.

Reports has it that there were unverified rumours, especially on social media platforms, alleging that the first son of the governor, Umar Zulum Umara, killed the Chinese national during a fight at an Indian nightclub.

However, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media, Abdurrahman Ahmed Bundi, dismissed the reports in a statement on Wednesday.

According to him, no son of the governor was arrested or charged with any crime.

The statement read, “attention of the Borno State Governor’s Media Unit has been drawn to rumours circulating that the son of the Borno State Governor has been arrested for the alleged murder of some Indian citizens.

“This misinformation was published in an online blog, Nairaland, titled “Son of Borno State Governor Murders Someone In India—Politics.” The blog claimed that the Governor also travelled to India, attempting to use diplomatic status to resolve the matter.

“It is on record that Governor Babagana Zulum was on a one-month vacation in Saudi Arabia for the 2024 Hajj and later travelled to Egypt to attend the annual ASUWAN forum conference in Cairo.

“The Media Unit would like to clarify and set the record straight that Nairaland and other online blogs have mischievously spread defamatory content without any speck of truth.

“We hereby warned Nairaland and all those who have spread the false information to pull down this misinformation from its website and platforms within the next 24 hours and offer an unreserved apology to Governor Zulum, his son, and the entire family, or risk legal action. The Governor shall also not hesitate to take legal action against any media outlet that continues to publicise this defamatory information on its platform.

“We would like to inform the public that none of Governor’s Zulum’s son was either arrested or charged with any crime, or involved in any unlawful activities anywhere.

“We urge the public to exercise caution when consuming and sharing information, particularly when it comes from unverified sources and blogs instead of credible media outlets.

“We enjoin all media organisations to engage in responsible journalism of truth and factual verification while recognising the potential harm and psychological trauma the spread of false information might have caused to the Governor’s family.”

 

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Over 600,000 Nigerians sought asylum abroad under Buhari – Report

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Over 600,000 Nigerians filed for asylum in other countries between 2016 and 2023, which were years under the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari was President from 2015 to 2023 and handed over to President Bola Tinubu who was sworn in on May 29, 2023, after winning in the general elections the same year.

According to a report released on Wednesday, July 17, 2024, by Statisense, a data collection organisation, of a total of 664,384 in eight years, 355,792 persons sought asylum between 2016 and 2019 while 308,592 sought asylum between 2020 and 2023.

On a year-by-year basis, 66,862 sought asylum in 2016, 91,924 in 2017, 84,624 (2018), 112,382 (2019), 73,233 (2020), 83,105 (2021), 83,402 (2022), and 68,852 in 2023.

The figures indicate a surge from the past years, as Statisense noted that within 12 years – 2004 to 2015 – only 204,791 Nigerians filed for asylum in other countries.

In total, 869,175 Nigerians filed for asylum in the last 20 years, notably from 2004 to 2023.

The report was posted on the organisation’s X.com handle @StatiSense, citing the United Nations Refugee Agency.

In another report shared by the organisation on Wednesday, it was stated that the Republic of Niger topped countries with the most Nigerian refugees in 2023 with about 200,497 Nigerians and a total of 1,268,464 Nigerian refugees between 2015 and 2023.

Niger, a border country, shares proximity with Nigeria’s north, where residents battle a spate of insecurity in the region ranging from banditry, terrorism and herdsmen-farmers crisis.

Another report also revealed that Nigerians topped the list of African countries who sought asylum in Canada in 2023 with about 10,111 asylum seekers followed by Kenya with 1,345.  It stated that 1,345 Nigerians however sought asylum in the United Kingdom and 5,136 in the United States of America.

Source: The Punch

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