King Charles III : Check out 15 Nations Under His Command
Following King Charles III’s coronation as the sovereign leader of the United Kingdom, it’s worth noting that he also serves as the Head of State in several other countries under the control of the Northern European nation.
Following King Charles III’s coronation as the sovereign leader of the United Kingdom, it’s worth noting that he also serves as the Head of State in several other countries under the control of the Northern European nation. On May 6, leaders of Commonwealth nations and other world leaders gathered to witness this historic event, which was the first of its kind in over 70 years since Queen Elizabeth II. King Charles III’s command includes 15 countries:
- United Kingdom: The United Kingdom is home to King Charles III’s throne and comprises England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It is renowned for preserving customs and traditions that have been passed down for centuries.
- Canada: As the second-largest country in the world, Canada is an English-speaking country within the Commonwealth. It boasts a population of 38.25 million and is the birthplace of famous personalities such as Drake, Justin Bieber, Brock Lesnar, Seth Rogen, and Keanu Reeves.
- Australia: Often referred to as a continent, Australia is another Commonwealth nation and is the world’s sixth-largest country by area. It has an estimated population of 25.69 million.
- New Zealand: New Zealand is an island country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean and comprises two main landmasses, the North Island and the South Island, as well as over 700 smaller islands. It is the world’s sixth-largest island country by area, covering 268,021 square kilometres.
- Papua New Guinea: Another island nation under King Charles III’s command is Papua New Guinea, which has an estimated population of 9.949 million.
- Jamaica: Known for its reggae music and the legendary musician Bob Marley, Jamaica is a Caribbean island nation with an estimated population of 2.828 million.
- Bahamas: The Bahamas is another island nation, with an estimated population of around 407,906 people. It is famous for its exotic resorts and beaches.
- Grenada: Dubbed the “Spice Isle,” Grenada is a Caribbean island nation with an estimated population of 124,610 people. Its hilly main island is home to numerous nutmeg plantations.
- Saint Kitts and Nevis: Saint Kitts and Nevis is a dual-island nation in the Caribbean with an estimated population of 47,606. It is known for its cloud-shrouded mountains and beaches.
- Saint Lucia: Saint Lucia is an island nation in the Eastern Caribbean, with an estimated population of 179,651 people. It boasts stunning mountains and tropical landscapes.
- Antigua and Barbuda: Located at the point where the Atlantic and the Caribbean meet, Antigua and Barbuda is another North American island nation, with a population of 93,219.
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Situated in the southern Caribbean, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an island nation with an estimated population of 104,332. Its capital, Kingstown, is filled with yacht-filled harbours, chic private isles, and volcanic landscapes.
- Solomon Islands: The Solomon Islands is a sovereign country in the South Pacific Ocean, northeast of Australia. It consists of a double chain of volcanic islands and coral atolls, covering an area of 28,400 square kilometres, and has a population of around 700,000 people.
- Tuvalu: Tuvalu is a small island nation in the Pacific Ocean, located midway between Australia and Hawaii. The country comprises nine coral atolls, covering a total land area of only 26 square kilometres, with a population of around 11,700 people.
- Belize: Belize is a Central American country that shares borders with Mexico to the to the north, Guatemala to the west and south, and the Caribbean Sea to the east. It has an estimated population of 419,199 and is known for its stunning beaches, wildlife reserves, and ancient Mayan ruins.
It is important to note that while King Charles III is the Head of State in these 15 countries, each of them has its own government and constitution, and their citizens have their own nationality. King Charles III serves as a symbolic figurehead and representative of the Commonwealth nations, with ceremonial duties and responsibilities.
Breaking: FG To Meet NLC Today Over Fuel Subsidy Removal
The Federal Government of Nigeria is set to hold a meeting with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) today at 2 pm to discuss the planned removal of fuel subsidy.
This development was revealed by NLC National President, Joe Ajaero, during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily program.
Ajaero stated that while President Bola Tinubu may have good intentions, the Labour Congress insists that alternatives must be provided. He emphasized the need for the President to understand the implications of fuel subsidy removal on the Nigerian populace and consider the welfare of the people.
Among the alternatives proposed by the NLC are the repair of the country’s four refineries and the provision of transportation alternatives for Nigerian workers, among other measures.
In a separate statement, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) expressed support for the deregulation of the oil sector and the removal of fuel subsidy, believing that it is necessary for Nigeria’s progress.
President Tinubu had announced the end of fuel subsidy in his inaugural speech on Monday, stating that the 2023 budget does not allocate funds for subsidy payments. Instead, the government plans to redirect funds towards infrastructure and other sectors to strengthen the economy.
However, the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) argues that the President cannot unilaterally decide on subsidy removal. They pointed out that the previous administration under Muhammadu Buhari intentionally left the “sensitive issue” for the new government to address.
Since the President’s announcement, fuel queues have reappeared across the country as Nigerians search for fuel, with prices ranging from N300 per liter and above.
Further updates on this matter will be provided.
El-Rufai’s legacy as successor inherits N80bn, $577m debt
Former Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State stated on Monday that he left the state in a better condition than when he assumed office in 2015.
He highlighted the initiation of legacy projects that empowered the citizens during his tenure. El-Rufai also disclosed that he left N5 billion and $2.05 million in the state treasury. However, he acknowledged leaving behind a domestic debt of N80.60 billion and a foreign debt of $577.32 million for the new administration.
El-Rufai expressed optimism that the incoming government would settle all inherited liabilities, complete ongoing projects, and initiate new ones. He mentioned receivables for reimbursements of infrastructure and security spending from the Federal Government, as well as accumulated stamp duties receipts, which would contribute to the state’s finances.
Meanwhile, Senator Uba Sani was sworn in as the new Governor of Kaduna State. In his inaugural speech, he emphasized that his administration would prioritize the well-being of all citizens, regardless of religion, ethnicity, or political affiliation. The governor announced the renaming of the famous “Rabah Road” to “Nasir El-Rufai Road” in honor of the late Sardauna of Sokoto and Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello.
Governor Sani pledged to govern with inclusiveness, fairness, justice, and equity. He emphasized that there would be no settler/indigene dichotomy in Kaduna State, as all residents were considered equal with the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities. He assured the people that his government would serve all citizens and assemble a competent team to effectively manage the affairs of the state.
Panic as petrol price jumps to N350/ltr
The removal of petrol subsidy in Nigeria has caused a significant uproar in the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.
As consumers flocked to petrol stations, operators wasted no time in implementing a sharp increase in pump prices. This sudden price hike has also led to commercial transporters raising their fares nationwide.
During his inaugural speech, President Bola Tinubu made it clear that the era of petroleum subsidy was over. Investigations in Lagos revealed that some marketers responded by doubling the price from N185 to N370 per litre. However, a few major marketers maintained prices between N195 and N220 per litre in Lagos and Abuja.
The situation worsened as some petrol stations decided to close their operations, resulting in long queues at the remaining stations. Depot owners also halted their activities, arguing that they needed further clarification on the implementation of the new policy.
In Abuja, motorists faced long queues at petrol stations as they grappled with the subsidy removal. Meanwhile, commuters found themselves stranded at bus stops, waiting for buses that were either caught up in the frenzy or had raised fares by 50 to 100 percent due to the fear of impending scarcity.
One disgruntled motorist, expressing their frustration, criticized President Tinubu’s decision, stating that it was a punishment for the already economically burdened Nigerians who had endured the previous administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
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