FG shifts implementation of telecoms, beverage taxes to 2023

The Federal Government, through the Budget Office of the Federation, has revealed that it will begin the implementation of its proposed excise duties on telecommunication services and beverages in 2023. This is despite backlashes from the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, (MAN). Discussing the tax, which is under the purview of the Nigeria Customs Service, (NCS), the Government said the NCS would introduce frameworks for recovering duties, taxes, and appropriate fees from transactions conducted over electronic networks. Explaining one of the…

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Kaduna Train Abduction: Why bandits hold captives after FG released 30 imprisoned terrorists — Sources

The Federal Government is upset that many victims of the Abuja-Kaduna-bound train attack in March this year are still being kept by terrorists who kidnapped them, multiple sources have said. The FG’s discomfort stems from the terrorists’ failure to honour the swap deal they allegedly entered into with it over the release of the train attack captives. According to reports, the government’s anger followed the refusal of the abductors to release all the train attack victims after it had freed no fewer than 30 imprisoned terrorists the bandits had requested…

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NESG laments state of Nigerian economy; describes ASUU strike as national embarrassment

The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) has lamented that Nigeria is currently stuck in an economic morass, as most macro-economic indicators are spiralling out of control, inflicting severe hardship on more Nigerians. A communiqué issued yesterday by the NESG Chairman, Asue Ighodalo, on behalf of its Board of Directors, explained that even though the economy continued to recover in the first half of the year, economic growth was dominated by sectors with low contributions to output and weak job-creating capacity, while the oil sector remained in recession for eight consecutive…

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Insecurity: Kadaria Ahmed insists government knows terrorists’ hideouts

…Expresses fear over 2023 elections Nigerian journalist and CEO of Radio Now, Kadaria Ahmed, received what she called a mix-bag of commentaries for accusing the British Broadcasting Corporation, (BBC) Africa Eye of fuelling terrorism in Nigeria through its latest documentary, titled: ‘The Bandit Warlords of Zamfara’. Some Nigerians who lashed at her for turning against the BBC, are angry because her Op-Ed about the documentary was believed to have spurred the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, into announcing sanctions against the BBC and other affected media. In addition,…

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New NBC Broadcasting Code:  Cable TV operator lauds FG for efforts to end monopoly by DSTV, others

A pay television company, Metrodigital Limited, has lauded the Federal Government for ending the monopoly of cable television rights by major pay television companies in Nigeria. The company’s Managing Director, Ifeanyi Nwafor, gave the commendation at a news conference in Port Harcourt, on Friday. Nwafor said the Federal Government’s decision to outlaw the monopoly of television rights would promote competition, reduce the prices of subscriptions and create jobs for thousands of people in the country. “So, we are delighted, considering that in the past the market of broadcasting was foreclosed, as…

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Insecurity: “Fish out perpetrators of Imo killings”, Northern Elders task security agencies

The Northern Elders Forum, (NEF), has expressed outrage over the murder of eight people suspected to be migrants from the North by yet-to-be-identified gunmen in Owerri-West local government area of Imo State.  The Arewa elders, in an issued statement by the NEF’s Director, Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, also called on security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the killings in the State. The NEF said: “We are deeply concerned over rising cases of profiling, targeting and killings of Northerners in many parts of the South. “The recent…

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FG asks Google to delete IPOB materials from its platforms

The Federal Government has said it is collaborating with the global internet company, Google, to curb the excesses of subversive YouTube channels, being used to spread hate speech and misinformation against Nigeria. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, stated this yesterday, during a courtesy call on him by a delegation from the global tech company in Abuja. He expressed delight that both the Federal Government and Google shared the same concern on the responsible use of social media. The Minister stated that Google had become a platform of…

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Nigeria’s Economic Crisis: Govs. advise FG to pay-off civil servants above 50 yrs

Nigerian State Governors have advised the Federal Government to offer federal civil servants who are older than 50 years a one-off retirement package to exit the service, as part of coordinated efforts to instill fiscal discipline and prevent the nation from imminent economic collapse. It was gathered from sources that the governors made the proposal at a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in July. The proposal also urged the FG to begin implementation of the updated Stephen Oronsaye Report, which suggested merger and shutdown of agencies and parastatals with duplicated…

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$418m Paris Club Refund: ‘AGF Malami working against public interest, colluding with consultants’ – Governors allege

The 36 State governors, under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), have raised an alarm over a purported attempt to deduct $418 million from the Federation Account to settle the controversial Paris Club debt to private consultants. The consultants are claiming a percentage of Paris Club refunds as payment for services they said they rendered to the States and local governments.  The governors alleged that a special relationship exists between the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and the private consultants above Nigeria’s…

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ASUU extends strike by four weeks as 3-months initial extension elapses

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has extended the prolonged industrial action it embarked upon over five months ago by another four weeks. Its National President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, disclosed the extension of the on-going strike in public universities in an issued statement after the union’s meeting yesterday. The union said the development was sequel to an emergency meeting of the National Executive Council of the union at the weekend, adding that the decision to further extend the strike was to enable the…

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