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  •  The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF has charged the Nigerian government to address barriers responsible for the increasing number of out of school children in the country UNICEF Country Representative to Nigeria Mr Peter Hawkins said this when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria Forum a special interview programme in Abuja Hawkins identified poverty proximity to school and inadequate Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH facilities among others as factors hindering retention in school and the completion of education in the country According to him one of the biggest problems is the reduction of the number of schools from basic to post basic level especially for the girls What you find is a village where the schools are full of girls and boys and it is incredible it is fantastic But immediately they have to go to junior secondary education you see a massive drop in enrollment and going to school Because of security concerns distance concerns there s poverty concerns and so on and so forth as one Two is the issue of access to quality education and you see it is in many communities especially rural communities can they afford to let the children go to school Now Nigeria is very good at its free education basic education is free for all But it is the transport to the school and when you get to the schools there s the uniform whether it is the books and all of these unintended consequences that are all costs that are there So we need to find how to reduce those barriers making the school closer to the villages is an obvious way The third is that many rural communities don t have the means to sustain their children The UNICEF official said that parents in rural areas therefore resolved to send their children to the towns with the hope of receiving some sort of learning He also identified the menace of Almajiri pupil of non formal Qur anic school in parts of the country as one of the reasons for the increasing number of out of school children And we know that the phenomenon of the Almajiri in different parts of the country has perpetrated a vast number of children who are out of school who are learning but not the full scope of the learning Spiritual learning is fantastic and we should encourage it but it needs to be complemented by numeracy and literacy to ensure that the child has it in the right environment On the conflicting figures of out of school children by UNICEF and the Federal Ministry of Education Hawkins said that the Multi Indicator Cluster Survey MICS put the out of school number at 10 2 million He said the figure was produced by the National Bureau of Statistics NBS and other relevant agencies hence stood by it According to him all the figures have been produced by the government the MICS is by the NBS of Nigeria The Statistician General agrees and produced those figures we support them in doing it and give them the technical and financial support to be able to do it We also support Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC to produce the figures for out of school children at basic education level So the figure of that is 10 2 million and that is agreed and that is the UBEC figure 8 5 million in secondary education is the agreed figure that the Ministry of Education produced According to Hawkins the most important issue to deal with is not the figures but the impact it would have on the children RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Address barriers to reduce Out-of-School children – UNICEF urges Nigeria
     The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF has charged the Nigerian government to address barriers responsible for the increasing number of out of school children in the country UNICEF Country Representative to Nigeria Mr Peter Hawkins said this when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria Forum a special interview programme in Abuja Hawkins identified poverty proximity to school and inadequate Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH facilities among others as factors hindering retention in school and the completion of education in the country According to him one of the biggest problems is the reduction of the number of schools from basic to post basic level especially for the girls What you find is a village where the schools are full of girls and boys and it is incredible it is fantastic But immediately they have to go to junior secondary education you see a massive drop in enrollment and going to school Because of security concerns distance concerns there s poverty concerns and so on and so forth as one Two is the issue of access to quality education and you see it is in many communities especially rural communities can they afford to let the children go to school Now Nigeria is very good at its free education basic education is free for all But it is the transport to the school and when you get to the schools there s the uniform whether it is the books and all of these unintended consequences that are all costs that are there So we need to find how to reduce those barriers making the school closer to the villages is an obvious way The third is that many rural communities don t have the means to sustain their children The UNICEF official said that parents in rural areas therefore resolved to send their children to the towns with the hope of receiving some sort of learning He also identified the menace of Almajiri pupil of non formal Qur anic school in parts of the country as one of the reasons for the increasing number of out of school children And we know that the phenomenon of the Almajiri in different parts of the country has perpetrated a vast number of children who are out of school who are learning but not the full scope of the learning Spiritual learning is fantastic and we should encourage it but it needs to be complemented by numeracy and literacy to ensure that the child has it in the right environment On the conflicting figures of out of school children by UNICEF and the Federal Ministry of Education Hawkins said that the Multi Indicator Cluster Survey MICS put the out of school number at 10 2 million He said the figure was produced by the National Bureau of Statistics NBS and other relevant agencies hence stood by it According to him all the figures have been produced by the government the MICS is by the NBS of Nigeria The Statistician General agrees and produced those figures we support them in doing it and give them the technical and financial support to be able to do it We also support Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC to produce the figures for out of school children at basic education level So the figure of that is 10 2 million and that is agreed and that is the UBEC figure 8 5 million in secondary education is the agreed figure that the Ministry of Education produced According to Hawkins the most important issue to deal with is not the figures but the impact it would have on the children RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Address barriers to reduce Out-of-School children – UNICEF urges Nigeria
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    Address barriers to reduce Out-of-School children – UNICEF urges Nigeria

    The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has charged the Nigerian government to address barriers responsible for the increasing number of out-of-school children in the country.

    UNICEF Country Representative to Nigeria, Mr Peter Hawkins said this when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria Forum, a special interview programme, in Abuja.

    Hawkins identified poverty, proximity to school, and inadequate Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities, among others, as factors hindering retention in school and the completion of education in the country.

    According to him, one of the biggest problems is the reduction of the number of schools from basic to post basic level, especially for the girls.

    “What you find is a village where the schools are full of girls and boys and it is incredible, it is fantastic.

    “But immediately they have to go to junior secondary education, you see a massive drop in enrollment and going to school.

    “Because of security concerns, distance concerns; there’s poverty concerns and so on and so forth, as one.

    “Two is the issue of access to quality education and you see it is in many communities, especially rural communities, can they afford to let the children go to school?

    “Now, Nigeria is very good at its free education, basic education is free for all.

    “But it is the transport to the school and, when you get to the schools, there’s the uniform; whether it is the books and all of these unintended consequences that are all costs that are there.

    “So, we need to find how to reduce those barriers, making the school closer to the villages is an obvious way.

    “The third is that many rural communities don’t have the means to sustain their children.

    ” The UNICEF official said that parents in rural areas, therefore, resolved to send their children to the towns with the hope of receiving some sort of learning.

    He also identified the menace of Almajiri (pupil of non formal Qur’anic school) in parts of the country as one of the reasons for the increasing number of out-of-school children.

    “And we know that the phenomenon of the Almajiri in different parts of the country has perpetrated a vast number of children who are out-of-school; who are learning but not the full scope of the learning.

    “Spiritual learning is fantastic and we should encourage it, but it needs to be complemented by numeracy and literacy, to ensure that the child has it in the right environment.

    ” On the conflicting figures of out-of-school children by UNICEF and the Federal Ministry of Education, Hawkins said that the Multi-Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) put the out-of-school number at 10.2 million.

    He said the figure was produced by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and other relevant agencies, hence stood by it.

    According to him, all the figures have been produced by the government; the MICS is by the NBS of Nigeria.

    “The Statistician-General agrees and produced those figures; we support them in doing it and give them the technical and financial support to be able to do it.

    “We also support Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to produce the figures for out-of-school children at basic education level.

    “So the figure of that is 10.2 million and that is agreed and that is the UBEC figure; 8.5 million in secondary education is the agreed figure that the Ministry of Education produced.

    ” According to Hawkins, the most important issue to deal with is not the figures but the impact it would have on the children.

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  •  Mrs Christy Kanu founder Paradise Investment Network Cooperative PINCOOP on Sunday advocated equal opporunities for real estate investors irrespective of status or income level Kanu made the call in Lagos during the inauguration of Paradise Investment Network Cooperative PINCOOP a real estate cooperative society Kanu who is also General Managing Director of Paradise International Holdings said PINCOOP would impact lives as it was set to change the narrative in the real estate sector She said the inauguration was borne out of her inability to invest in developed properties at choice areas years back as that was almost impossible to afford for a low income earner It s like a situation whereby the rich gets richer and the poor gets just the crumbs because I had my money and I went into the real estate market and I found out that I couldn t invest in some developed property in prime locations I was just left with properties in the outskirts of the city but i wanted to own a property through which I could generate cash flow through which I could at least get rental returns yearly But it was not possible because the rates were very high I wanted developed property that would give good rental income and capital appreciation It was almost impossible and I thought that wasn t fair The cost was high because of inflation and rising cost of building materials So basically I thought about it and I said no this market does not offer a level playground for the all networks she said The GMD added that she wondered how medium and low income earners would be able to benefit from real estate investment with high prices of properties According to her one needs huge capital to own a property in Nigeria especially in Lagos and some other major cities She said she conceived the idea of the cooperative society and co ownership of properties to enable the ordinary man i benefit from the real estate sector I want a situation whereby both the rich and the poor benefit equally based on their share in a property without a situation where only the rich get richer and the poor gets the crumbs I just want a situation whereby the market is fair and leveled So we re just basically disrupting the real estate market place so that everybody will get their own share of interest regardless of your income She said Mrs Kanu said with a minimum of N50 000 low income earners like the market woman could key into the cooperative to invest and co own property in prime locations We are looking at bringing out different real estate products for co ownership bringing properties that would bring high yoeld to the co owner or co investors as we call them Most property in Nigeria has a 99 years lifeline so you earn rental income for life So what we are fostering is to ensure that everybody will be able to partake in this real estate co ownership platform she said The real estate boss assured investors that it was not an investment scam as assets could be verified including documents backing the existence of PINCOOP Mr Azeez Sadiq and Mrs Olorunkemi Salau both Community Development Officers at Eti Osa Local Government presented present PINCOOP with certificate of registration and recognition at the inauguration Mr Sadiq said the certificate was to recognise the operation of PINCOOP within Eti Osa Local Government and most importantly in Lagos State NewsSourceCredit NAN
    PINCOOP boss seeks equal opportunities for real estate investors 
     Mrs Christy Kanu founder Paradise Investment Network Cooperative PINCOOP on Sunday advocated equal opporunities for real estate investors irrespective of status or income level Kanu made the call in Lagos during the inauguration of Paradise Investment Network Cooperative PINCOOP a real estate cooperative society Kanu who is also General Managing Director of Paradise International Holdings said PINCOOP would impact lives as it was set to change the narrative in the real estate sector She said the inauguration was borne out of her inability to invest in developed properties at choice areas years back as that was almost impossible to afford for a low income earner It s like a situation whereby the rich gets richer and the poor gets just the crumbs because I had my money and I went into the real estate market and I found out that I couldn t invest in some developed property in prime locations I was just left with properties in the outskirts of the city but i wanted to own a property through which I could generate cash flow through which I could at least get rental returns yearly But it was not possible because the rates were very high I wanted developed property that would give good rental income and capital appreciation It was almost impossible and I thought that wasn t fair The cost was high because of inflation and rising cost of building materials So basically I thought about it and I said no this market does not offer a level playground for the all networks she said The GMD added that she wondered how medium and low income earners would be able to benefit from real estate investment with high prices of properties According to her one needs huge capital to own a property in Nigeria especially in Lagos and some other major cities She said she conceived the idea of the cooperative society and co ownership of properties to enable the ordinary man i benefit from the real estate sector I want a situation whereby both the rich and the poor benefit equally based on their share in a property without a situation where only the rich get richer and the poor gets the crumbs I just want a situation whereby the market is fair and leveled So we re just basically disrupting the real estate market place so that everybody will get their own share of interest regardless of your income She said Mrs Kanu said with a minimum of N50 000 low income earners like the market woman could key into the cooperative to invest and co own property in prime locations We are looking at bringing out different real estate products for co ownership bringing properties that would bring high yoeld to the co owner or co investors as we call them Most property in Nigeria has a 99 years lifeline so you earn rental income for life So what we are fostering is to ensure that everybody will be able to partake in this real estate co ownership platform she said The real estate boss assured investors that it was not an investment scam as assets could be verified including documents backing the existence of PINCOOP Mr Azeez Sadiq and Mrs Olorunkemi Salau both Community Development Officers at Eti Osa Local Government presented present PINCOOP with certificate of registration and recognition at the inauguration Mr Sadiq said the certificate was to recognise the operation of PINCOOP within Eti Osa Local Government and most importantly in Lagos State NewsSourceCredit NAN
    PINCOOP boss seeks equal opportunities for real estate investors 
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    PINCOOP boss seeks equal opportunities for real estate investors 

    Mrs Christy Kanu,founder, Paradise Investment Network Cooperative(PINCOOP), on Sunday advocated equal opporunities for real estate investors,irrespective of status or income level.

    Kanu made the call in Lagos during the inauguration of Paradise Investment Network Cooperative (PINCOOP), a real estate cooperative society.

    Kanu, who is also General Managing Director of Paradise International Holdings, said PINCOOP would impact lives as it was set to change the narrative in the real estate sector.

    She said the inauguration was borne out of her inability to invest in developed properties at choice areas, years back, as that was almost impossible to afford for a low income earner.

    "It's like a situation whereby the rich gets richer and the poor gets just the crumbs, because I had my money and I went into the real estate market and I found out that I couldn't invest in some developed property in prime locations.

    "I was just left with properties in the outskirts of the city, but i wanted to own a property through which I could generate cash flow, through which I could at least get rental returns yearly, "But it was not possible because the rates were very high.

    I wanted developed property that would give good rental income and capital appreciation.

    It was almost impossible and I thought that wasn't fair.

    "The cost was high because of inflation and rising cost of building materials.

    So basically, I thought about it and I said no, this market does not offer a level playground for the all networks.

    "

    she said.

    The GMD added that she wondered how medium and low-income earners would be able to benefit from real estate investment with high prices of properties.

    According to her, one needs huge capital to own a property in Nigeria, especially in Lagos and some other major cities.

    She said she conceived the idea of the cooperative society and co-ownership of properties to enable the ordinary man i benefit from the real estate sector.

    "I want a situation whereby both the rich and the poor benefit equally based on their share in a property without a situation where only the rich get richer and the poor gets the crumbs.

    "I just want a situation whereby the market is fair and leveled.

    So we're just basically disrupting the real estate market place so that everybody will get their own share of interest regardless of your income.

    "

    She said.

    Mrs Kanu said with a minimum of N50,000 ,low income earners like the market woman , could key into the cooperative, to invest and co-own property in prime locations.

    "We are looking at bringing out different real estate products for co-ownership, bringing properties that would bring high yoeld to the co-owner or co-investors as we call them.

    "Most property in Nigeria has a 99 years lifeline, so you earn rental income for life.

    So what we are fostering is to ensure that everybody will be able to partake in this real estate co-ownership platform.

    "

    she said.

    The real estate boss assured investors that it was not an investment scam as assets could be verified including documents backing the existence of PINCOOP.

    Mr Azeez Sadiq and Mrs Olorunkemi Salau, both Community Development Officers at Eti Osa Local Government,presented present PINCOOP with certificate of registration and recognition at the inauguration.

    Mr Sadiq said the certificate was to recognise the operation of PINCOOP within Eti-Osa Local Government, and most importantly in Lagos State.


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  •   Young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 are invited to submit their business plans through the official submission portal Twenty winners will each receive 100 000 and receive training mentorship and capacity building coaching The Global Adaptation Center the African Development Bank and the Climate Investment Funds have launched a call for applications for the second edition of the African Youth Adaptation Solutions YouthADAPT Challenge YouthADAPT is an annual competition that invites young entrepreneurs and micro small and medium sized enterprises in Africa to submit innovative solutions and business ideas that have the potential to drive climate change adaptation and resilience across the continent The commercially viable business or product must not be in widespread use Each of the 20 winners will receive 100 000 and receive training mentoring and coaching to support their climate change adaptation innovation in their communities and across Africa The objective of the competition is in line with one of the pillars of the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program AAAP AAAP is a strategic partnership between the Global Adaptation Center and the African Development Bank Its objective is to address the triple impacts of Covid 19 climate change and the economy Applicants must be between 18 and 35 years old Your company must be run by young people and offer solutions that address a real life challenge They must be registered and operating in Africa and be able to show income for at least two years 50 of the finalists will be women owned or women led businesses Apply by visiting the application portal https bit ly 3LpDqgp The deadline for applications is October 4 2022
    African Youth Adaptation competition launches a call for applications
      Young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 are invited to submit their business plans through the official submission portal Twenty winners will each receive 100 000 and receive training mentorship and capacity building coaching The Global Adaptation Center the African Development Bank and the Climate Investment Funds have launched a call for applications for the second edition of the African Youth Adaptation Solutions YouthADAPT Challenge YouthADAPT is an annual competition that invites young entrepreneurs and micro small and medium sized enterprises in Africa to submit innovative solutions and business ideas that have the potential to drive climate change adaptation and resilience across the continent The commercially viable business or product must not be in widespread use Each of the 20 winners will receive 100 000 and receive training mentoring and coaching to support their climate change adaptation innovation in their communities and across Africa The objective of the competition is in line with one of the pillars of the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program AAAP AAAP is a strategic partnership between the Global Adaptation Center and the African Development Bank Its objective is to address the triple impacts of Covid 19 climate change and the economy Applicants must be between 18 and 35 years old Your company must be run by young people and offer solutions that address a real life challenge They must be registered and operating in Africa and be able to show income for at least two years 50 of the finalists will be women owned or women led businesses Apply by visiting the application portal https bit ly 3LpDqgp The deadline for applications is October 4 2022
    African Youth Adaptation competition launches a call for applications
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    African Youth Adaptation competition launches a call for applications

    Young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 are invited to submit their business plans through the official submission portal.

    Twenty winners will each receive $100,000 and receive training, mentorship and capacity building coaching.

    The Global Adaptation Center, the African Development Bank and the Climate Investment Funds have launched a call for applications for the second edition of the African Youth Adaptation Solutions (YouthADAPT) Challenge.

    YouthADAPT is an annual competition that invites young entrepreneurs and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in Africa to submit innovative solutions and business ideas that have the potential to drive climate change adaptation and resilience across the continent.

    The commercially viable business or product must not be in widespread use.

    Each of the 20 winners will receive $100,000 and receive training, mentoring and coaching to support their climate change adaptation innovation in their communities and across Africa.

    The objective of the competition is in line with one of the pillars of the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP).

    AAAP is a strategic partnership between the Global Adaptation Center and the African Development Bank. Its objective is to address the triple impacts of Covid-19, climate change and the economy.

    Applicants must be between 18 and 35 years old.

    Your company must be run by young people and offer solutions that address a real-life challenge.

    They must be registered and operating in Africa, and be able to show income for at least two years.

    50% of the finalists will be women-owned or women-led businesses.

    Apply by visiting the application portal (https://bit.ly/3LpDqgp).

    The deadline for applications is October 4, 2022.

  •  A mobile court in Benin has convicted 19 people for illegal parking dropping passengers in unauthorised places driving on one way and other offences The State Prosecuting Counsel Mr Ayo Aigbokhiade said all the convicts were apprehended within the Benin metropolis and brought for trial Some of them pleaded not guilty to the traffic offence Presiding Chief Magistrate Prince Mutairu Oare ordered the convicts to pay N25 000 fine each within two days He however cautioned and discharged two other offenders who pleaded not liable and were able to prove their cases before the court Oare said the fine was in tune with non custodian sentencing of offenders www nannew ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Benin: Mobile Court convicts19 for illegal parking, other traffic offences
     A mobile court in Benin has convicted 19 people for illegal parking dropping passengers in unauthorised places driving on one way and other offences The State Prosecuting Counsel Mr Ayo Aigbokhiade said all the convicts were apprehended within the Benin metropolis and brought for trial Some of them pleaded not guilty to the traffic offence Presiding Chief Magistrate Prince Mutairu Oare ordered the convicts to pay N25 000 fine each within two days He however cautioned and discharged two other offenders who pleaded not liable and were able to prove their cases before the court Oare said the fine was in tune with non custodian sentencing of offenders www nannew ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Benin: Mobile Court convicts19 for illegal parking, other traffic offences
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    Benin: Mobile Court convicts19 for illegal parking, other traffic offences

    A mobile court in Benin has convicted 19 people for illegal parking, dropping passengers in unauthorised places, driving on one-way and other offences.

    The State Prosecuting Counsel, Mr Ayo Aigbokhiade, said all the convicts were apprehended within the Benin metropolis and brought for trial.

    Some of them pleaded not guilty to the traffic offence.

    Presiding Chief Magistrate, Prince Mutairu Oare, ordered the convicts to  pay N25,000 fine each within two days.

    He, however, cautioned  and discharged two other offenders who pleaded not liable and were able to prove their cases before the court.

    Oare said the fine was in tune with non-custodian sentencing of offenders.  

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  •  Kano State Government says it has earmarked over N1 2 billion for construction of roundabouts and rehabilitation of 42 roads in Kano metropolis This is contained in a statement by Commissioner for Information Malam Muhammad Garba on Sunday in Kano He said the amount would be expended on the construction of roundabouts rehabilitation and maintenance of roads which were in a state of disrepair as a result of the flood occasioned by torrential rains The Commissioner said some of the roundabouts including the ones at A A Rano Filling Station and First Bank among others have been slated for reconstruction A technical committee comprising engineers of the Ministry of Works the State Urban Planning and Development Agency as well as other Ministries Department and Agencies had been constituted to study the situation for an urgent action The committee has already reached out to the contracting firms some of which have been mobilised to undertake the projects he said Muhammad said that eight clusters of roads had been earmarked for the rehabilitation and maintenance aimed at ensuring smooth vehicular movement He listed the ptojects to include Audu Bako Way Sani Marshal Road Mission Road Hotoro Tsamiyar Boka Road Layin Kaura Goje Sheikh Hassan Layin Gidan Biredi Sani Bello Road Kwanar Jaba Kwana Hudu Gayawa Bridge Road The projects also include FCE Kofar Famfo Road Gwarzo Road Sheikh Jafar Road Muhammadu Buhari Road New Hospital Road Sabo Bakin Zuwo Road Lamido Crescent Route to Cancer Treatment Centre Dakata Road DanHassa Eastern Bypass Yan Mota Kofar Mazugal Road and Abagana Street in Fagge area of the metropolis Others were Aminu Kano Way Kofar Ruwa Festing Bompai Road France Road Igbo Road Gwammaja Wapa Road Kurna Babban Layi Madaki Street Yolawa Sabon Titi Mandawari Kwanar Dala Gidan Malam Aminu Junction Lafiya Road Bello Terrace Alu Avenue and Iyaka Road He further reiterated the state government s commitment to develop road infrastructure for the overall wellbeing of the people in the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kano govt. earmarks N1.2bn for 42 road projects
     Kano State Government says it has earmarked over N1 2 billion for construction of roundabouts and rehabilitation of 42 roads in Kano metropolis This is contained in a statement by Commissioner for Information Malam Muhammad Garba on Sunday in Kano He said the amount would be expended on the construction of roundabouts rehabilitation and maintenance of roads which were in a state of disrepair as a result of the flood occasioned by torrential rains The Commissioner said some of the roundabouts including the ones at A A Rano Filling Station and First Bank among others have been slated for reconstruction A technical committee comprising engineers of the Ministry of Works the State Urban Planning and Development Agency as well as other Ministries Department and Agencies had been constituted to study the situation for an urgent action The committee has already reached out to the contracting firms some of which have been mobilised to undertake the projects he said Muhammad said that eight clusters of roads had been earmarked for the rehabilitation and maintenance aimed at ensuring smooth vehicular movement He listed the ptojects to include Audu Bako Way Sani Marshal Road Mission Road Hotoro Tsamiyar Boka Road Layin Kaura Goje Sheikh Hassan Layin Gidan Biredi Sani Bello Road Kwanar Jaba Kwana Hudu Gayawa Bridge Road The projects also include FCE Kofar Famfo Road Gwarzo Road Sheikh Jafar Road Muhammadu Buhari Road New Hospital Road Sabo Bakin Zuwo Road Lamido Crescent Route to Cancer Treatment Centre Dakata Road DanHassa Eastern Bypass Yan Mota Kofar Mazugal Road and Abagana Street in Fagge area of the metropolis Others were Aminu Kano Way Kofar Ruwa Festing Bompai Road France Road Igbo Road Gwammaja Wapa Road Kurna Babban Layi Madaki Street Yolawa Sabon Titi Mandawari Kwanar Dala Gidan Malam Aminu Junction Lafiya Road Bello Terrace Alu Avenue and Iyaka Road He further reiterated the state government s commitment to develop road infrastructure for the overall wellbeing of the people in the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kano govt. earmarks N1.2bn for 42 road projects
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    Kano govt. earmarks N1.2bn for 42 road projects

    Kano State Government says it has earmarked over N1.2 billion for construction of roundabouts and rehabilitation of 42 roads in Kano metropolis.

    This is contained in a statement by Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, on Sunday in Kano.He said the amount would be expended on the construction of roundabouts, rehabilitation and maintenance of roads which were in a state of disrepair as a result of the flood occasioned by torrential rains.

    The Commissioner said some of the roundabouts including the ones at A A Rano Filling Station and First Bank, among others, have been slated for reconstruction.

    “A technical committee comprising engineers of the Ministry of Works, the State Urban Planning and Development Agency as well as other Ministries, Department and Agencies had been constituted to study the situation for an urgent action.

    “The committee has already reached out to the contracting firms some of which have been mobilised to undertake the projects,” he said.

    Muhammad said that eight clusters of roads had been earmarked for the rehabilitation and maintenance aimed at ensuring smooth vehicular movement.

    He listed the ptojects to include Audu Bako Way; Sani Marshal Road, Mission Road, Hotoro-Tsamiyar Boka Road, Layin Kaura Goje, Sheikh Hassan-Layin Gidan Biredi-Sani Bello Road, Kwanar Jaba-Kwana-Hudu-Gayawa-Bridge Road.The projects also include FCE-Kofar Famfo Road, Gwarzo Road, Sheikh Jafar Road, Muhammadu Buhari Road, New Hospital Road, Sabo Bakin-Zuwo Road, Lamido Crescent, Route to Cancer Treatment Centre, Dakata Road, DanHassa-Eastern Bypass, ‘Yan Mota-Kofar Mazugal Road, and Abagana Street in Fagge area of the metropolis.

    Others were Aminu Kano Way – Kofar Ruwa, Festing – Bompai Road, France Road, Igbo Road, Gwammaja – Wapa Road, Kurna Babban Layi, Madaki Street Yolawa, Sabon Titi Mandawari, Kwanar Dala – Gidan Malam Aminu Junction, Lafiya Road, Bello Terrace, Alu Avenue and Iyaka Road.He further reiterated the state government’s commitment to develop road infrastructure for the overall wellbeing of the people in the state.


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  •  The Presidential candidate of the New Nigerian People s Party NNPP Dr Rabiu Kwankwaso has inaugurated the Delta South Senatorial candidate s campaign office in Warri ahead of the 2023 general elections Kwankwaso who arrived in Warri on Saturday to inaugurate the campaign office solicited support for retired Commodore Omatseye Nesiama the party s Delta South Senatorial candidate The NNPP presidential candidate noted that official campaign had not started He said that the large turnout of party faithful to welcome him in Warri attested to the popularity of Commodore Nesiama and the party The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kwankwaso and his entourage were earlier received by Commodore Nesiama and other party faithful at the Osubi Airstrip in Okpe Local Government Area Before the arrival of Kwankwaso scores of party supporters had dumped their engagements for NNPP during a Hope Walk on Saturday The hope walk was organised by Nesiama s Campaign Organisation as part of the activities lined up for the arrival of Kwankwaso and inaugurating the Delta South Senatorial office of Commodore Nesiama The movement began from McDermott Junction in Igbudu community and traversed Deco Junction Okumagba Avenue Estate Okere Market and terminated at the secretariat of the Nesiama s campaign office at Odion Road The party faithful said they were tired of failed promises and that their former parties were not carrying them along in the scheme of things Addressing them Nesiama urged the people to have their Permanent Voters Card PVC noting that the card was the tool for them to elect candidates of their choice in the forthcoming general elections While noting that elections were not a do or die contest Nesiama stressed that the hope of the people had been rekindled with the presence of people like him in the race The movement is to sensitise the people to the need for them to collect their PVC s because without the card you can not vote In other words you have forefeited your rights to decide on who you want I encourage people to replicate the zeal they displayed during the voters registration in the collection of their PVCs They should protect their vote and ensure it counts The people of Delta South have moved out to show that they love the Commodore of hope they love the NNPP coming with new possibilities for them That is the joyful thing I am elated I am overwhelmed and I thank God for that opportunity and for the impetus to do more It s obvious with the turn out of people that nobody was hired Nobody was bought People came out enmasse to support this movement Nesiama said nannewe NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 elections: Kwankwaso visits Warri, inaugurates Delta South campaign office
     The Presidential candidate of the New Nigerian People s Party NNPP Dr Rabiu Kwankwaso has inaugurated the Delta South Senatorial candidate s campaign office in Warri ahead of the 2023 general elections Kwankwaso who arrived in Warri on Saturday to inaugurate the campaign office solicited support for retired Commodore Omatseye Nesiama the party s Delta South Senatorial candidate The NNPP presidential candidate noted that official campaign had not started He said that the large turnout of party faithful to welcome him in Warri attested to the popularity of Commodore Nesiama and the party The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kwankwaso and his entourage were earlier received by Commodore Nesiama and other party faithful at the Osubi Airstrip in Okpe Local Government Area Before the arrival of Kwankwaso scores of party supporters had dumped their engagements for NNPP during a Hope Walk on Saturday The hope walk was organised by Nesiama s Campaign Organisation as part of the activities lined up for the arrival of Kwankwaso and inaugurating the Delta South Senatorial office of Commodore Nesiama The movement began from McDermott Junction in Igbudu community and traversed Deco Junction Okumagba Avenue Estate Okere Market and terminated at the secretariat of the Nesiama s campaign office at Odion Road The party faithful said they were tired of failed promises and that their former parties were not carrying them along in the scheme of things Addressing them Nesiama urged the people to have their Permanent Voters Card PVC noting that the card was the tool for them to elect candidates of their choice in the forthcoming general elections While noting that elections were not a do or die contest Nesiama stressed that the hope of the people had been rekindled with the presence of people like him in the race The movement is to sensitise the people to the need for them to collect their PVC s because without the card you can not vote In other words you have forefeited your rights to decide on who you want I encourage people to replicate the zeal they displayed during the voters registration in the collection of their PVCs They should protect their vote and ensure it counts The people of Delta South have moved out to show that they love the Commodore of hope they love the NNPP coming with new possibilities for them That is the joyful thing I am elated I am overwhelmed and I thank God for that opportunity and for the impetus to do more It s obvious with the turn out of people that nobody was hired Nobody was bought People came out enmasse to support this movement Nesiama said nannewe NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 elections: Kwankwaso visits Warri, inaugurates Delta South campaign office
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    2023 elections: Kwankwaso visits Warri, inaugurates Delta South campaign office

    The Presidential candidate of the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP), Dr Rabiu Kwankwaso, has inaugurated the Delta South Senatorial candidate’s campaign office in Warri ahead of the 2023 general elections.

    Kwankwaso who arrived in Warri on Saturday to inaugurate the campaign office, solicited support for retired Commodore Omatseye Nesiama, the party’s Delta South Senatorial candidate.

    The NNPP presidential candidate noted that official campaign had not started.

    He said that the large turnout of party faithful to welcome him in Warri attested to the popularity of Commodore Nesiama and the party.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kwankwaso and his entourage were earlier received by Commodore Nesiama and other party faithful at the Osubi Airstrip in Okpe Local Government Area.Before the arrival of Kwankwaso,  scores of party supporters had dumped their engagements for NNPP during a “Hope Walk” on Saturday.

    The hope walk was organised by Nesiama’s Campaign Organisation as part of the activities lined up for the arrival of Kwankwaso and inaugurating the Delta South Senatorial office of Commodore Nesiama.

    The movement began from McDermott Junction in Igbudu community and traversed Deco Junction, Okumagba Avenue,  Estate, Okere Market and terminated at the secretariat of the Nesiama’s campaign office at Odion Road.The party faithful said they were tired of failed promises and that their “former parties were not carrying them along in the scheme of things.

    ”Addressing them, Nesiama urged the people to have their Permanent Voters Card (PVC), noting that the card was the tool for them to elect candidates of their choice in the forthcoming general elections.

    While noting that elections were not a do- or- die contest, Nesiama stressed that the hope of the people had been rekindled with the presence of people like him in the race.

    “The movement is to sensitise the people to the need for them to collect their PVC’s because without the card, you can not vote.

    In other words, you have forefeited your rights to decide on who you want.

    “I encourage people to replicate the zeal they displayed during the voters registration in the collection of their PVCs. They should protect their vote and ensure it counts.

    “The people of Delta South have moved out to show that they love the Commodore of hope, they love the NNPP coming with new possibilities for them.

    “That is the joyful thing.

    I am elated.

    I am overwhelmed and I thank God for that opportunity and for the impetus to do more.

    “It’s obvious with the turn out of people that nobody was hired.

    Nobody was bought.

    People came out enmasse to support this movement,” Nesiama said.

    nannewe.


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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Abuja on Sunday to attend the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations UNGA77 in New York United States The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the President s Chief of Staff Prof Ibrahim Gambari the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory FCT and some top government functionaries were at the airport to wish farewell to the president A statement earlier issued by the President s spokesman Mr Femi Adesina on Saturday said the Nigerian leader would address the UNGA on Sept 21 Aside his National Statement the president will also participate in high level meetings and side events including the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum NIEPF Adesina said The forum is convened by Nigeria in partnership with the Business Council for International Understanding Adesina added that the president would also participate in the EFCC NEPAD programme on combating illicit financial flows President Buhari will also hold strategic bilateral meetings with world leaders renowned investors and heads of multinational organisations while in New York he said The theme for the 77th session which opened on Tuesday Sept 13 is A watershed moment Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges Key topics of discussion at the UNGA this year include the war in Ukraine the global energy crisis climate action and ending the COVID 19 pandemic The UNGA will also hold a special summit of transforming education On the entourage of the president are his wife Aisha some governors ministers and top government officials The president is expected back in the country on Monday Sept 26 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Buhari departs for New York Sunday
     President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Abuja on Sunday to attend the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations UNGA77 in New York United States The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the President s Chief of Staff Prof Ibrahim Gambari the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory FCT and some top government functionaries were at the airport to wish farewell to the president A statement earlier issued by the President s spokesman Mr Femi Adesina on Saturday said the Nigerian leader would address the UNGA on Sept 21 Aside his National Statement the president will also participate in high level meetings and side events including the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum NIEPF Adesina said The forum is convened by Nigeria in partnership with the Business Council for International Understanding Adesina added that the president would also participate in the EFCC NEPAD programme on combating illicit financial flows President Buhari will also hold strategic bilateral meetings with world leaders renowned investors and heads of multinational organisations while in New York he said The theme for the 77th session which opened on Tuesday Sept 13 is A watershed moment Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges Key topics of discussion at the UNGA this year include the war in Ukraine the global energy crisis climate action and ending the COVID 19 pandemic The UNGA will also hold a special summit of transforming education On the entourage of the president are his wife Aisha some governors ministers and top government officials The president is expected back in the country on Monday Sept 26 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Buhari departs for New York Sunday
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    UNGA77: Buhari departs for New York Sunday

    President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Abuja on Sunday to attend the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA77) in New York, United States.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the President’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and some top government functionaries were at the airport to wish farewell to the president.

    A statement earlier issued by the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina on Saturday, said the Nigerian leader would address the UNGA on Sept. 21. “Aside his National Statement, the president will also participate in high level meetings and side events including the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum (NIEPF),’’ Adesina said.

    The forum is convened by Nigeria in partnership with the Business Council for International Understanding.

    Adesina added that the president would also participate in the EFCC-NEPAD programme on combating illicit financial flows.

    “President Buhari will also hold strategic bilateral meetings with world leaders, renowned investors and heads of multinational organisations while in New York,’’ he said.

    The theme for the 77th session which opened on Tuesday, Sept. 13 is: “A watershed moment: Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges.

    ” Key topics of discussion at the UNGA this year include the war in Ukraine, the global energy crisis, climate action, and ending the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The UNGA will also hold a special summit of transforming education.

    On the entourage of the president are his wife, Aisha, some governors, ministers and top government officials.

    The president is expected back in the country on Monday, Sept. 26.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   NEWS ANALYSIS Boosting Internal Revenue Generation in FCT Mr Haruna Abdullahi the Acting chairman FCT IRS NEWS ANALYSIS Boosting Internal Revenue Generation in FCT A News Analysis by Cecilia Ijuo News Agency of Nigeria The desire of Mr Haruna Abdullahi the Acting Chairman Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service FCT IRS is to place FCT first on the national Internally Generated Revenue IGR chart Unarguably taxation is one of the most practical and effective ways of generating revenue for national development Understanding the importance of taxation the International Monetary Fund IMF report on tax policy for the developing countries asked Why do we have taxes Until someone comes up with a better idea taxation is the only practical means of raising the revenue to finance government spending on the goods and services that most of us demand This assertion gives a complete cogent reason why taxation is so fundamental to development No wonder the Nigerian government directs states to improve their tax net to strengthen the dwindling oil revenue There is no doubt that the Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service FCT IRS understands this reality following its recent drive to widen its tax net to make FCT first on the Internally Generated Revenue IGR chart The service which commenced operation in 2018 following the enactment of the FCT IRS Act 2015 has progressed from tax revenue generation of about N60 billion in 2018 to more than N100 billion in 2021 In 2021 the FCT came third on the national IGR chart after Lagos and Rivers and it is determined to exceed its 2022 target of N200 billion to about N500 billion The FCT IRS Acting Chairman Haruna Abdullahi recently said that the service was on an aggressive drive to surpass its 2022 target to as much as N500 billion He said the service had embarked on various forms of reform ranging from leveraging technology staff training enlightenment campaigns and direct engagement in the form of town hall meetings among others We are hopeful to achieve far beyond our target of N200 billion to as much as N500 billion because as we speak we have additional people who have come into the tax net significantly Also through the engagement we are having with the media and the public we believe people will begin to see payment of taxes as a duty and when that is achieved N500 billion will be insignificant So we are putting processes in place and we are simplifying them as well as building internal structure for sustainability We are equally engaged in training and re training of our members of staff and hopefully in the next one year there will be no problem of human capacity gap he said Abdullahi said that the huge economic activities that take place in the FCT was an added advantage for the service to generate huge income Speaking on the use of technology as a formidable tool to achieve its mandate Abdullahi said the service had begun to record tremendous success through its adoption As a service we recognise the importance of IT solutions hence the automation of our taxpayer services tax management and administrative processes Our progress has been incremental in our quest to achieve a full blown digital system We have provided a self service portal for taxpayers to generate Taxpayer Identification Numbers TIN validate and verify TIN via USSD mobile applications and the web in addition to filing tax returns This has lessened the burden of going to tax offices and has reduced human error and processing timelines The service has fully integrated and adopted the Joint Tax Board JTB TIN for all her taxpayers to ensure uniformity of standards Furthermore to simplify the revenue remittance process the payment gateway enjoyed by taxpayers is the Remita platform which allows seamless inflow he said On efforts to ensure seamless engagement with taxpayers Abdullahi said People can visit our website or social media platforms for information on tax returns and other tax matters For instance our USSD Code for Taxpayer Identification Number TIN is 7737 22 which can be verified using a registered phone number NIN or BVN Also our website is https gov ng while the number to dial to lodge tax complaints is 0700 220 0002 So with these avenues among others people do not need to come to our offices to get their queries responded to We are also opening up other platforms to engage with younger people Speaking at a recent tax seminar tagged Reviving the Culture of Filing Tax returns Abdullahi said the service was working toward reviving filing of tax returns in the FCT He said filing of tax returns was critical to providing finance for the government to deliver public services that were vital to sustainable development in the FCT On efforts being made by the service to check fraudulent practices with regards to revenue compliance the acting chairman said the unethical conduct of some tax advisors who encourage tax agents to doctor records or refuse to make available documents needed to have a fair assessment of taxes was disturbing He said that the service also observed the worrying trend of engagement of unprofessional consultants by taxpayers to prepare and file returns with seemingly very wealthy individuals being encouraged to file as low as N1million to N2 million as annual incomes The service would like to establish a strong enforcement regime to discourage the practice of tax evasion through such ridiculous tax returns filings As the service strives to map out its enforcement strategies for tax evaders we are not relenting in our efforts in creating an institutional framework for stability to improve collections at this stage of our journey and beyond he said While buttressing Abdullahi s stance on tax compliance Mrs Ngozika Jipreze the Director Legal Services FCT IRS in a paper presentation on tax enforcement said non compliance often undermined government s ability to generate sufficient revenue for socio economic development She said that the service was set up to ensure compliance prosecute and recover all outstanding tax liabilities arising from self assessment tax audit tax investigation and demand notices among others pursuant to Sections 8 22 35 36 37 of the FCT IRS Act 2015 Speaking on the powers of the FCT IRS Jipreze said that Section 8 1 C of the FCT IRS Act empowers the service to assess account and enforce payment of taxes as may be due to the FCT She said that enforcement could be carried out on all taxes and levies collectible by the FCT IRS as provided for in the first schedule of the FCT IRS Act The director said that the service would not fail to work with the Nigeria Police Force and other law enforcement agencies to ensure tax compliance She said that under Section 38 of the Act establishing FCT IRS the service may co opt the assistance and cooperation of the Department of State Services DSS and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC among others to ensure compliance Corroborating FCT IRS acting chairman s remarks at the tax seminar held in Abuja Mr Mark Dike a retired Director in charge of Tax Policy and Legislation in the Federal Inland Revenue Service FIRS decried Nigeria s poor tax to Gross Domestic Product GDP Dike who is also former President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria said that Nigeria s tax to GDP ratio had been in the range of 6 per cent in recent years In comparison the average for about 30 African countries range from 15 1 per cent in 2010 to 16 5 per cent in 2018 World Bank recommends 15 per cent tax to GDP ratio as a key ingredient for economic growth and ultimately poverty reduction he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the FCT IRS was established with the enactment of the FCT IRS Act of 2015 The service took over the administration of Personal Income Tax from the Federal Inland Revenue Service FIRS in January 2018 It is the only State Internal Revenue Service in Nigeria that is established by the National Assembly and it is empowered to administer tax and non tax revenues accruable to the FCT The Service is also responsible for the coordination of collection of all other revenues accruable to the FCT among other things NanFeatures NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEWS ANALYSIS: Boosting Internal Revenue Generation in FCT
      NEWS ANALYSIS Boosting Internal Revenue Generation in FCT Mr Haruna Abdullahi the Acting chairman FCT IRS NEWS ANALYSIS Boosting Internal Revenue Generation in FCT A News Analysis by Cecilia Ijuo News Agency of Nigeria The desire of Mr Haruna Abdullahi the Acting Chairman Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service FCT IRS is to place FCT first on the national Internally Generated Revenue IGR chart Unarguably taxation is one of the most practical and effective ways of generating revenue for national development Understanding the importance of taxation the International Monetary Fund IMF report on tax policy for the developing countries asked Why do we have taxes Until someone comes up with a better idea taxation is the only practical means of raising the revenue to finance government spending on the goods and services that most of us demand This assertion gives a complete cogent reason why taxation is so fundamental to development No wonder the Nigerian government directs states to improve their tax net to strengthen the dwindling oil revenue There is no doubt that the Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service FCT IRS understands this reality following its recent drive to widen its tax net to make FCT first on the Internally Generated Revenue IGR chart The service which commenced operation in 2018 following the enactment of the FCT IRS Act 2015 has progressed from tax revenue generation of about N60 billion in 2018 to more than N100 billion in 2021 In 2021 the FCT came third on the national IGR chart after Lagos and Rivers and it is determined to exceed its 2022 target of N200 billion to about N500 billion The FCT IRS Acting Chairman Haruna Abdullahi recently said that the service was on an aggressive drive to surpass its 2022 target to as much as N500 billion He said the service had embarked on various forms of reform ranging from leveraging technology staff training enlightenment campaigns and direct engagement in the form of town hall meetings among others We are hopeful to achieve far beyond our target of N200 billion to as much as N500 billion because as we speak we have additional people who have come into the tax net significantly Also through the engagement we are having with the media and the public we believe people will begin to see payment of taxes as a duty and when that is achieved N500 billion will be insignificant So we are putting processes in place and we are simplifying them as well as building internal structure for sustainability We are equally engaged in training and re training of our members of staff and hopefully in the next one year there will be no problem of human capacity gap he said Abdullahi said that the huge economic activities that take place in the FCT was an added advantage for the service to generate huge income Speaking on the use of technology as a formidable tool to achieve its mandate Abdullahi said the service had begun to record tremendous success through its adoption As a service we recognise the importance of IT solutions hence the automation of our taxpayer services tax management and administrative processes Our progress has been incremental in our quest to achieve a full blown digital system We have provided a self service portal for taxpayers to generate Taxpayer Identification Numbers TIN validate and verify TIN via USSD mobile applications and the web in addition to filing tax returns This has lessened the burden of going to tax offices and has reduced human error and processing timelines The service has fully integrated and adopted the Joint Tax Board JTB TIN for all her taxpayers to ensure uniformity of standards Furthermore to simplify the revenue remittance process the payment gateway enjoyed by taxpayers is the Remita platform which allows seamless inflow he said On efforts to ensure seamless engagement with taxpayers Abdullahi said People can visit our website or social media platforms for information on tax returns and other tax matters For instance our USSD Code for Taxpayer Identification Number TIN is 7737 22 which can be verified using a registered phone number NIN or BVN Also our website is https gov ng while the number to dial to lodge tax complaints is 0700 220 0002 So with these avenues among others people do not need to come to our offices to get their queries responded to We are also opening up other platforms to engage with younger people Speaking at a recent tax seminar tagged Reviving the Culture of Filing Tax returns Abdullahi said the service was working toward reviving filing of tax returns in the FCT He said filing of tax returns was critical to providing finance for the government to deliver public services that were vital to sustainable development in the FCT On efforts being made by the service to check fraudulent practices with regards to revenue compliance the acting chairman said the unethical conduct of some tax advisors who encourage tax agents to doctor records or refuse to make available documents needed to have a fair assessment of taxes was disturbing He said that the service also observed the worrying trend of engagement of unprofessional consultants by taxpayers to prepare and file returns with seemingly very wealthy individuals being encouraged to file as low as N1million to N2 million as annual incomes The service would like to establish a strong enforcement regime to discourage the practice of tax evasion through such ridiculous tax returns filings As the service strives to map out its enforcement strategies for tax evaders we are not relenting in our efforts in creating an institutional framework for stability to improve collections at this stage of our journey and beyond he said While buttressing Abdullahi s stance on tax compliance Mrs Ngozika Jipreze the Director Legal Services FCT IRS in a paper presentation on tax enforcement said non compliance often undermined government s ability to generate sufficient revenue for socio economic development She said that the service was set up to ensure compliance prosecute and recover all outstanding tax liabilities arising from self assessment tax audit tax investigation and demand notices among others pursuant to Sections 8 22 35 36 37 of the FCT IRS Act 2015 Speaking on the powers of the FCT IRS Jipreze said that Section 8 1 C of the FCT IRS Act empowers the service to assess account and enforce payment of taxes as may be due to the FCT She said that enforcement could be carried out on all taxes and levies collectible by the FCT IRS as provided for in the first schedule of the FCT IRS Act The director said that the service would not fail to work with the Nigeria Police Force and other law enforcement agencies to ensure tax compliance She said that under Section 38 of the Act establishing FCT IRS the service may co opt the assistance and cooperation of the Department of State Services DSS and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC among others to ensure compliance Corroborating FCT IRS acting chairman s remarks at the tax seminar held in Abuja Mr Mark Dike a retired Director in charge of Tax Policy and Legislation in the Federal Inland Revenue Service FIRS decried Nigeria s poor tax to Gross Domestic Product GDP Dike who is also former President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria said that Nigeria s tax to GDP ratio had been in the range of 6 per cent in recent years In comparison the average for about 30 African countries range from 15 1 per cent in 2010 to 16 5 per cent in 2018 World Bank recommends 15 per cent tax to GDP ratio as a key ingredient for economic growth and ultimately poverty reduction he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the FCT IRS was established with the enactment of the FCT IRS Act of 2015 The service took over the administration of Personal Income Tax from the Federal Inland Revenue Service FIRS in January 2018 It is the only State Internal Revenue Service in Nigeria that is established by the National Assembly and it is empowered to administer tax and non tax revenues accruable to the FCT The Service is also responsible for the coordination of collection of all other revenues accruable to the FCT among other things NanFeatures NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEWS ANALYSIS: Boosting Internal Revenue Generation in FCT
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    NEWS ANALYSIS: Boosting Internal Revenue Generation in FCT

    NEWS ANALYSIS: Boosting Internal Revenue Generation in FCT Mr Haruna Abdullahi, the Acting chairman FCT-IRS. 

    NEWS ANALYSIS: Boosting Internal Revenue Generation in FCT   A News Analysis by Cecilia Ijuo, News Agency of Nigeria The desire of Mr Haruna Abdullahi, the Acting Chairman, Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service(FCT-IRS), is to place FCT first on the national Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) chart.

    Unarguably, taxation is one of the most practical and effective ways of generating revenue for national development.

    Understanding the importance of taxation, the International Monetary  Fund (IMF) report on tax policy for  the developing countries asked: “Why do we have taxes?

    “Until someone comes up with a better idea, taxation is the only practical means of raising the revenue to finance government spending on the goods and services that most of us demand.

    ” This assertion gives a complete cogent reason why taxation is so fundamental to development.

    No wonder the Nigerian  government directs states to improve their tax net to strengthen the dwindling oil revenue.

    There is no doubt that the Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service(FCT-IRS) understands this reality following its recent drive to widen its tax net to make FCT first on the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) chart.

    The service, which commenced operation in 2018 following the  enactment of the FCT-IRS Act 2015, has progressed from tax revenue generation of about N60 billion in 2018 to more than  N100 billion in 2021. In 2021, the FCT came third on the national IGR chart  after Lagos and Rivers and it is determined to exceed its 2022 target of N200 billion to about N500 billion.

    The FCT-IRS Acting Chairman Haruna Abdullahi recently said  that the service was on an aggressive drive to surpass its 2022 target to as much as N500 billion.

    He said the service had embarked on various forms of reform ranging from leveraging technology, staff training, enlightenment campaigns and direct engagement in the form of town hall meetings, among others.

    “We are hopeful to achieve far beyond our target of N200 billion to as much as N500 billion because as we speak, we have additional people who have come into the tax net significantly.

    “Also, through the engagement we are having with the media and the public, we believe people will begin to see payment of taxes as a duty and when that is achieved, N500 billion will be insignificant.

    “So, we are putting processes in place and we are simplifying them as well as building internal structure for sustainability.

    “We are equally engaged in training and re-training of our  members of staff and hopefully in the next one year, there will be no problem of human capacity gap,” he said.

    Abdullahi said that the huge economic activities that take place in the FCT was an added advantage for the service to generate huge income.

    Speaking on the use of technology as a formidable tool to achieve its mandate, Abdullahi, said the service had begun to record tremendous success through its adoption.

    “As a service, we recognise the importance of IT solutions hence the automation of our taxpayer services, tax management and administrative processes.

    “Our progress has been incremental in our quest to achieve a full-blown digital system.

    “We have provided a self-service portal for taxpayers to generate Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TIN), validate and verify TIN via USSD, mobile applications, and the web in addition to filing tax returns.

    “This has lessened the burden of going to tax offices and has reduced human error and processing timelines.

    “The service has fully integrated and adopted the Joint Tax Board (JTB) TIN for all her taxpayers to ensure uniformity of standards.

    “Furthermore, to simplify the revenue remittance process, the payment gateway enjoyed by taxpayers is the Remita platform which allows seamless inflow,’’ he said.

    On efforts to ensure seamless engagement with taxpayers, Abdullahi  said, “People can visit our website or social media platforms for information on tax returns and other tax matters.

    “For instance, our USSD Code for Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN).

    is *7737*22# which can be verified using a registered phone number, NIN or BVN.

    “Also our website is https:.

    gov.

    ng  while the number to dial to lodge tax complaints is 0700 220 0002. “So, with these avenues among others, people do not need to come to our offices to get their queries responded to.

    “We are also opening up other platforms to engage with younger people”.

    Speaking at a recent tax seminar tagged: “Reviving the Culture of Filing Tax returns’’, Abdullahi said the service was working toward reviving filing of tax returns in the FCT.

    He said filing of tax returns was critical to providing finance for the government to deliver public services that were vital to sustainable development in the FCT.

    On efforts being made by the service to check fraudulent practices with regards to revenue compliance, the acting chairman said the unethical conduct of some tax advisors who encourage tax agents to doctor records or refuse to make available documents needed to have a fair assessment of taxes was disturbing.

    He said that the service also observed the worrying trend of engagement of unprofessional consultants by taxpayers to prepare and file returns with seemingly very wealthy individuals being encouraged to file as low as N1million to N2 million as annual incomes.

    “The service would like to establish a strong enforcement regime to discourage the practice of tax evasion through such ridiculous tax returns filings.

    “As the service strives to map out its enforcement strategies for tax evaders, we are not relenting in our efforts in creating an institutional framework for stability to improve collections at this stage of our journey and beyond,’’ he said.

    While buttressing Abdullahi’s stance on tax compliance, Mrs Ngozika Jipreze, the Director Legal Services, FCT-IRS, in a paper presentation on  tax enforcement, said non-compliance often undermined government’s ability to generate sufficient revenue for socio-economic development.

    She said that the service was set up to ensure compliance, prosecute and recover all outstanding tax liabilities arising from self-assessment, tax audit, tax investigation and demand notices, among others, pursuant to Sections 8, 22,35, 36, 37 of the FCT-IRS Act, 2015. Speaking on the powers of the FCT-IRS, Jipreze said that Section 8(1)(C) of the FCT-IRS Act empowers the service to “assess account and enforce payment of taxes as may be due to the FCT.

    ” She  said that enforcement could be carried out on all taxes and levies collectible by the FCT-IRS as provided for in the first schedule of the FCT-IRS Act. The director said that the service would not fail to work with the Nigeria Police Force, and other law enforcement agencies to ensure tax compliance.

    She said that under Section 38 of the Act establishing FCT-IRS, “the service may co-opt the assistance and cooperation of the Department of State Services(DSS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC),among others, to ensure compliance.

    ” Corroborating FCT-IRS acting chairman’s  remarks at the tax seminar held in Abuja, Mr Mark Dike, a retired Director in charge of Tax Policy and Legislation in the Federal Inland Revenue Service(FIRS) decried Nigeria’s poor tax to Gross Domestic Product(GDP).

    Dike, who is also former President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, said that Nigeria’s tax-to GDP ratio had been in the range of 6 per cent in recent years.

    “In comparison, the average for about 30 African countries range from 15.1 per cent in 2010 to 16.5 per cent in 2018. “World Bank recommends 15 per cent tax to GDP ratio as a key ingredient for economic growth and ultimately poverty reduction,’’ he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the FCT-IRS was established with the enactment of the FCT-IRS Act of 2015. The service took over the administration of Personal Income Tax from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in January 2018. It is the only “State” Internal Revenue Service in Nigeria that is established by the National Assembly and it is empowered to administer tax and non-tax revenues accruable to the FCT.

    The Service is also responsible for the coordination of collection of all other revenues accruable to the FCT among other things.

    (NanFeatures)
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  •  The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF says its digital platforms intervention has provided education access to 400 communities across the country UNICEF Country Representative to Nigeria Mr Peter Hawkins said this when he appeared on the News Agency of Nigeria Forum a flagship interview programme in Abuja Hawkins said UNICEF in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education had produced Nigeria Learning Passport which is the downloading of the full curriculum of 14 000 documents into an iOS App According to him anyone can access the Nigeria curriculum the teacher can access it and girls can access it wherever they are in the country Secondly we ve worked a lot at expanding the digital platform 400 communities IHS and UNICEF are working hard as 400 communities have been accessed those who didn t have access before And the incredible factor is when you put a tower up and connectivity is possible that connectivity happens almost instantly it means that people have the means to do access it The third is how do you make sure that children are able to access that curriculum access the digital thing We re working very hard with partners IHS Airtel MTN and others to ensure that school to school connectivity becomes a big part of the future of Nigeria So schools will have that connectivity though it is still crawling very much but in the next eight years will expand exponentially We hope to reach by the end of this year the region of 1 600 schools that will have some sort of connectivity in some form or type and then it will start to expand quite considerably Hawkins reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to safe school financing which would bring about continuous learning He said that the prominent issue about the country was the increase in the demand for education He said there was therefore need to look critically into the broken compact for education between the state governments and the communities According to him in spite of the fact that 70 per cent of Nigerian children are not passing through the right learning at literacy and numeracy level they still achieve a lot We put on a major conference in April 2021 on financing of safe schools the government has taken that forward with the Ministry of Finance There was research done during 2021 on the impact it has had or the situation analysis of the insecurity around education and the compact between the government and the communities And what we ve seen is that compact is broken because what is unique I think about Nigeria is that the demand for education is very high or the demand for learning is very high You won t see any child not wanting to go to school every child wants to go to school and you see it in these villages You won t see a parent who doesn t want their child to be educated It is their ability and the means to be able to that is broken it is the compact between state government and the communities and providing for education that is broken There are elements that we ve learned from the conference and many things that have been taken forward which will have a fantastic positive impact for girls more than anything else Hawkins said that the learning passport would enable the Nigerian child to access materials on numeracy literacy and in turn knowledge to move the country forward NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Digital platforms provide education access to 400 communities – UNICEF
     The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF says its digital platforms intervention has provided education access to 400 communities across the country UNICEF Country Representative to Nigeria Mr Peter Hawkins said this when he appeared on the News Agency of Nigeria Forum a flagship interview programme in Abuja Hawkins said UNICEF in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education had produced Nigeria Learning Passport which is the downloading of the full curriculum of 14 000 documents into an iOS App According to him anyone can access the Nigeria curriculum the teacher can access it and girls can access it wherever they are in the country Secondly we ve worked a lot at expanding the digital platform 400 communities IHS and UNICEF are working hard as 400 communities have been accessed those who didn t have access before And the incredible factor is when you put a tower up and connectivity is possible that connectivity happens almost instantly it means that people have the means to do access it The third is how do you make sure that children are able to access that curriculum access the digital thing We re working very hard with partners IHS Airtel MTN and others to ensure that school to school connectivity becomes a big part of the future of Nigeria So schools will have that connectivity though it is still crawling very much but in the next eight years will expand exponentially We hope to reach by the end of this year the region of 1 600 schools that will have some sort of connectivity in some form or type and then it will start to expand quite considerably Hawkins reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to safe school financing which would bring about continuous learning He said that the prominent issue about the country was the increase in the demand for education He said there was therefore need to look critically into the broken compact for education between the state governments and the communities According to him in spite of the fact that 70 per cent of Nigerian children are not passing through the right learning at literacy and numeracy level they still achieve a lot We put on a major conference in April 2021 on financing of safe schools the government has taken that forward with the Ministry of Finance There was research done during 2021 on the impact it has had or the situation analysis of the insecurity around education and the compact between the government and the communities And what we ve seen is that compact is broken because what is unique I think about Nigeria is that the demand for education is very high or the demand for learning is very high You won t see any child not wanting to go to school every child wants to go to school and you see it in these villages You won t see a parent who doesn t want their child to be educated It is their ability and the means to be able to that is broken it is the compact between state government and the communities and providing for education that is broken There are elements that we ve learned from the conference and many things that have been taken forward which will have a fantastic positive impact for girls more than anything else Hawkins said that the learning passport would enable the Nigerian child to access materials on numeracy literacy and in turn knowledge to move the country forward NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Digital platforms provide education access to 400 communities – UNICEF
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    Digital platforms provide education access to 400 communities – UNICEF

    The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says its digital platforms intervention has provided education access to 400 communities across the country.

    UNICEF Country Representative to Nigeria, Mr Peter Hawkins said this when he appeared on the News Agency of Nigeria Forum, a flagship interview programme, in Abuja.

    Hawkins said UNICEF, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education, had produced Nigeria Learning Passport, which is the downloading of the full curriculum of 14,000 documents into an iOS App.According to him, anyone can access the Nigeria curriculum; the teacher can access it and girls can access it wherever they are in the country.

    “Secondly, we’ve worked a lot at expanding the digital platform – 400 communities.

    “IHS and UNICEF are working hard as 400 communities have been accessed, those who didn’t have access before.

    “And the incredible factor is when you put a tower up and connectivity is possible, that connectivity happens almost instantly; it means that people have the means to do (access) it.

    “The third is how do you make sure that children are able to access that curriculum, access the digital thing?

    “We’re working very hard with partners, IHS Airtel, MTN and others, to ensure that school-to-school connectivity becomes a big part of the future of Nigeria.

    “So schools will have that connectivity, though it is still crawling very much but, in the next eight years, will expand exponentially.

    “We hope to reach, by the end of this year, the region of 1,600 schools that will have some sort of connectivity in some form or type and then it will start to expand quite considerably.

    ”Hawkins reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to safe school financing which would bring about continuous learning.

    He said that the prominent issue about the country was the increase in the demand for education.

    He said there was, therefore, need to look critically into the broken compact for education between the state governments and the communities.

    According to him, in spite of the fact that 70 per cent of Nigerian children are not passing through the right learning at literacy and numeracy level, they still achieve a lot.

    “We put on a major conference in April 2021 on financing of safe schools; the government has taken that forward with the Ministry of Finance.

    “There was research done during 2021 on the impact it has had or the situation analysis of the insecurity around education and the compact between the government and the communities.

    “And what we’ve seen is, that compact is broken; because what is unique, I think, about Nigeria is that the demand for education is very high or the demand for learning is very high.

    “You won’t see any child not wanting to go to school; every child wants to go to school and you see it in these villages.

    “You won’t see a parent who doesn’t want their child to be educated.

    “It is their ability and the means to be able to that is broken; it is the compact between state government and the communities and providing for education that is broken.

    “There are elements that we’ve learned from the conference and many things that have been taken forward which will have a fantastic positive impact for girls more than anything else.

    ”Hawkins said that the learning passport would enable the Nigerian child to access materials on numeracy, literacy and, in turn, knowledge to move the country forward.


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  •  Gov Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has pledged to focus on tourism and solid minerals development if re elected into office in 2023 Makinde made the pledge in Iseyin during the 41 days Muslim Fidau Prayers for the late Aseyin of Iseyin Oba Abdulganiyu Salau The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was held at the Iseyin District Grammar School in the ancient town He also promised that his administration would make Iseyin located in the Northern part of the state the solid minerals development capital of Nigeria He stated that his administration s decision to connect Iseyin to all other zones of Oyo State through road infrastructure was connected with its plan to make Iseyin the centre of the state and a solid minerals development hub in the country He said that his policy document known as Oyo Roadmap for Accelerated Development 2023 2027 would capture tourism and solid mineral development as viable tools for achieving the economic expansion agenda of the administration On what his administration had done for the ancient town Makinde said we have completed the 65 kilometres Moniya Iseyin Road while the 76 kilometres Iseyin Fapote Ogbomoso Road had gone beyond 50 per cent The administration is also constructing the Oyo Iseyin Road in the same axis The governor further hinted that the Iseyin General Hospital was among the hospitals captured in the French Government Intervention Programme for the healthcare sector in the state He explained that his government would work out how to derive benefits from the Ikere Gorge Dam and other tourist attractions across the state He declared that the resuscitation of the Ikere Gorge Dam was a top priority project for the administration and that it would receive attention once funds were available Makinde said his government would continue to deliver on its electioneering promises till the last day of his first tenure He added that more developmental projects would come to Iseyin and the entire Oyo State if the people re elected him as their governor in 2023 The governor described the late Aseyin as an individual who loved Iseyin and did his best to attract development to the town He said We need to thank God for a day like this because we are celebrating the life of our departed Kabiyesi I don t think I have come across any individual who loved Iseyin like the departed Aseyin of Iseyin Earlier Mr Hammed Raji who welcomed and appreciated Gov Makinde on behalf of Iseyin Progressive Union lauded the governor for bringing tremendous developments and progress to Iseyinland He promised that the people of the town would show their appreciation to the governor by re electing him in the 2023 general elections NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 : Makinde pledges to focus on tourism, solid minerals if re-elected
     Gov Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has pledged to focus on tourism and solid minerals development if re elected into office in 2023 Makinde made the pledge in Iseyin during the 41 days Muslim Fidau Prayers for the late Aseyin of Iseyin Oba Abdulganiyu Salau The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was held at the Iseyin District Grammar School in the ancient town He also promised that his administration would make Iseyin located in the Northern part of the state the solid minerals development capital of Nigeria He stated that his administration s decision to connect Iseyin to all other zones of Oyo State through road infrastructure was connected with its plan to make Iseyin the centre of the state and a solid minerals development hub in the country He said that his policy document known as Oyo Roadmap for Accelerated Development 2023 2027 would capture tourism and solid mineral development as viable tools for achieving the economic expansion agenda of the administration On what his administration had done for the ancient town Makinde said we have completed the 65 kilometres Moniya Iseyin Road while the 76 kilometres Iseyin Fapote Ogbomoso Road had gone beyond 50 per cent The administration is also constructing the Oyo Iseyin Road in the same axis The governor further hinted that the Iseyin General Hospital was among the hospitals captured in the French Government Intervention Programme for the healthcare sector in the state He explained that his government would work out how to derive benefits from the Ikere Gorge Dam and other tourist attractions across the state He declared that the resuscitation of the Ikere Gorge Dam was a top priority project for the administration and that it would receive attention once funds were available Makinde said his government would continue to deliver on its electioneering promises till the last day of his first tenure He added that more developmental projects would come to Iseyin and the entire Oyo State if the people re elected him as their governor in 2023 The governor described the late Aseyin as an individual who loved Iseyin and did his best to attract development to the town He said We need to thank God for a day like this because we are celebrating the life of our departed Kabiyesi I don t think I have come across any individual who loved Iseyin like the departed Aseyin of Iseyin Earlier Mr Hammed Raji who welcomed and appreciated Gov Makinde on behalf of Iseyin Progressive Union lauded the governor for bringing tremendous developments and progress to Iseyinland He promised that the people of the town would show their appreciation to the governor by re electing him in the 2023 general elections NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 : Makinde pledges to focus on tourism, solid minerals if re-elected
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    2023 : Makinde pledges to focus on tourism, solid minerals if re-elected

    Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has pledged to focus on tourism and solid minerals development if re-elected into office in 2023.Makinde made the pledge in Iseyin during the 41 days Muslim Fidau Prayers for the late Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Abdulganiyu Salau.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was held at the Iseyin District Grammar School, in the ancient town.

    He also promised that his administration would make Iseyin, located in the Northern part of the state, the solid minerals development capital of Nigeria.

    He stated that his administration’s decision to connect Iseyin to all other zones of Oyo State, through road infrastructure, was connected with its plan to make Iseyin the centre of the state and a solid minerals development hub in the country,He said that his policy document, known as Oyo Roadmap for Accelerated Development 2023-2027, would capture tourism and solid mineral development as viable tools for achieving the economic expansion agenda of the administration.

    On what his administration had done for the ancient town, Makinde said “we have completed the 65 kilometres Moniya-Iseyin Road, while the 76 kilometres Iseyin-Fapote-Ogbomoso Road had gone beyond 50 per cent.

    “The administration is also constructing the Oyo-Iseyin Road in the same axis.

    ”The governor further hinted that the Iseyin General Hospital was among the hospitals captured in the French Government Intervention Programme for the healthcare sector in the state.

    He explained that his government would work out how to derive benefits from the Ikere Gorge Dam and other tourist attractions across the state.

    He declared that the resuscitation of the Ikere Gorge Dam was a top priority project for the administration and that it would receive attention once funds were available.

    Makinde said his government would continue to deliver on its electioneering promises till the last day of his first tenure.

    He added that more developmental projects would come to Iseyin and the entire Oyo State if the people re-elected him as their governor in 2023.The governor described the late Aseyin as an individual who loved Iseyin and did his best to attract development to the town.

    He said: “We need to thank God for a day like this, because we are celebrating the life of our departed Kabiyesi.

    “I don’t think I have come across any individual who loved Iseyin like the departed Aseyin of Iseyin”.

    Earlier, Mr Hammed Raji, who welcomed and appreciated Gov. Makinde, on behalf of Iseyin Progressive Union, lauded the governor for bringing tremendous developments and progress to Iseyinland.

    He promised that the people of the town would show their appreciation to the governor by re-electing him in the 2023 general elections.


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