The Chief Whip, House of Representatives, Rep. Tahir Monguno, says political parties must focus on issues-base campaigns critical in delivering dividends of democracy to Nigerians.
Monguno said this on Thursday when he inspected the Abuja office complex of HUM Support Group for presidential race.
The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) has scheduled Sept. 28 for the commencement of campaigns ahead of the 2023 general elections.
According to Monguno, all the political parties should focus on issue-base campaigns rather than mudslinging“Our campaigns should be based on the economy, security and how to improve the lives of Nigerians.
“How do we bring succour to the lives of Nigerians, especially against the backdrop of the Russia-Ukraine war and the COVID-19 pandemic that has brought about rise in the cost of living?
“How do we give succour to lives of Nigerians and improve security?
“I think campaigns should be centred on these issues.
“It should be issues base rather than being on personality or whether it is Muslim-Muslim ticket or Christian-Muslim ticket,’’ Monguno said.
He, however, said that chances of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winning the presidential election were high.
According to him, we will continue to maintain our winning streaks in the 2023 elections and this is purely as a result of the pedigree and the track records of our presidential candidate and the running mate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima.
“They have track records of performance as governors of their respective states.
“We are all living witnesses to how Tinubu transformed the economy of Lagos, making it the second largest economy not only in Nigeria but in Africa.
“And we have seen how Kashim Shettima has performed in Borno in spite of the daunting security challenges that he witnessed during his tenure.
“He was able to successfully navigate this daunting security challenge and deliver dividends of democracy to the door steps of the people.
“So, having regard to their track records and the facts that they are detribalised Nigerians that will carry everybody irrespective of religion or geo-political considerations, I think victory is certain by God’s grace,’’ the lawmaker said.
The Chairperson, HUM Support Group, Hajiya Hadizatu Mustapha, said that the group’s commitment to mobilise support from across the country for ticket was due to their notable performances while they served as governors in their states.
“We have coordinators from the six geo-political zones of the country, we have our structures from the national to state and local government areas of the country.
“We have been encouraging them to ensure they mobilise, especially youths and women to support the candidature of Tinubu and Shettima,’’ she said.
Hajia Zainab Ibrahim, National Deputy Woman Leader, All Progressives Congress (APC), has called on the electorate to endeavour to collect their Permanent Voter Card (PVCs).
Ibrahim said this when Hadizatu Mustapha, Chairperson, HUM National Support Group for , visited her on Wednesday in Abuja.
Ibrahim said that arming the electorate with their PVCs was critical in enabling them vote wisely in the 2023 general elections.
While describing the choice of Ahmed Tinubu and Kashim Shettima in the 2023 presidential election as desirable, Ibrahim said that it would promote women inclusion.
She further described the group as worthy to reckon with and urged them to work for the success of the party in 2023. “It is said that in the animal kingdom all animals are equal but some are more equal than the others.
So, I want to call you the lion of the support groups.
“The calibre of people I have seen in this support group is by every means asset to the APC.
“The time has come for us to put on our serious shoes to work for our party,’’ she said.
Ibrahim said that APC produced sellable candidates for the forthcoming election.
“Our party has produced sellable candidates and despite all odds and challenges we have something to sell and tell about our presidential candidate, and this by no means is what we call divinity.
“God in his infinite mercy has produced for APC Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Kashim Shettima; both have their antecedents.
“Tinubu turned Lagos into a capital hub of Africa and he was the first governor to pick a female as a deputy governor.
“This tells us that he is a very gender sensitive person and we expect nothing less than that when he becomes president,’’ she said.
While emphasising that Tinubu would promote women inclusion, Ibrahim said that Shettima worked assiduously to end insurgency in Borno.
“I therefore urge this group to embark on house to house campaign to sensitise the people to understand the need to collect their PVCs. “The collection is not as good as the registration, therefore, what is enormous ahead of us is to ensure the electoral body has no PVC remaining in its office,’’ she said.
Earlier, Mustapha said that the visit was to formally introduce the organisation to the party.
Mustapha added that the HUM National Support Group for was committed to galvanising resources and support, for massive votes for APC’s victory in 2023. According to her, the group has secured a contact office in the Central Business District close to the campaign headquarters of APC for N10 million, excluding tasteful furnishing to match and befit the tech status of the presidential team.
“We are at an advanced stage of the partition work to demarcate the office to accommodate our officials.
“It is within this scenario that we seek to notify you and seek your support and collaboration before the campaign commences next month.
“Your endorsement will provide us with the leverage with which to advance the political interests and space for the candidates of the great party.
“Our network of members cuts across the length and breadth of the country, taking into consideration the diversity of the citizenry,’’ Mustapha said.
She pledged that the group would work assiduously to entrench APC at all levels.
A statement issued by the Executive Secretary of KADIRS, Dr Zaid Abubakar, on Friday listed the new incentives to include “extension of deadline for filing tax returns, waiver of penalties and interest for late filing of returns, and tax rebate.
“The Kaduna State Government is granting the incentives in accordance with Sections 95 (1) and 127 of the Kaduna State Tax (Codification and Consolidation) Law, 2016,’’ he said.
Abubakar added that Kaduna tax payers would be given “grace periods for payment of consumption tax by the entertainment and hospitality sector, PAYE by private schools and for persons subject to presumptive tax.’’
According to the Executive Secretary, “the deadline for the filling of Annual Tax Returns has been further extended to Sept. 30, 2020.
“Penalties and interests that hitherto would accrue for late filling of returns have been waived for the period of the extension (April 1, to July 31, 2020).
“Filling of Annual Tax Returns within the extended period shall be deemed to be within the statutory timeline and shall attract 1 per cent rebate on tax due,’’ he added.
Abubakar further said that KADIRS had opened a window within the period of extension for amicable or out of court settlement of all pending cases in courts or tribunals.
He said taxpayers subject to Presumptive Tax shall enjoy a four-month grace period to recover from the shock of the lockdown from June 1, to Sept. 30, 2020.
“The Entertainment and Hospitality Sector shall enjoy a grace period on payment of Consumption Tax for the period of April 1, to Sept. 30, 2020.
“Private schools shall enjoy a grace period on payment of PAYE for the period of April 1, to Sept. 30, 2020,’’ he said.
Abubakar said that defaulting taxpayers that had hitherto failed to subject themselves to tax, either by failing to declare, under-declared, failed to file returns or failed to pay their taxes shall be granted amnesty from prosecution.
According to him, such persons may be allowed a waiver on accrued penalties and interests, if they voluntarily declare their Assets/Incomes and pay between June 30, and Dec. 31, 2020.’’
Also, “tricycle, bus and taxi operators shall enjoy a grace period on payment of daily revenue for the period of April 1, to Sept. 30, 2020.
“In line with social distancing measures, taxpayers can utilise our on-line tax audit/investigation and reconciliation meetings.
“Taxpayers are also enjoined to take advantage of our various e-tax platforms (www.kadirs.kdsg.gov.ng), to file tax returns, process their vehicle particulars, as well as purchase number plates,’’ he added.
Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
Kaduna State Peace Commission, Ms Priscilla Ankut, has called on the people of Kajuru Local Government Area to take ownership of the peace process midwifed by the commission in the area.
Ankut made the call at a joint meeting of the Commission and the Kajuru Truth, Peace and Reconciliation Committee, on Tuesday in Kufana.
She expressed delight at the willingness of all sides in the dialogue to live together in peace, urging them to do more in unison to confront the challenges of insecurity affecting them.
She said that achieving peace was possible among all the ethno religious groups if they could come together and deliberately work for peace in order to thwart the machinations of those whose actions threatened the peace of the area.
In his remark, the Chairman of the council, Mr Cafra Caino, pledged the cooperation of the local government to support all efforts geared toward restoring peace in the area.
He solicited for the support of all and sundry to return Kajuru to the path of enduring peace.
He further briefed the meeting on efforts so far made by the council to match the efforts of the Peace Commission and other partners, promising to do more for the sake of peace, which he said, engenders development.
Earlier, a Permanent Commissioner with the Peace Commission, Hajiya Khadija Gambo, narrated the technical support the Commission regularly provided to the committee to enable it achieve its objectives.
She pledged that the capacity of the local committee members would be improved to meet the current challenges facing them.
The chairman of the Truth, Peace and Reconciliation Committee, Mr Patrick Maigari thanked the Commission for its support and reiterated the zeal of the members to work day and night to ensure normalcy and tranquility in Kajuru./
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Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) Federal Operation Unit (FOU) Zone ‘B’ said it seized various goods with Duty Paid Value (DPV) worth N1 billion in the first quarter (Q1) of 2020.
The Comptroller of the FOU Zone ‘B’, Mr Mustafa Sarkin-Kebbi, said this on Wednesday in Kaduna, while briefing newsmen on the zone’s activities for the period under review.
He said the zone arrested seven smuggling suspects within the period in connection with the various seizures that summed up to 307.
Giving a breakdown of the total seizures in the first quarter he said a total of 4,045 bags of parboiled rice, 1,416 kegs of Vegetable oil, 1,915 cartons of Spaghetti and 920 bales of Textile materials were seized.
Others includeed 96 units of vehicles, 322 bales of second hand clothing, 17 units of motorcycle, 240 parcels of marijuana and other sundry goods.
“Seven suspects were arrested in connection with the 307 seizures with Duty paid Value of N788,683,150.00 within the first quarter,” he said.
He disclosed that some of the seizures were made during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, adding that the arrested suspects would be prosecuted on completion of ongoing investigation.
Sarkin-Kebbi further disclosed that the suspects tried to beat the water tight security at the border check points by concealing the foreign parboiled bags of rice in trucks carrying bags of maize, beans, water melons and tiger nuts among others.
The seizures, he said, were made at border towns of Kebbi, Katsina, Kano as well as the hinterlands of Zamfara State.
He appealed to the public to report any suspicious movement of trucks and saboteurs whose smuggling activities were inimical to the nation’s economy.
The Comptroller similarly disclosed that some suspects were arrested and granted administrative bail in connection with some of the seizures, while investigation was continuing.
According to him, smuggling of goods such as parbioled foreign rice has reduced drastically but notes that his personnel from the intelligent units are also not relenting in taming smugglers’ activities.
Sarkin-Kebbi gave the assurance that the FOU of the zone would not relent in ensuring that activities of smugglers within the zone were brought to a stand still.
He, however, called for collaboration of the public to voluteer useful information that would assist the unit in the discharge of its duties.
Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
A Muslim woman, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani on Wednesday donated Christmas tree to the chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna state as part of effort to promote peaceful co-existence.
The gesture was also aimed at promoting religious tolerance, love and better understanding among different faith base organizations in the state.
Tijjani while presenting the item said, “I came to the house of the CAN chairman to decorate the house in order to beautify the home with Christmas Tree, Light, wreaths, stocking, garment and ornament”.
She said the kaduna state CAN chairman is a man of peace,trust and integrity adding this is the way to show him my appreciation toward what he is doing in peace building in the entire Northern Nigeria.
She said, “Christmas provides an opportunity for Muslims to demonstrate to their Christian neighbours that Islam is a religion of peace, love and unity.
She said she wanted to use the season in spreading the message of love, peace, unity and togetherness between Muslims and Christians in the state.
“So, we are all brothers and sisters; therefore, we must support each other to live in peace and harmony,” she said.
Tijjani, who is a specialist, peace and conflict prevention in Nigeria, said every year she usually buys Christmas trees and donate to her friends and their family in Nigeria and outside.
According to her, she also donated foodstuffs to Christian widows and clothes for orphans in order to celebrate the season with joy and happiness like any other Christians across the globe.
Christmas is season of sharing, giving, and that is what I love doing on a season like this.
That is why I bought it for my brothers and sisters to enable them know that Muslims are their brothers and sisters. We wish them Happy Chrismas and New Year,” she said.
She said, she is planning to cook for Christian destitute and some inmates, in order to make them feel happy like any other Christian during Christmas.
she said, “I have many Christian friends and their family during sallah they also used to send me plenty giftsand goodies”.
While wishing Christians across the world merry Christmas and happy new year in advance, she equally called on marketers to offer Christmas bonanza so as to enable every one buys goods at cheaper prices.
She also called on wealthy individuals world-wide to help the needy during festivities like Christmas and Sallah and advised youths to shun all kinds of bad attitudes or social vices.
In his remarks, the state CAN chairman, Rev. John Joseph Hayap thanked Tijjani for her visit to his house to donate the Christmas tree.
He called on muslims and Christians to continue to live in peace and harmony, While calling on wealthy individuals to support the needy during yultide.
Edited by: Tukur Muntari.
By Hussaina Yakubu
Abuja, Sept .10, 2016 The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) says transportation of pilgrims from Mecca to Nigeria will begin on Sept. 17.
NAHCON Commissioner of Operations, Alhaji Abdullahi Saleh, announced this during a pre-Arafat meeting with stakeholders in Mecca.
He said the exercise would start begin with transporting of pilgrims from Kwara and Kogi.
“FlyNas Airline is ready to begin the operation of returning the pilgrims back home.
“We have got schedule of FlyNas as at Saturday while Med-view and MaxAir are to follow suit soon.
“We call on state leadership for collaboration, dialogue and consultation with operators. They should exercise patience and cooperate with the operators,’’ Saleh stated.
(Edited by: Aregbesola Isaac, Kayode Olaitan)