NMA Issues 21-Day Ultimatum To Edo State Govt

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The Edo State chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Wednesday issued a 21-day ultimatum to the state government to address issues of health facilities and general state of the sector.

The association also demanded that the state government improve staff welfare in the state owned health institutions or face industrial action in the health sector, which it said, would include doctors in state and federal hospitals.

These disclosures were made in a statement issued by the Chairman and Secretary of the association, Emmanuel Osaigbovo and Harry Omokhua.

According to the statement, the body alleged that the state government has not responded to their requests for improved services and facilities in the health sector.

They are, therefore, requesting that the state government address the infrastructure decay in the sector and increase the number of health personnel, especially doctors.

The body also lamented that most doctors who were employed in 2012 had left the state government employ due to poor motivation.

They said the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) and the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital have over 300 consultants while the State Hospitals Management Board has less than 46 consultants and 120 doctors compared to over 700 in the federal hospitals.

However, in his reaction to this, the Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy to Governor Godwin Obaseki, Crusoe Osagie said:

“The Edo State Government is adopting a holistic approach to the health sector reforms in the state.

“We urge the health professionals to exercise some patience as hasty efforts cannot produce the high standard of healthcare, which the Obaseki government has envisioned for Edo people. Plans have been made and partners are being sourced and in good time, the results will manifest.”

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Are These The Real Reasons Buhari Won’t Let Go Of IGP Ibrahim Idris?

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Are These The Real Reasons Buhari Won’t Let Go Of IGP Ibrahim Idris? – Mayowa Tijani

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Some context first: In June 2016, Solomon Arase, the former inspector general of police (IGP), retired from the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 60. He was the only “senior officer” retained from the previous administration for as long as 13 months.

This piece was written by Mayowa Tijani and was first published on TheCable. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

Arase may not have been the best police officer in Nigeria’s history, but Saint Ibrahim Idris, the current IGP and his litany of unforced errors make Arase look so good, you could take him for the best we’ve had. Before Arase’s exit, the compass was already pointing in the way of one Ibrahim Idris, who was a commissioner of police only a few months ago.

According to his records, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, was the commissioner of police, who supervised the security apparatus for the controversial Kano presidential election of 2015, where President Muhammadu Buhari got nearly two million votes. After the elections, Idris was promoted to assistant inspector general (AIG), and in a few months, he was named the acting inspector general of police to take over from Arase.

As expected, this move angered his superior, who had been AIGs and DIGs (deputy inspector generals of police) for years, before Idris even became a commissioner. The convention took its course, about 30 AIGs and a handful of DIGs were forced to retire. Their experience, their service, their sacrifice, and their aspirations to the office of the IGP was let down the drain.

Though the controversy was in the brewery, Nigerians expected a lot from the new IGP, who had massive experience from numerous foreign missions. In his first press briefing as the announced IGP, Idris gave a ray of hope and promised the security of life and property.

“That is the issue of integrity and accountability, issue of respect for diversity, issue of compassion, issues of ensuring that our streets, our neighbourhoods, our communities remain safe,” Idris had promised.

“We are going to do everything possible to ensure that we provide the best service to this country,” he added.


As the substansive IGP, Idris had committed many sins, which led me to conclude that he was going to be one of the major men to ensure President Buhari does not get a second term. In February, I argued that there is hardly “anyone in this dispensation that has angered the electorate as much as Ibrahim Idris, the inspector general of police, and his men have done in the past year”.

Under his leadership, the Nigeria Police Force was ranked the worst in the world by the World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI) for 2016. Rather than take time out to seek improvement, Idris and his men said they were the best in Africa. In the same breath, the IGP and his men paid lip service to the promise to reform the NPF, following citizen action on the ENDSARS movement.

With Idris at the helm, there has also been a disturbing increase in the arrest of journalists and bloggers in Nigeria. His reign has been a threat to free speech for journalists. This Idris is committing so many atrocities in the name of maintaining law and order, while the places in need of law and order are becoming national atrocities.

Global rankings for press freedom has gotten worse under Buhari and this IGP. Nigeria now sits at 122 of 180 countries surveyed, falling from 111 under former president Goodluck Jonathan and ex-IGP, Solomon Arase.


In the wake of the Benue massacre, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered Idris to relocate to Benue and ensure law and order in the land. Rather than do this, Idris and his men got into a verbal bout with Samuel Ortom, the Benue state governor. Jimoh Moshood, the police spokesperson, described the governor of Benue state as a drowning man. Such insensitivity. As always, nothing happened from Idris’ end.

The house of representatives passed a voted of no confidence on the IGP, calling on the president to replace him with a professional officer, seeing as “it is obvious the IGP is incapable of his job”. But the president did not blink an eye.

Finally, the president himself gets to visit Benue and realise that the IGP was not only being disrespectful to citizens he swore and promised to protect, but was being disrespectful to the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and the grand commander of the federal republic, Muhammadu Buhari, who appointed him to the tall office.

In his own admission, Buhari said “I’m not aware that the IG did not spend 24 hours in the state as directed by me, I am getting to know in this meeting”. Apparently, the IGP disobeyed the president, but his head may not roll.


Nigerians have expressed reservations, the national assembly has said a thing or two against the IGP, the president himself has seen his own orders being flouted by this IGP, and most importantly, fear and insecurity in the country are on the rise, and the police under Idris seem clueless. What other reason does the President need to take drastic steps on Idris and the police force?

Did IGP Idris offer Buhari a favour during the 2015 elections in Kano? Is there a 2019 outlook to this? Or like Femi Adesina, the presidential spokesman said, Idris sins are still “in the realm of allegations?” Well, his sins may be in the realm of allegations, but the death of 73 people in Benue is not in the realm of allegations, and more in other parts of the country are not in the real of allegations. The arrest and detention of journalists is not in the realm of allegations, the rising insecurity in Nigeria is in the realm of reality, and like Buhari said, Nigerians have no other home but Nigeria, so we have to make it work.

Mr. President, Nigeria is counting on you.

Reach Tijani @OluwamayowaTJ on Twitter and major social media platforms.

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As From April, NERC Will Enforce New Metering Rule On Nigerians

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The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said that as from April 3, 2018, it will commence the enforcement of its recently unveiled Meter Asset Provider Regulations, 2018 on Nigerian power consumers – a policy that seeks to bridge the widening metering gap in the electricity supply industry.

In its MAPR 2018, with Regulation No. NERC-R-112, which was released by the regulator and sighted by The Punch in Abuja on Wednesday, NERC said:

 “These regulations shall come into effect on the 8th day of March, 2018. The provisions of these regulations shall be enforced by the commission from the 3rd day of April, 2018.”

While power consumers have welcomed the new policy, describing it as a panacea for meter unavailability, it is understood that the country’s metering gap had increased to about 4.74 million.

On Monday, the NERC had made a declaration that it no longer had the sole responsibility of providing meters to electricity consumers.

However, the commission also announced the introduction of a new regulation that brought another class of operators in the power sector called Meter Asset Providers.

The Commissioner, Legal, Licensing and Compliance, NERC, Dafe Akpeneye, had explained that the MAPs would now take up the duty of providing meters to customers, among other functions.

Explaining further on the objectives of the MAPR 2018, the commission stated that the main objective of the regulations was to provide standard rules to encourage the development of independent and competitive meter services in the electricity supply industry and eliminate estimated billing.

Other objectives are to attract private investments to the provision of metering services, close the metering gap through accelerated meter rollout, and enhance revenue assurance in the power sector.

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Abduction: Buhari Claims He Handled Dapchi Better Than Jonathan Did On Chibok

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday claimed that his administration’s response to the February 19 abduction of 110 students of Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State was better than the response of the immediate past Goodluck Jonathan administration to a similar abduction in Chibok, Borno State.

Speaking at a town hall meeting with traditional/community leaders and other stakeholders in Damaturu, Yobe State as part of activities lined up for his official visit to the state, Buhari said while the Federal Government under his watch swung into action immediately after the abduction, the last administration looked the other way when the Chibok girls were abducted in 2014.

The president said the commitment displayed by his administration had led to the rescue of more than 100 Chibok girls taken into captivity before he assumed office.

His words: “The Federal Government’s response to the unfortunate abduction of the school girls is a clear departure from the insensitivity of the past administration which looked the other way while the Chibok girls were taken away in 2014 and held in captivity for over three years.

“Due to our commitment, over 100 Chibok girls have been rescued and reunited with their families, sent back to school and empowered with requisite skills.

“You may recall that recently, our negotiation efforts led to the release of abducted University of Maiduguri lecturers, some women police personnel, students and even an NYSC member.

“We, therefore, have no doubt that the Dapchi girls will be rescued or released. I can reassure parents, Nigerians and the International Community that we will do all that is within our power to make sure that the girls are brought back safely to their families.”

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Nigeria Borrowed N4.365 Trillion In 2017 – Total Debt Rises To N21.725 Trillion

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The Debt Management Office (DMO) has revealed that the Nigerian government borrowed N4.365 trillion in 2017, bringing the country’s total debt stock to N21.725 trillion.

The Director General of the DMO, Patience Oniha, stated this on Wednesday, March 13, during a press conference in Abuja.

Oniha said the federal government is planning to reduce domestic debt to 60 percent to the total debt stock from the present 73 percent.

She added that the new debt stock represents 18.20 per cent of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for 2017.

“This indicates that the debt is sustainable and within the 56 per cent threshold for countries in Nigeria’s peer group,” said Oniha.

“The key benefits of the restructuring of the portfolio are the reduction of the government’s debt-service costs, lowering of interest rates in the domestic market and improved availability of credit facilities to the private sector,” She said.

“Our projection is that from two sources, the borrowing should be dropping in the medium term. The rate of increase will be much slower, and instead of borrowing 17-18 percent from the domestic market, we’ll do 7 percent from external sources.”

She said Nigeria had to increase borrowing because the output and price of crude fell in 2014, which reduced government revenue and eventually plunged the economy into its worst recession in 25 years.

The DG also noted that the debt consisted of N15.938 trillion domestic borrowings for the Federal Government, the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

This represents 73.36 per cent of the entire debt stock, with the external component consisting of a balance of N5.787 trillion, representing 26.64 per cent.

A further breakdown indicates the domestic debt for the Federal Government was N12.589 trillion, while that of states and the FCT was N3.348 trillion.

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Plateau Imposes Curfew On Communities Where 25 People Got Killed

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In the wake of the recent attacks and killings of residents in northern Plateau state in the last two weeks, the state government has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on Bassa local government area where people were recently killed.

A statement issued on Wednesday by the government said the 6 pm to 6 am curfew follows the attack in the morning in Dong and Rafiki communities which led to the loss of lives and destruction of property.

The release, signed by the secretary to the Plateau state government, Rufu Bature, said the decision was to curtail further attacks.

The governor’s aide called on the affected communities to embrace peace, saying efforts were on to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the problem.

“Consequently, security agencies in area have been mandated to enforce the curfew.

“Law abiding citizens are advised go about their lawful businesses.

Plateau State has witnessed at least four attacks since President Buhari visited the state on Thursday, last week.

It was gathered that some yet-to-be identified armed men in the early hours of Tuesday also attacked and killed 25 people in Bassa.

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BREAKING: SSANU, NASU, NAAT Call-Off Nationwide Strike

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The non-teaching staff of Nigerian universities have suspended their nationwide strike, which they embarked upon since December 4, 2017.

The non-teaching staff comprise of three main unions including: Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non Academic Staff Union of Associated Institutions (NASU) and the National Association Academic Technologists (NAAT).

The three non-teaching staff unions under the auspices of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) were on strike over the failure by government to implement the agreement signed by both parties in September 2017 as well as the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the unions and government in February 2017.

However, the leadership of the three unions announced the suspension of the three month and 10 days old strike on Wednesday.

Trouble For Nigerian Universities As NAAT, NASU, SSANU Begin Indefinite Strike

The decision was announced by the Chairman of the JAC of the unions, Samson Ugwuoke, at a briefing in Abuja on earlier today.

Ugwuoke also noted that “based on extensive consultations with our various organs, we hereby announce the suspension of the strike action embarked upon by JAC with effect from today, March 14.”

He said members of the three unions have been directed to resume on March 15, 2018.

“We shall not hesitate to resume the strike if government reneges on the agreements reached or delays in any aspects,” he said.

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NUC Approves Zamfara University – Informs JAMB, TETFund And NYSC

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) on Monday, March 12, approved the Zamfara State University, Talata-Mafara, as the 47th state university and among 162 universities in the country.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, who announced the approval of the university in Abuja when Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, visited the NUC to present the strategic document for the establishment of the university, said the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), TETFund and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) had been appropriately informed about the activities of the university, adding that the approval is for immediate effect.

The NUC chairman noted that before now, Zamfara was the last state in the country to establish a university.

“There are 161 universities in the country, 41 are owned by the federal government, 46 are owned by state government, 74 are privately owned but there is only one private university in the North West geo-political zone. There are 270 application for establishing more universities, hopefully two or three are from Kano and Kaduna,” he said.

“Every Nigerian will see the merit of long planning when the university becomes fully operational,” he said.

He commended the governor for setting aside N3billion for specific use in staff development, establishment fund and laboratory equipment.

According to him, this commitment is a good model that should be emulated by whoever wants to establish a university.

“I write on behalf of NUC that with effect from Monday, March 12, the Zamfara State University is approved as the 47th state university and also 162 universities in Nigeria.

“Zamfara is the last state to establish a university. But the establishment is apt when you will have to key into the reform programme the NUC is having now and will be of benefit to you.

“The NUC is looking at how we can be more effective in our regulation of all universities in Nigeria.”

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Land Use Charge Act: Lagos State And The Politics Of Taxation

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Land Use Charge Act: Lagos State And The Politics Of Taxation, By Reuben Abati

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The government of Lagos State seems to be currently in the eye of the storm over its introduction of a law, a property tax as it were, known as the Land Use Charge Act of 2018, which repeals a similar law of 2001, and consolidates ground rent, tenement rate, and neigbourhood development levy. The Land Use Charge is payable in respect of all real estate in the State. But it is probably the most controversial move that has been made by the Akinwunmi Ambode administration in Lagos, an administration that has so far enjoyed tremendous goodwill on account of its huge investment in infrastructure and human capital development in the last three years.

This piece was written by Reuben Abati. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

Stakeholders have complained about the rate of increase (up to about 400 percent), the lack of adequate consultation and communication, and the impropriety of increasing taxation at a time of unmitigated economic hardship, even in the presence of multiple taxes, including the taxation of boreholes and alcoholic drinks. Real estate valuers and surveyors, as well as other stakeholders, including landlords and tenants, are asking the government to take another look at the law. Sooner or later, every government faces a baptism of fire. But where taxation is involved, the key issues are quality of governance, trust, transparency and accountability, communication and more importantly, strategy. These are the key areas for consideration with respect to the current controversy over the review of Land Use Charge in Lagos.

Ordinarily, however, nobody likes to pay taxes, and there is a historical and cultural context to this. The taxman is not often a popular member of the community. Wars and revolutions have been fought on account of the resistance to taxation. Many of the wars in the Southern part of Nigeria, particularly Yorubaland in the 18th and 19th centuries, were fought as a result of objections to what was known as “isakole” (ground rent to the sovereign), or owo asingba (service to chiefs and kings as a form of tribute), which were symbols of dominance over political authority and/or economic activities, creating a slave/master relationship among dominant/dominated groups.

The famous Aba women’s riot of 1929, was a protest against the draconian warrant chiefs introduced by the colonial administration, but it was even more significantly a rebellion against the direct taxation of market women. In the late 1940s, the Abeokuta Women’s Union (AWU), led by Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, also objected to the taxation of women in the Egba Division. For six months, over 10,000 Egba women challenged both the colonial authorities and the Alake of Egbaland, and insisted that they would not pay tax. In the end, the tax policy was suspended, the Alake had to abdicate the throne, and the women got up to four positions in the decision-making Native Authority.

Nor is Lagos new to anti-tax agitations. When the colonial authorities introduced electricity in Lagos in 1897, there was an attempt to ensure that this was paid for through indirect taxation, which was stoutly opposed by the people. Later, in 1907, the colonialists also proposed to provide a pipe borne water system for Lagos; the plan was to place a tax on houses to cover the cost. The African members of the Legislative council of the Lagos colony and Southern Protectorate, the traditional rulers and chiefs of Lagos and the people in general kicked against this proposed tax. They insisted they would rather drink water from rainfall or wells, rather than pay any tax.

When in 1908, the colonial authorities introduced a House Assessment Ordinance, the people of Lagos shut down all markets and marched on Government House. Women in Central Lagos also organised protests against the water rate. The battle was soon taken over by the educated elite who formed a group called the Lagos People’s Union (1908), led by John K. Randle, an Edinburgh-trained medical doctor.

Taxation tends to bring out the best and the worst in both people and governments. J.K. Randle, as he was known, the deputy governor of the colony at the time, wrote that he was an “agitator pure and simple…political disturbance was his main hobby in life.” The struggle over water rate in Lagos went on for more than 17 years and was responsible for the eventual collapse of the Lagos People’s Union and the deposition of Eleko Eshugbayi in 1925. Herbert Macaulay came on to the scene, and he championed the reinstatement of the king in 1931. The white cap chiefs of Lagos still insisted, all the same, that paying for water was against “the tradition of the people of Lagos.” The colonial authorities were unyielding. They cracked down on the people and soon introduced direct taxation, resulting in riots across the country.

In post-colonial Nigeria, the pattern of revulsion to taxation has not been different. Between 1968 and 1969, there was in the defunct Western region, a peasant farmers’ revolt, popularly known as the Agbekoya. This particular revolt, like all revolts may have been politically motivated, and it may have been a class revolt, but the trigger was the peasant farmers’ rejection of higher taxation. However, since independence in 1960, there have been attempts to review the taxation system in Nigeria, beginning with the Raisman Commission, and the enactment of the Tax Management Act, 1961, and the Companies Income Tax Act No 22 of 1961.

During the Second Republic (1979-1983), the Shagari administration established a Task Force on tax administration. In 1991, there was the Emmanuel Edozien study group on tax, in 1992 Sylvester Ugoh led another study group on indirect taxation, in 2002, yet another group was led by Professor Dotun Phillips, and in 2004 still another one was led by Seyi Bickersteth of KPMG, and in 2012 the Federal Government had another study group led by Mckinsey, an international consulting firm. In 2017, the Buhari administration introduced VAIDS, the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration taxation programme, and a new National Tax Policy (NTP). Many Nigerians consider the VAIDS a joke.

Indeed, the objection to the new Land Use Charge in Lagos thus fits into a natural response pattern. But it is important to go beyond sentiments and understand the issues. To enjoy development, the people must be prepared to pay tax, the leaders must also be transparent and accountable, provide value and inspire trust. To ensure voluntary compliance, the people must not be made to see taxation as a form of punishment. At face value, the justifications provided by the Lagos State Government on paper and at a recent Town Hall Meeting with the governor seem convincing enough. To keep up with the current pace of economic development, population growth and volatile oil revenue, state governments in Nigeria are under pressure to look for additional sources of revenue beyond the Federal Government’s monthly allocation. This in itself is a good development.

Lagos, the fifth largest economy in Africa, with a population that would be far in excess of 35 million by 2030, faces special challenges. Infrastructure deficit in the State is currently estimated to be about $50 billion (N14.47 trillion). The State’s current revenue profile is therefore unsustainable. Oil revenue in general has proved unsustainable in Nigeria in real terms. The country’s tax ratio to GDP is also relatively one of the lowest in Africa. Tax compliance is similarly low, and the extant tax codes are at best outdated. The alternative in Lagos would be for the State to borrow, but with current interest rates, that would amount to mortgaging the financial future of the State. What the Ambode administration is proposing, in essence, is a far more efficient taxation system which brings more people into the tax net and which requires the people to make sacrifice in the overall interest of the public good. I don’t have a problem with that.

But where the problem lies is in the twin areas of strategy and communication. Whereas many Lagos residents have not actually seen a copy of the proposed law, their objection is based largely on the report that the law expressly imposes a 400 percent increase on land use charge, and the worst hit may probably be the organised private sector and owners of commercial buildings. In 1999, the Bola Tinubu administration in Lagos State had sought to reform the tax process in the State through the introduction of electronic payments. Internally Generated Revenue in Lagos State subsequently increased from N600 million in 1999, to N22 billion in 2015, and N34.1 billion in 2017.

Communication is important in tax administration. While it is natural for people to oppose any form of taxation, a tax system must be seen to be fair, just and equitable. The current resistance to taxation in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria – FCT, Anambra, Benue, Edo, Cross River – in part raises governance issues. Widespread reports about corruption, the lavish lifestyle of public officials, the high-handedness of tax officials and the reality of multiple taxation, make Nigerians, even in the face of rational arguments about the need to generate non-oil revenue, suspicious of any form of tax. In Lagos, the State House of Assembly held public hearings, but the story out there is that government has sneaked in the law, with increased charges on the public, without adequate notice or communication. But how much interest did Lagosians themselves show? Do they even know who their representatives are? Do the representatives brief the people on developments of this nature? Landlords are saying that when the effect of this indirect taxation is considered in absolute terms, they would be turned into tenants living in their own homes.

Tenants are protesting that the new charge will be passed on to them by landlords, and with inflation already at 15 percent, and the country’s macroeconomics in a fix, greater pressure and hardship will be invariably imposed on people and businesses. As presented, however, the Lagos State government seems to have anticipated these concerns and created opportunities for negotiation and voluntary compliance, but how many people are aware of this? In addition, the Land Use Charge is a progressive tax, not a flat tax, with in-built disaggregation to provide reliefs for aged owner-occupiers, pensioners, old buildings of 25 years and above, owners with proof of long occupation, non-profit organisations, places of religious worship/education, the physically challenged and registered educational institutions. Besides, more than 70 percent of the properties are valued under N10 million, equivalent to a land use charge of N5,000 annually.

Nonetheless, there are persons and landlords associations in Lagos already threatening to either go to court or organise street protests. The more incensed stakeholders are threatening to use their voters’ cards to remind Governor Ambode that he would need the people in the coming 2019 elections. In other words, the Land Use Charge could become the main decider of whether he gets a second term or not. When it comes to taxation, the electorate can indeed be vicious. Margaret Thatcher lost her position as prime minister, within her own party in the UK, 1989-1990, partly due to the crisis over a community charge, better known as poll tax, which made the conservatives unpopular.

Governor Ambode is on that score, quite a courageous man. He must be looking at the future of Lagos, and not the next election. But he needs not sacrifice his own political future. Whatever may have been done in Lagos since 1999, there is a lot more that can be done to improve the standard of living in the State. Nigerians like to protest but it is also important to realise that the days of dependence on oil revenue may soon be completely over. When the people pay tax, and they understand the justification for it, they are probably in a much better position to hold their leaders accountable.

I believe there are steps to be taken to improve the communication process on this issue and that may mean putting the implementation of the charge on hold for a while until various stakeholders have been conscientised to take ownership of the core messages about standardisation, efficiency and the need to prevent the culture of whimsical assessments by state tax officials. Landlords have to be assured that the proposed percentages are not absolute.

Government should also consider the possibility of a downward review of the percentages, allow instalmental or graduated payment, and reconsider the threatened penalty of up to 200 percent for defaulters. Tenants of commercial buildings also need to be protected from Shylock landlords who may hide under the law, to increase rent. The objection to multiple taxation should also be addressed; if the Land Use Charge is a consolidation of three other taxes, perhaps there are other taxes in the State that should be similarly reviewed to reduce the burden on the citizenry. The relevant revenue institutions in Lagos must also be strengthened and opportunities provided for seeking redress against rogue tax administration officials. There must also be guarantees for transparency in the preparation of a necessary data-base for the ownership of properties in the State.

With all the best intentions, any form of politicisation of the tax administration process is bound to be counter-productive. This must be avoided by all means.

Reuben Abati, a former presidential spokesperson, writes from Lagos.

This piece was written by Reuben Abati. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Nigeria Gives 330,000 Rice Farmers N43.92 Billion

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The federal government has released about N43.92 billion (122 million dollars) to 300,000 rice farmers to increase Nigeria’s rice production by additional two million tonnes in 2018.

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Al-Hassan, stated this in New York at Nigeria’s side event during the ongoing 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

The theme of the event was: “Achieving Economic Empowerment: Addressing women peace and security issues as a pathway for socioeconomic Independence for rural women in Nigeria”.

Mrs. Al-Hassan said: “The Agricultural Transformation Agenda is aimed at strengthening the agricultural value chain, achieving a hunger-free nation, accelerating food and nutritional security, generating employment and growing wealth for millions of farmers.

“The current Anchor Borrowers Programme of the Federal Government has released over 122 million dollars to farmers through 13 participating institutions.

“This is to spur the production of additional two million tonnes of rice in 2018 by 300,000 Rice Farmers, majority of whom are women in rural areas”.

She said the Muhammadu Buhari-led government was determined to meet the objectives of poverty eradication and the empowerment of rural women and girls for sustainable development, inherent in Agenda 2030.

According to her, the Nigerian government has taken rigorous steps to initiate and strengthen policies, institutional frameworks, systems and mechanisms aimed at achieving gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

She said some of the implementable strategies were designed to harness the socio-economic potentials of Nigeria’s 83.3 million female population.

Mrs. Al-Hassan said the development and launch of Economic Growth and Recovery Plan gave prominence to the inclusion and empowerment of women in the rural areas and linked national development strategies to Agenda 2030 in an integrated, multi-sectoral and multifaceted manner.

On Girl-Child education, she said government was implementing with more vigour a universal basic education programme strategically directed at enhancing girl child education at the grass root level.

She said the implementation of the N-Power job Creation and Youth Employment Programme, which targetted gainful and sustainable employment for 500,000 graduates and 100,000 non-graduates, had taken off successfully in the country.

“Consequently 200,000 N-Power graduates have been successfully deployed to serve in local communities in the country with another batch of 300,000 graduate volunteers already pre-selected,” she said.

Mrs. Al-Hassan said additional 10,000 artisans were being trained in the construction and automobile sub-sectors in close collaboration with the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria and the National Automotive Design and Development Council.

She said government was implementing the implementation of the Conditional Cash Transfer scheme, aimed at providing one million poor and vulnerable households with N5,000 monthly cash transfers to the “care givers of households”.

“As at December 2017, over 622,649 identified poor and vulnerable households have been enlisted in the programme with over 439,859 captured in the National Social Register from 233 local government areas across 23 states.

“Of these figures, 293,973 caregivers from 9,567 communities have been paid, with over 25,000 beneficiaries already accessing requisite skills through trained community facilitators.

“The Home Grown School Feeding programme, also part of the social investment programme is designed to provide one nutritious meal a day to 5.5 million school children, including girls in classes one to three of public primary schools is progressing.

“By December 2017, over six million pupils are being fed daily nationwide. The programme has trickled down financial incentives to local farmers and cooks, who are mostly women,” the minister said.

She said the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme and the National Women Empowerment Fund, also under the government’s Social Investment Programme, were designed to provide 1.66 million dollars micro credit, lending to businesses at the bottom of the financial pyramid.


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Lassa Fever Outbreak Kills 3 Persons In Ekiti

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The Government of Ekiti State has uncovered fresh cases of Lassa fever, which has claimed the lives of three persons.

The victims were a patient who tested positive to the disease, and two others who had contact with the deceased.

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The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rotimi Ojo, who addressed reporters on Tuesday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, said five of the eight suspected cases tested negative while one was uncertain and the last one pending at press time last night.

The Commissioner, however, stressed that there was no cause for alarm, noting that the state government was taking proactive steps in surveillance activities that would involve all residents due to some recorded cases and deaths in neighbouring states.

Ojo assured that the State Disease Control team had been activated, while the process of sensitising the people with jingles, adverts and other communication media were ongoing.

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He said similar actions taken during the 2016 outbreak were successful, adding that the epidemic was controlled and the identified patient, who was properly managed, survived.

According to him, the three isolation centres at Ido Federal Teaching Hospital in Ido-Ekiti; Oba Adejugbe General Hospital, Ado-Ekiti and the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital in Ado-Ekiti were still operational.

The commissioner urged stakeholders, including health practitioners, teachers, traditional rulers, religious leaders as well as community and opinion leaders, to join hands with the state government to prevent the spread of the disease.

He advised the people to avoid self-medication and keeping sick people at home.

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Lagos Denies Increasing Fees For Vehicle Particulars, Number Plate

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The Lagos State government has debunked reports making the rounds that it had increased the cost of processing motor vehicle particulars and application for number plates.

The state government insisted that the rates remained the same across the state.

This disclosure was made in a statement issued on Tuesday by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan.

He said the rumoured increase is being peddled by mischief makers who want to take advantage of the situation with the reviewed land use charge.

According to him, the clarification became necessary in response to inquiries by members of the public who were worried about the rumours of increase in charges relating to vehicle administration.

Bamigbetan, therefore, asked anyone with evidence of increase in motor registration rates from any of the official Centres managed by the Lagos State Motor Vehicle Administration Authority (MVAA) to report to the agency or the Ministry of Transportation.

He said: “Although, the cost of maintaining the roads and expanding infrastructures which ease the operations of vehicles is enormous, the Lagos State Government shall continue to bear the burden of keeping the roads motorable and safe for all users.”

Bamigbetan further said “some mischief makers were desperately exploiting the challenges posed to the government by the new Land Use Charge Law which seeks to raise more money for the provision of public infrastructures for the benefit of all, to misinform the public.”

The state government recently reviewed land use charge in a bid to increase internally generated revenue.

The action was not accepted by some residents of the state with the Nigerian Bar Association leading a protest on Tuesday.

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NAFDAC Intercepts 33 Containers Of Tramadol, Talks Tough On Drug Abuse

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The National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has disclosed that its operatives intercepted and seized 33 containers of Tramadol which were being conveyed to a yet-to-be-ascertained location in Nigeria.

The disclosure was made by the NAFDAC Director-General, Prof Christiana Adeyeye, in Abuja while speaking at the National Chemical Security Training Conference.

She also noted that operatives also seized three trucks filled with Tramadol at the Apapa Ports in Lagos State.

The chemical conference was jointly organised by the Office of the National Security Adviser and the Chemical Security Programme.

The NAFDAC DG said that an emergency should be declared over the abuse of drugs by youths and children in the country.

Adeyeye said, “We have to declare an emergency because of our youths and children who are abusing hard drugs. As I speak, we have about 33 containers of Tramadol that we intercepted. Those are the ones we could see. Some have exited the ports.

“We have a big problem in the country and we have to declare an emergency because of our youths and children who are abusing drugs and families being disintegrated.

“About five weeks ago, NAFDAC intercepted a 40-feet container of Tramadol and two trucks exiting the Apapa ports. We were told that these vehicles were heading for Yola and the eventual destination may be the Sambisa Forest.

“How can a young girl agree to have bombs tie around her, if not that her mind has been stolen through drugs? So, we have a problem to tackle. With the 33 containers, it means that some other containers are yet to be identified. We also have a problem with our porous borders.”

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BBOG Issues 7-Day Ultimatum To FG To Secure Release Of Dapchi Girls

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The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) Advocacy group has issued a seven day ultimatum to the Federal Government to secure the release of the abducted schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe state.

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In February, a total of 110 students of Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, were declared missing after Boko Haram insurgents attacked their school.

BBOG Issues 7-Day Ultimatum To FG To Secure Release Of Dapchi GirlsThe incident happened four years after the insurgents kidnapped 276 female students of Government Secondary School, Chibok.

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The group, led by former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili, said in a statement that if the government failed to respond it will scale up its advocacy.

In the statement issued on Tuesday, the group said Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, will lead a legal team to sue the federal government “for the negligence that has led to the abductions”.

The group also posed some questions to the federal government, including:

“How is it that nearly four years since the abduction of our Chibok girls, we are faced with yet another similar tragedy by the repeat abductions of schoolgirls in the Dapchi girls’ tragedy?

“How is it possible that a terrorist group that we were informed to have been completely defeated was able to abduct 110 Dapchi girls.

“How were the school and community left to be vulnerable to this tragedy? What happened to the Safe Schools Initiative that was signed on by the Federal Government in 2014 and to which it committed $10m alongside other donations by the several donors, including the international community?

“Why was there a deliberate attempt by the federal government to cover up the abduction through false reports and claims of rescue in the immediate aftermath of the abduction?

“On what basis was the military withdrawn from Dapchi? Why was there no immediate response to the abduction of the Dapchi girls? What happened to early warning signal system as part of security architecture for areas like Dapchi in the theatre of war? We ask for #TheTruthAndNothingButTheTruth.

“How was it that the terrorists carried out their activity for hours unchallenged by forces of the FG? Can we not assume a connivance between the abductors and all those in the military and security command with responsibilities for the Dapchi, Yobe state area?

“How was it that 110 children were transported in a convoy of vehicles for more than twenty-four hours over distance of hundreds of kilometres without their abductors encountering any Nigerian military or police security roadblocks? Why was there no air surveillance by the Nigeria Air Force which is still at the battlefront? If any, how did the Nigerian Air Force fail to track the movement of the terrorists motorcade as they made away with our schoolgirls?

“What happened to the recently commissioned UAVs said to have been procured for such tracking purpose? What happened to our Intelligence assets – satellite links & military aircraft – that were procured to prevent & abort such scale of elaborate attack by terrorists?”

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Buhari Writes Senate, Rejects Amended Timetable For 2019 Elections

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President Muhammadu Buhari has penned the Senate, declining assent to the new amendment to the Electoral Act regarding election sequence in the 2019 general elections.

The president’s rejection was contained in a letter read Tuesday on the floor of the upper legislative chamber by Senate President Bukola Saraki.

A similar letter was also sent to the Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

Buhari’s letter read, “Pursuant to Section 58(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), I hereby convey to the Senate, my decision, on 3rd March 2018, to decline Presidential Assent to the Electoral Amendment Bill 2018 recently passed by the National Assembly.

“Some of my reasons include the following:

“The amendment to the sequence of elections in Section 25 of the principal act, may infringe upon the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organize, undertake and supervise elections provided in Section 15(A) of the third statue to the Constitution;

“The amend to Section 138 of the principal act to delete two crucial grounds upon which an election may be challenged by candidates, unduly limits the rights of candidates in elections to a free and fair electoral review process;

“The amendment to Section 152 Subsection 325 of the Principal Act may raise Constitutional issues over the competence of the National Assembly to legislate over local government elections.

“Please accept Distinguished Senators, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Yours Sincerely.”

With the rejection of amendments by the president, the next option left for the National Assembly is to override the president’s veto or let the act remain as it is.

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BREAKING: Buhari Sacks Paul Boroh, Coordinator Of Amnesty Programme

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the dismissal of the coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme for former Niger Delta militants, Paul Boroh.

Boroh’s dismissal was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon by Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity.

In the statement, Adesina said Charles Dokubo, a professor, has been appointed to replace Boroh.

The statement read: “Prof Dokubo is currently director of research and studies at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs. He holds a PhD in strategic studies from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom, and hails from Abonema, Akuku-Toru local government of Rivers state.”

The statement said Babagana Monguno, national security adviser, has been directed to probe the activities of the amnesty office since 2015 when Boroh was appointed.

“Meanwhile, the president directs the national security adviser (NSA) to carry out a full investigation into the activities of the Amnesty Programme from 2015 to date, especially allegations of financial impropriety and other acts that are allegedly detrimental to the objectives of the Presidential Amnesty Programme,” the statement added.

Boroh, a retired brigadier general, was appointed on July 28, 2015.

He replaced Kingsley Kuku, the former Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta who also doubled as Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme.

At the time of his appointment, he was charged with the speedy resolution of hitches in the implementation of the amnesty programme, such as the non-payment of outstanding allowances to ex-militants.

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Reps Recall Abdulmumini Jibrin From Suspension – 17 Months After ‘Budget Padding’ Scandal

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The House of Representatives has recalled its former Chairman, Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumini Jibrin, from suspension.

It may be recalled that Jibrin was suspended on September 28, 2016 for 180 legislative days and has since been out for over 17 months following a scandal on Budget padding.

His suspension however lasted for more than the stipulated 180 legislative days which is equivalent to one year.

His recall came on the back of a letter he personally signed allegedly apologising to the House.

Although the letter wasn’t fully read before the parliament, the speaker paraphrased it by saying he has apologised and met all the conditions given to him.

“He has fulfilled all the conditions by writing this letter and so he is free to resume his legislative duties whenever he wants, if he so wishes”

As at then, Jibril had accused Dogara and other principal officers of the house of allegedly attempting to pad N30 billion projects into the budget.

He said his “inability to allow” the said projects into the budgets “became an issue” with the lawmakers.

He had also alleged that the speaker, deputy speaker, chief whip and minority leader had allocated “billions of wasteful projects running over 20 billion to their constituencies”.

The House had demanded apology from Jibrin but he vowed never to do so.

Details later…

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WAEC Releases First Diet Of 2018 WASSCE | Withholds 1021 Results

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Tuesday announced the release of its January/February series of the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The council’s Head of National Office, Mr. Olu Adenipekun who announced the release in Lagos, said results of 1,021 candidates were, however, withheld.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the approval to introduce and conduct the additional diet in the country and other national offices of the five-member countries was given at the council’s 65th annual general meeting in March 2017.

The introduction of the series for Private candidates, brings to the three, the number of examinations conducted by the council each year.

According to Adenipekun, the results were withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice by the affected candidates.

He said the cases were being investigated and that reports of the investigations would be presented to the appropriate committee of the council in due course, for consideration.

“The committee’s decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates,’’ Adenipekun said.

According to him, 11,721 candidates registered for the examination, while 11,307 actually sat for the test.

Giving a breakdown of statistics of candidates’ performance at the examination, the HNO said that 8,113 candidates obtained credits and above in two subjects.

He noted that 6,375 others obtained credits and above in three subjects, while 4,762 candidates obtained credits and above in four subjects.

Adenipekun also said that 3,263 candidates obtained credits and above in five subjects, while 2,010 others obtained credits and above in six subjects.

“A total 1,937 candidates, representing 17.13 per cent, obtained the minimum of credits in five subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.

“The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE in 2017 was 26.01 per cent.

“From the statistics of performance, it is safe to say that candidates performance is not satisfactory, compared to what obtained in the same diet for private candidates in 2016 and 2017.

“We, therefore, wish to plead with candidates to take this examination seriously,’’ he said.

The HNO, however, expressed satisfaction at the response of Nigerians to the newly-introduced diet.

He added that it was encouraging and would propel the council to expand to more cities and towns.

Adenipekun said the introduction of the diet would also stem the tendency by some candidates to get involved in examination malpractice.

He explained that the additional diet for private candidates was part of council’s contributions to the efforts of governments at all levels to expand the educational opportunities in the West African sub-region.

Adenipekun urged candidates who sat for the examination to check the details of their performance on the council’s results website.


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25 Killed, 11 Houses Razed In Fresh Herdsmen Attacks On Plateau

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Suspected herdsmen have killed no less than 25 people in Dundu Village of Kwall district in Bassa local government area of Plateau state.

This is just as scores of houses were reportedly set ablaze in the latest round of attacks in the state which President Muhammadu Buhari recently visited.

It was learnt that the killings took place on Monday evening; a day set aside for the mass burial of victims killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in several communities in Bassa LGA last week. The event was disrupted by the fresh attack which left has 25 persons dead.

Confirming the casualty rate, the spokesperson of Miango Youth Development Association, Lawrence Zongo, said:

“Very sad! Again, Fulani terrorists killed 25 persons in Dundu Village of Kwall District in Bassa LGA of Plateau State.

“Eleven houses were razed down. The villagers were attacked around 7pm yesterday (Monday). Among the victims were three children and two women.

“Others, including two women, are now receiving treatment in a nearby hospital in the community. This is too bad, as we are planning the mass burial of the last attack.

“So far, we have more than 500 Internally Displaced Persons camp. International organisations should please come to our aid.”

Also, the spokesman of Plateau police command, Matthias Tyopev, confirmed the attack but could not give details.

He said Adie Undie, Plateau commissioner of police, had ordered Taiwo Jebiyisu, deputy commissioner of police (operations), to visit the scene for an on-the-spot assessment.

His words: “There was an attack yesterday (Monday) in Bassa; as such, the commissioner of police, Plateau state command, has directed the DCP Taiwo Jebiyisu, a deputy commissioner of police in charge of the department of operations, to go to the scene of crime for an on-the-spot assessment.”

“As such, he is there now. The information is sketchy. I shall inform you when the details of the attack are made available.”

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2018 UTME Results Are Ready, Says JAMB | Here’s How To Check Yours

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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Examination Board (JAMB) has disclosed that the results for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) are ready.

The board spokesman, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, stated this while featuring on RockCity 101.9FM’s program, Day Break Show, on Monday in Abeokuta.

He, however, disclosed that the results will be delayed, adding that there was need to preview them before they would be eventually released.

“Once a candidate clicks submit, the result is ready but we wait to preview the results before releasing so we don’t cancel results later. You can detect malpractice even after exams,” he said.

The JAMB spokesman also hinted that there are plans for the examination to be written from candidates’ homes in future.

“We are thinking of open book examinations or allowing them write the examination from their houses. Once we get the required technology, we can do it,” he declared.

On challenges facing the board, particularly in the ongoing UTME, the JAMB spokesman said: “at any point if there is an issue, we find a way to solve it to ensure all candidates write the UTME with convenience.”


  • How To Check Your Results:

Here are the requirements and steps you need to follow to check your JAMB result.

1. Your PIN
2. Your Serial Number or Registration Number

Steps to follow:
1. Visit JAMB portal – www.jamb.org.ng
2. Once it opens, check the upper right side of the website
3. Insert your PIN, Serial No or Reg Number
4. When JAMB 2018 RESULT comes up, print out the copies for further usage.

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Benue Killings: I’m Surprised Police Chief Disobeyed My Directive – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday expressed shock that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, disobeyed his directives to stay in Benue until the blood-letting between farmers and herdsmen was resolved.

The President, who made this known while speaking at a meeting with leaders and stakeholders of the state during his assessment visit to the state, also said his government is deeply worried about  incessant attacks on Benue’s rural communities and vowed to end the menace very soon.

In the wake of the public outcry that met the murder of over 70 persons by suspected herdsmen, the president had instructed the IGP to relocate to the state until the carnage was contained.

The police boss had reportedly spent less than 24 hours in the state before leaving – an action that sparked outrage from Nigerians because the president failed to reprimand him.

However, in his meeting with farmers, herdsmen, government officials and other stakeholders in Makurdi, Buhari denied insinuations that he was not interested in what was happening to Benue State.

“I cannot overlook the killings in Benue or any other part of Nigeria. I cannot do that. I am genuinely worried about the attacks in Benue and we are doing everything to end them,” he said.

He said the insecurity in some states was a major concern to his government and that concerted efforts were being made to restore normalcy to every part of the country.

Mr. Buhari said he was surprised that the IGP did not spend 24 hours in Benue when he directed him to relocate to the state and remain there till peace was restored.

“I am getting to know this in this meeting. I am quite surprised,” he said.

Daily Post quoted Buhari as saying:

“The problem in Benue started worsening because the IGP refused to follow my instruction. What I did was to call him (IGP) and give him the directive. I didn’t know he moved here (Benue State) and didn’t spend much time … and then moved to Nasarawa. It’s only now that I am knowing that.”

“But I know I dispatched him here. It is wrong to think I have abandoned the people of Benue. I still have at heart.”

“I thank the governor and the people of the state for receiving me.”

“We have deployed security agencies to make sure the clashes between farmers and end as soon as possible.”

He, however said he quietly reprimanded the Inspector General of Police over the killings in Benue State.

Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina quoted Buhari as saying that he was not in the habit of publicly rebuking his appointees as many would desire.

The president said he preferred to quietly “read the riot act” as he did to the Inspector General of Police when the Benue attacks began.

He disclosed that he even shared the IGP’s security report on the Benue crisis with Senators George Akume and Barnabas Gemade from the state.

He appealed to leaders of various groups in the state to convince their constituents that the Federal Government was doing its best to end the recurring attacks by armed herdsmen in various parts of the country.

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How Nigeria’s Naira Fared Against US Dollar (Mar 12)

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Nigeria’s currency naira further remained stable at the close of trade on Monday, March 12, selling at N363 against the United States dollar at the Bureau De change (BDCs) and parallel market in Lagos.

At the BDC, the naira was sold at N500 to the Pound Sterling and closed at N442 against the Euro.

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However, the naira against the two currencies went for N501 and N445 respectively at the parallel market.

Also, trading at the Import and Export foreign exchange window, the naira closed at N360.47 to the dollar.

It also exchanged at N305.75 to the dollar at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) window.

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A trader, Mr Shinkafi Aliu, Managing Director, Alibarika Bureau De Change said the stability could be attributed to the positive growth in the nation’s external reserves.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had in its resolve to guarantee liquidity in the market, injected the sum of $355.43 million into the Retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS) on Friday.

Nigeria’s apex bank also said that the country’s External Reserves is steadily growing and currently stands at $46bn.

Okoroafor stated this in a statement on Sunday that the reserves grew by about $3.2bn between February and March 2018.

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Man Allegedly Defiles 9-Year-Old Girl With N10 Biscuits

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A 52-year-old man, Gabriel Olaniyan, has been arraigned before an Ibadan Magistrate’s Court in Iyaganku on Monday, March 12, after he was being accused of defiling a nine-year-old girl after seducing her with N10 biscuits on her way home from an Arabic school.

In a charge, number mi/37c/2018, the accused was arraigned on one count of having carnal knowledge of a minor.

The prosecutor, Mrs. Folake Ewe, had told the court that Olaniyan, who was jobless, committed the crime on March 1, 2018 around 5pm at the Alapafon area of Ibadan.

She further added that the offence is contrary to and punishable under Section 218 of the Criminal Code Cap. 38 Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000.

Speaking in admittance, Olaniyan said the act was a mistake on his part.

While delivering judgment on the matter, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs. N. J. Ogunbona, asked the accused if he committed the crime for ritual purposes before ordering him to be remanded in prison pending legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.  She then adjourned the case till April 5, 2018.

The victim’s father, Adeleke, said he had separated from her mother and that his new wife had been taking care of the minor.

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FG Agrees To Source N8 billion To Pay Striking Non-Academic Staff Union

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The federal government says it will source for N8 billion within five weeks to pay the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said this at a resolution reached at a conciliation meeting with the Non-Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities in Abuja.

The Non-Academic staff Union of Nigerian are made of the Non Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (NASU), Senior Staff Academic of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) National Association of Academic Technologists, (NAAT).

The resolution was jointly signed by Mr. Ngige, NAAT President, Sani Suleiman, NASU General Secretary, Peters Adeyemi, SSANU President Samson Ugwoke and Anthony Anwukah, Minister of State for Education.

Mr. Ngige, a former senator, also said part of the eight billion would also be used to pay members of the Academic Staff Universities (ASUU), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), and the University of llorin (UNILORIN), who were not paid at the last disbursement.

He also said that the National Salaries Income and Wages Commission was to rework the December 15 Call Circular on University Staff Schools.

“This is taking into consideration the observations of JAC of NAAT, NASU and SSANU with a view to ensuring that it complies with the National Industrial Court (NIC) judgment.

Mr. Ngige also said that the Federal Ministry of Education reported that the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation has started payment of salary shortfalls, adding that the process was still ongoing.

He said the Ministry of Education was to synergise with the concerned institutions to ensure compliance with Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA) requirements to facilitate payments of JAC members in the universities that are yet to comply.

The minister, however, said on the issue of the non-implementation of CONTISS 14 and 15 for technologists, the Ministry of Education has made submissions to the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.

He said the submission was for onward transmission to the National Council on Establishment (NEC) meeting slated for March 18, in Owerri, adding that the Ministry of Education is expected to report the outcome in five weeks.

Mr. Ngige also said the Ministry of Education had put forward an application for the visitation panel to the presidency and that the main trust of the visitation was to re-energise the institution, unearth corruption, among others.

He said it was also agreed that the Ministry of Education would set in motion appropriate machinery for the release of White Paper in respect of the previous visitation panel already with government.

He also added that no worker would be victimised on account of the industrial action.

Mr. Ngige said that government and JAC leadership have agreed that the ongoing strike would be suspended by March 14, after due consultation with their National Executive Councils. (NECs)


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#PMBInBenue: Buhari Finally Arrives Markudi, Meets Stakeholders

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President Muhammadu Buhari has finally arrived Makurdi, the Benue State capital, for his official visit to the State to commiserate with the people over the New Year killings by herdsmen that claimed the lives of 73 innocent citizens.

The president, who is visiting the nation’s acclaimed food basket since assuming power in 2015, arrived the airport at Makurdi at exactly 10:43 a.m. on Monday morning.

It is also understood that he will meet with the state Governor, Samuel Ortom, leaders and other stakeholders in the state at the Government House over the recent killings in the state.

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Reports also have it that he will visit Tor-Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse, the Exercise Cat Race Camp and also meet IDPs in Gbajimba, Guma LGA headquarters.

The President had last week visited Taraba State, one of the states troubled with the herdsmen-farmers crisis which has left scores dead and displaced hundreds.

While he commiserated with the people over the killings, he described the attacks and bloodshed as unfortunate.

President Buhari, therefore, assured Nigerians and victims of the attacks that justice will be served.

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