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Climate Change: Kano Government Recruits 100 Forest Guards

ven, 2019-09-13 02:01


 

The Kano State Government has recruited 100 forest guards to stem the destruction of the state’s forests and enhance security.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Alhaji Tukur Getso, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Kano.

Getso explained that the government was concerned about the destruction of vegetation in the state and was doing everything possible to arrest the trend.

He noted that it was important to maintain vegetation cover as safeguard to the effects of climate change.

In this respect, the permanent secretary said the state “has gone far in the establishment of a state-owned hydroelectricity power supply company which is expected to produce 23 megawatt targeted at reducing consumption of petroleum products.”

He added that by reducing the demand for petroleum products, the green house gaseous emission would drastically reduce in the state.

Getso noted that the decongestion of road traffic by Kano Road Traffic Agency and ongoing plan to introduce Kano Bus Mass Transit, would significantly reduce air pollution in the environment.

He added that a robust framework had been designed that would be integrated into the National Climate Change Action Plan.

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Nigeria's Best University Ranked 401 In the World

ven, 2019-09-13 02:00


 

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 has ranked Nigeria’s Covenant University as the best university in Nigeria.

The private institution topped the charts for Nigerian universities but ranked 401 globally.

The ranking system, which evaluates 1,400 universities across 92 countries, is the largest and most diverse university rankings globally and is audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

According to the list seen by SaharaReporters, Nigerian universities, which made the list include the University of Ibadan (number 2 in the country but ranked 501 globally) while the University of Lagos came third in Nigeria while placing 801 globally.

Globally, the University of Oxford leads the rankings in first place, while the University of Cambridge falls to third.

California Institute of Technology rose three places to second, while Stanford, Yale, Harvard and Imperial College London, all appear in the top 10.


 

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I’ll Rather Congratulate Buhari Openly Than Visit Him At Night, Says Wike

ven, 2019-09-13 01:54


 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said that he congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari after the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal confirmed his election because it was better to offer public congratulations than visit him at night.

Wike, according to a report by PUNCH, said that unlike some governors of the Peoples Democratic Party, who visit President Buhari at night, he made his declaration public because it came from his heart.

The Rivers governor made the statement while speaking at the funeral service of Madam Blessing Awuse, mother of one of PDP leaders in the state, Sergeant Awuse, held at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Emohua, on Thursday.

He said, “I am sure all of you are surprised that I congratulated Buhari.

“Is it not good for me to congratulate him than to go to his house in the night?

“Many PDP governors go to see him in his house in the night. I have never gone and I will not go. I won’t go.

“We are the only state that the Federal Government refused to pay our money used to execute federal projects because I don’t go to see him in the night and I won’t go.

“He is not my friend; he is not doing well, but he won in court. Should I say that the court did wrong? No.

“President Buhari, congratulations and carry Nigerians along. Unify the country; the country is too divided.

“I am saying what is right. What I will do, I will do; what I will not do, I will not do.”

 

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When Cows Compete With Students For Space In Ivory Towers By Olabisi Deji-Folutile

ven, 2019-09-13 01:33


 

When countries around the globe are busy thinking of how to build world class universities that will have positive impacts on their societies, it is unfortunate that some universities in Nigeria could still be burdened with the task of keeping cows away from their classrooms. Sometimes, stories about happenings in Nigeria are just unbelievable. Or, how can anyone fathom a cry for help by a university to curtail cattle invasion of its premises? 

This is pure tragedy especially now that many universities are working on attracting more funds   to embark on cutting-edge researches that will create solutions to world’s challenges. It is bad enough that higher institutions in the country are confronted with myriads of challenges occasioned by either maladministration or paucity of funding. To now add the problem of competing with cows for space in a university environment is one problem too many.

The management of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, had on Tuesday raised the alarm that herdsmen were turning the institution into a cattle colony. The registrar, Mr. John Nnabuihe, described how difficult it was to drive to the university’s Senate building that morning due to the massive cattle invasion of the institution. He further disclosed that the university had written letters to the Cattle Owners Association and copied heads of security agencies, complaining about the development. Going by the registrar’s account, one could deduce that the cattle were more than mere occasional visitors to the campus. They seem to be regular visitors if not permanent residents. This should be more than enough distraction in a learning environment on the norm.

Sincerely, but for the credible source of this information, it would have been hard to believe that Nigeria had degenerated to a level where cows could be competing with students and staff members for space in an ivory tower!  

Of course, FUTO is not the first university to complain about the activities of herdsmen on their campuses. The University of Ilorin and University of Uyo had at one time or the other, lodged similar complaints. It is just that the latest cry from FUTO seems to be more alarming in that the cattle there appear to be bolder and more unrestrained.

Unfortunately, cattle have been sacking pupils from classrooms in Nigeria for some time now. There are many verified videos of such invasion online. Indeed, with the way these cattle move from one level of school to the other, one might be tempted to think that the animals actually understand what it means to progress from a primary school to secondary, and then the university.

Two years ago, teachers and pupils of Ohovbe Primary School, Ikpoba, in Okha Local Government Area of Edo State, abandoned their classrooms and scampered for safety, when a herd of cattle invaded the school. The school authorities watched helplessly, not knowing what to do.

In January this year, a similar thing happened at Ideke Secondary School in the Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State as cattle and herdsmen took over the school. The school’s head teacher, Mrs Mercy Emumen, could only turn to the state ministry of education for help. Mercifully, the ministry moved into action and evacuated the cows from the classroom for normal academic activities to continue. The Ogun State Government has also had cause in the past to complain about the invasion of its schools by cattle and herdsmen. The education ministry specifically warned cattle herders to stay off the premises of its model schools. 

While cattle escaping to graze within school compounds may not be entirely strange even in the developed countries, it is still viewed as an aberration all the same. Hence, authorities step in as fast as possible to ensure normality as witnessed at a South Georgia middle and high school four years ago, when a small herd of escaped cattle decided to stop and graze at the school’s manicured lawns. The police immediately redirected the cows to where they belonged – a farm located behind the school.

Needless to say, in a country where over 10 million schoolchildren are officially out of school, it is evil omen to allow cattle chase out of classrooms those that have beaten the odds against dropping out of school.

Nigerian universities are still struggling to provide ordinary power – something that is taken for granted in many parts of the world. More than 15 years ago, a vice-chancellor in one of the nation’s first generation universities disclosed that the institution was spending over N120m per year on diesel. That was when a litre of diesel was less than N100. This gives an idea of the amount of money power alone could be gulping in many higher institutions in the country today. Just this Tuesday, two students of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti in Ekiti State, lost their lives while protesting lack of power supply to the institution. They were reportedly killed by the police that were invited to contain the situation. By the way, the Nigeria police have a lot to learn from their counterparts in Hong Kong. Thousands of people in Hong Kong have been protesting for months now but there is yet to be a record of any casualty. Shooting at unarmed citizens simply because they are demanding for their rights, is a despicable crime. 

Meanwhile, the situation in FUTO should be a major concern to all well-meaning Nigerians.  How can universities that are burdened with the task of chasing cattle away from their classrooms and campuses do what universities are meant to be doing in the 21st century? People keep complaining that Nigerian universities are nowhere to be found among top universities in the world. The few ones that appear on world universities’ ratings are far below the list. We must realize that the environment of study is as important as the quality of teaching in any institution. Besides, the negative report of cattle invading a university campus is likely to do more damage to the reputation of our institutions as a whole, than any good.  

Huawei is currently planning to spend more than $300m a year in research funding for universities all over the world. I doubt if Nigerian universities are in the picture. It is not yet late for our universities to start work on attracting some of this huge investment in human knowledge for the benefit of the citizenry and the society as a whole. This is one of the productive tasks universities should be undertaking, not the duty of chasing out cows from their classrooms in the 21st century.  

Whether we like it or not, the world will judge products of Nigerian universities based on the reports they read about these institutions. Nobody is likely to hold in high esteem any university where cows and human beings compete for learning.

Olabisi Deji-Folutile, a member of the Nigeria Guild of Editors, can be reached via bisideji@yahoo.co.uk

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Brexit: UK Needs Skilled Labour From Africa – Nigerian Graduate

jeu, 2019-09-12 22:45


 

A Nigerian graduate, who was mandated to return home after his master’s programme in Scotland, United Kingdom, has said that the two-year window recently announced for foreign students to stay back after their studies and secure jobs, was a strategy to get skilled labour from Africa.

Umeh, who obtained a master’s degree from the University of Dundee, said he found no opportunity when he returned to Nigeria.

He said, “I came back to Nigeria, I didn’t find a single opportunity.”

Former Prime Minister, Teresa May, had created a policy in 2012 that terminated the stay of foreign students four months after their degree programme ended.

But with Britain’s exit from the European Union gathering pace, her successor, Boris Johnson, is determined to reverse that rule to boost UK’s workforce.

“But, you cannot look at that issue without looking at Brexit. Brexit so far, has been a total disaster.

“The way it is going, they need skilled labour, cheap skilled labour. And where can they get it? Africa.

“You can’t talk about Africa without talking about Nigeria. And, they know the trend.

“They know Nigerian students are brilliant and hardworking.” 

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I Appoint Women To Head Finance Ministry For Inclusivity, Says Buhari

jeu, 2019-09-12 22:34


 

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he appoints women to lead the finance sector in order to ensure effective management of limited resources available and promote a stronger sense of inclusiveness.

The President said this while receiving a delegation of women leaders of the All Progressives Congress from across the country.

Buhari had appointed two women consecutively to lead the Ministry of Finance after picking Kemi Adeosun and Zainab Ahmed.

He said he preferred women to oversee the economic and financial hub of the country as they can readily deploy their experience in aligning resources with the needs of the country.

He added that Nigeria had many female technocrats with local and international experiences on economy and finance.

Buhari said, “I am happy that I can defend myself very effectively on this issue. The APC party leader is my witness. Since the coming into power of this administration, I have handed over the treasury to women.

“Even at the household level, you hand over the money to women to manage. It can be taken to the level of managing the country’s treasury as well. I have consistently given it to women. It is strategic.

“I am conscious of the leadership roles of women in the society and by my action, I have justified my belief.”

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Red Cross To Develop Finance Mechanism Schemes For North-East, Others

jeu, 2019-09-12 22:25


 

The International Committee of the Red Cross on Thursday said that it would develop five to 10 finance mechanism schemes in conflict ridden areas around the globe beginning with the North-Eastern region of Nigeria.

President of the organisation, Peter Maurer, said this would reduce the dependence on aid convoys, Reuters reports.

“With longer, more protracted conflicts, we need to give people income opportunities.

“Even if they are in refugee camps, even if they are in internally displaced person camps, they want to do something.”

The plan would see the Red Cross pair financing schemes to projects in violence-prone areas.

Maurer said Nigeria’s cash-rich businesses and violent habitats makes it a healthy ground for the experiment. 

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$9.8bn Judgment: Nigerian Demands AGF’s Resignation Within Seven Days

jeu, 2019-09-12 22:15


Abubakar Malami

Abubakar Malami

 

Executive Director of Centre for Public Accountability, Olufemi Lawson, has asked Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to resign within seven days over the $9.8bn judgment against the Federal Government of Nigeria for breach of contract involving Process and Industrial Development Limited.

Lawson, in an open letter to the AGF, expressed his disappointment at Malami’s show of incompetence at how he handled the court processes.

He also knocked the AGF for not taking necessary steps when President Muhammadu Buhari's administration took over at a time when the reparation cost stood at just $850m.

He said, “Without equivocation, we wish to state that the unfortunate situation we have found ourselves today cannot be other than as a result of your incompetence as the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation.

“It is, therefore, our patriotic demand, that you honorably resign your appointment as our country's Attorney-General.

“Your continued stay in that position has far reaching implications on us as a nation beyond the present controversial $9.8bn judgment debt.”

Lawson noted that the court judgment had brought national embarrassment to the country, adding that investors could also be discouraged from setting up businesses in Nigeria.

He said that his organisation and other anti-corruption groups in the country would be embarking on a mass protest if Malami refused to resign within seven days.

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BREAKING: Hundreds Flee Borno Towns As Terrorists Attack Again

jeu, 2019-09-12 22:05


 

Hundreds of civilians have fled their homes as a result of Boko Haram attacks in Gubio and Nganzai council areas of Borno State on Thursday.

According to local sources, many of the fleeing residents are hidden in bushes as the insurgents continue to shoot into the air to create fear.

The attack on both villages occurred simultaneously around 6:30pm while the magnitude of the havoc wreaked by the terrorists is not known as at the time of this report.

Recall that Governor Umara Zulum had visited GajiGanna on Wednesday to plead with residents not to leave the town, saying his administration will do everything to protect them.


 

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Vat Increase: Businesses In Lagos To Pay 12.2 Per Cent On Goods, Services

jeu, 2019-09-12 21:53


 

Businesses in Lagos will pay 12.2 per cent on the sale of goods and services once the 7.2 per cent Value Added Tax increase comes into force.

An analyst with Afrinvest, Adedayo Bakare, pointed this to SaharaReporters on Wednesday during a chat.

The Lagos State Government had since collected tax from restaurants and other retailers under a sales tax law despite a Supreme Court ruling against such in September 2018.

Bakare while speaking with SaharaReporters, said, “In Lagos, consumption tax is already 10 per cent because Lagos State charges five per cent VAT and there is also another consumption tax of five per cent.

“So, for Lagos State, automatically, consumption tax is 12.2 per cent.” 

Citing the data on VAT collection given by Nigeria’s former Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, in 2018, Bakare said only about four states were generating most of the VAT, adding that the tax burden on just a few is disproportionate.

“Meanwhile, when they generate all these money, they will share it between 36 states when most of the money is generated in just four states.”

While admitting that the hike in VAT was not wrong, Bakare said there was a more urgent need to keep widening the tax net.

He added, “It is important that they widen the tax net to bring more informal businesses to the formal sector.”

 

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Nigerian Government Directs NCC To Block Over Nine Million Unregistered SIM Cards

jeu, 2019-09-12 21:52


 

Nigerians, who own unregistered SIM cards, might face trouble as government is set to block over nine million of such item.

The Nigerian Communications Commission had in June 2019 called on telecom consumers to heed its warning and stop patronising sellers of SIM cards that have been pre-registered because anyone found using (or selling or otherwise transacting with) such will be fined and jailed upon conviction.

A statement by the Federal Ministry of Communication on Thursday disclosed that Dr Isa Patanmi, the minister, had directed the NCC to block all such SIM cards until their users present themselves.

The statement reads, “As at today, preliminary investigation revealed that we have over nine million unregistered SIM cards in Nigeria.

“I have directed the NCC to immediately block those numbers until the users present themselves.”





 

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You Have No Power To Seal Edo Assembly, Court Tells NASS

jeu, 2019-09-12 21:49


 

The Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has said that the National Assembly lacks the power to order the closure of Edo State House of Assembly.

Presiding Judge, Justice Kolawole Omotosho, gave the verdict on Wednesday, following a lawsuit filed by Deputy Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Yekini Idiaye, and Henry Okhuarobo, a member of the House.

The two lawmakers had approached the court to decide if the National Assembly had the right to seal the state chambers.

Delivering judgment on the matter, Omotosho said it was only the court that could direct the National Assembly to take over or seal the Edo State House of Assembly.

He said, “There is nothing before the court showing that the Edo State House of Assembly is unable to sit.

“Some elected members have been inaugurated. The House has been carrying out its legislative duties.

“The National Assembly lacks the power to take over the Edo State House of Assembly. The House of Assembly is not an appendage of the National Assembly.

“The National Assembly lacks the power to seal or direct anybody to seal the Edo State House of Assembly.

“The Nigerian constitution is a federal constitution and the National Assembly cannot unilaterally decide that Edo State House of Assembly is in crisis and seal same.

“It is only a court that has the power to make findings, particularly after listening to parties, to decide if the National Assembly can take over a House of Assembly.”

 

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University Of Lagos Staff Commits Suicide After Being Asked To Face Disciplinary Panel

jeu, 2019-09-12 21:46


  

 

A staff of the University of Lagos, Sunday Meshioye, has committed suicide after allegedly ingesting a popular insecticide.

A source within the university, who spoke with SaharaReporters said, “We are all shocked about how he suddenly killed himself.

“He was supposed to face a disciplinary panel for an issue they said he was involved in.”

Another staff of the University who only wants to be identified as Rashid, said, “They finally pushed him to do it.

“They had set up a disciplinary committee because a bus he was driving for the school caught fire and burnt. He took the poisonous substance a day after he was told he would be punished for the burnt vehicle.”

The late Meshioye was rushed to UNILAG Medical Centre before he was transferred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Idi Araba where he died.

He is said to be survived by a wife and three children.

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Continue Free School Feeding If You Want Our Children To Attend Classes, Man Tells Gombe Governor

jeu, 2019-09-12 21:02


The Guardian Nigeria

 

A man with 14 children, Musa Malala, has told Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State to continue the Federal Government’s school feeding programme if he wants their children to go back to the classroom.

Malala made the appeal while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Dukku Local Government Area of Gombe.

He disclosed that since the initiative was stopped, parents in the community had found it difficult to convince their children to return to school.

He said, “I am a father of 14 children with two wives and it has not been easy for me to send my children to school.

“Many children have stopped going to school because the school feeding programme has stopped. All they keep saying is, ‘No food, no school’.

“It has been difficult for parents to convince them to go back to school with the stoppage of the school feeding programme.

“I am calling on Governor Inuwa Yahaya to pick up the programme to encourage all these kids who are out of school to go back to school.

“It will really help the school win back the pupils.”

 

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Girl Gets 80 Strokes Of Cane For Smoking Marijuana In Kaduna

jeu, 2019-09-12 20:55


 

A 19-year-old girl in Kaduna, Zainab Abdullahi, was on Thursday sentenced a, to 80 strokes of the cane for smoking marijuana in public by a Shari’a Court 1 sitting in the Magajin Gari area of the state.

The judgment was handed down by the court led by Malam Muhammad Shehu-Adamu after the teenager pleaded guilty to the offence.

According to the judge, 80 strokes of cane was a punishment stipulated for people, who took intoxicants, adding that the punishment cannot be reversed.

Prosecutor, Ibrahim Shuaibu, told the court that the young lady was arrested while smoking marijuana on the road.

He also told the court that the convict had been sentenced before and was serving a jail term due to her inability to pay a fine of N7,000, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.


 

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EFCC Arrests Nigerian Impersonating UN Official To Defraud Women

jeu, 2019-09-12 20:27


 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said it has arrested two suspected Internet fraudsters specialised in stealing people’s identities online to defraud foreign nationals.

In a tweet on Wednesday, the EFCC said the suspects, Akeju Crown Babatunde, 31, and Agbanah Toba, 35, were arrested at different locations in Ibadan, Oyo State, following intelligence gathered on their alleged involvement in Internet fraud.

The tweet reads, “After diligent examination of data and documents retrieved from them, the commission was able to establish enough ground for prosecuting the suspects for acts contrary to the provisions of Cybercrime Prohibition, Prevention Act, 2015, and would be accordingly charged to court soon.

“Akeju, for instance, was found mining information from online sites and was in possession of personal information and addresses of several Americans, who had fallen victim to his fraudulent act at different times.

“The suspect usually operated with two email accounts – one personal and one other supposedly official – to penetrate his victims and dispossess them of their hard-earned money.

“EFCC’s investigations also established Akeju’s deployment of fake identity to engage foreigners in romantic affairs with the intention to defraud them.

“Findings revealed various lodgements from his foreign victims into his Nigerian bank accounts.

“Agbanah’s case is not too different. He had admitted in his confessional statement with the commission to be falsely representing himself as one Chris Dan, a 40-year-old Briton, working with the United Nations.

“He confessed to have used the white man’s picture to lure his victims into romantic relationships and thereafter solicit for money from them allegedly to enable him to pay for his flight ticket to visit them.

“After much familiarisation, he would then device other tricks to swindle them the more.

“At the point of their arrest, the EFCC recovered one iPhone XS Max and one Toyota Venza from Akeju, while Agbanah was in possession of one Toyota Venza, one Toyota Camry, two Macbook, one Apple Ipad, one iPhone XS Max, one iPhone 5, one Infinix phone, two hard drives, and one HP printer.”

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Consider Women For Leadership Positions, CAN Tells Government

jeu, 2019-09-12 20:03


 

The Christian Association of Nigeria has called on government at all levels in the country to consider handing strategic leadership roles to women of proven character and integrity in the society.

According to President of CAN, Dr Samson Ayokunle, the move would enhance peace and stability in the country.

Ayokunle made the call in Abuja on Thursday during an event organised by Christian Aid.

Represented by the National Chairperson of CAN’s women wing, Deaconess Victoria Ehiselo, Ayokunle said, “The Nigerian political scene has been dominated by men from inception and it has long been believed that men are the only ones with the capacity to make decisions.

“This style of leadership is also to a very large extent responsible for the pathetic condition that women have found themselves in the country because men are assumed to be stronger and wiser.” Speaking further, the CAN President said that it had become necessary for women to gain political seats by obtaining empowerment and becoming their own agent of positive change, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.


 

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Okowa, Health Minister Decry Nigeria’s High Maternal Mortality Rate

jeu, 2019-09-12 19:56


Round Table: Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, and Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire

Round Table: Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, and Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire Health Ministry

 

Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, and Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, have expressed worry over Nigeria’s high maternal mortality rate, calling for urgent steps to be taken to address the situation.

Speaking during the opening of the 62nd National Council on Health meeting in Asaba, the state capital, Ehanire said all stakeholders must work together to ensure that maternal deaths is reduced by over 90 per cent (less than 3000 maternal per year) by 2030.

He said, “In spite of all efforts, women and babies die needlessly; this concern made Federal Ministry of Health to engage other stakeholders to develop a strategic roadmap for action to be a springboard to accelerate reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality.”

In his remarks, Okowa said that a review of the second national strategic development plan was imperative to enhance practicality of its operationalisation in view of the fiscal constraints the country was currently facing.

He said, “Of utmost priority is the need to develop viable and sustainable frameworks that would address both maternal and child morbidity and mortality.

“These frameworks must include the private sector support as they serve as a strategic source of healthcare service delivery enhancement.

“This is necessary because it is important that interventions are focused on outcomes rather than inputs as these help to ensure that available resources are judiciously utilised.”

 

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Bandits Displaced More Persons In Nigeria Than Boko Haram In First Half Of 2019 –Report

jeu, 2019-09-12 19:37


 

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre said in a report released on Thursday that criminal violence in North-West Nigeria as well as farmer-herder clashes in the Middle Belt region, displaced more persons than Boko Haram insurgency did in the first half of 2019.

According to the report, 140,000 persons were forced to leave their homes between January and June.

The report said, “Criminal violence in North-West Nigeria and clashes between herders and farmers in the Middle Belt region forced more people to flee than the Boko Haram insurgency.”

Across the globe, 10.8million people were displaced by storms, flood and conflict while 3.8million of that figure was down to conflicts.

It added that climate change-powered natural disasters drove 7million people out of their homes.

“These figures are alarmingly high, particularly as we are only half way through the year.

“They show that the causes of conflict and inequality are not being addressed, and that displacement is creating cyclical patterns of crisis and vulnerability,” Alexandra Bilak, IDMC’s director said in a statement.

 

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Increasing VAT Will Cause Inflation, Analyst Warns

jeu, 2019-09-12 19:10


 

Public affairs analyst, Makut Macham, has described the planned hike in Value Added Tax as a hole being dug by the Nigerian Government, which will cause inflation at the end.

The government had stated that there will be an increase in the VAT from its current rate of 5.5 per cent to 7.2 per cent.

It also said there will be a 0.005 per cent tax on the profits of companies to be set aside for the Police Trust Fund.

The move is expected to generate more revenue for the government.

Macham, who spoke with SaharaReporters on Wednesday, said although it looks attractive, the policy would in the long term affect ordinary Nigerians.

He said, “On the surface this looks like a solution to the problem that we have on ground but when you dig deep, you will realise that there are a lot of loop holes to this government's policy considering the standard of living of Nigerians and the level of unemployment.

“Those that are in support of this policy have argued that our current VAT rate is one of the lowest and even countries like Ghana charge higher rates.

“Most of these countries have designed their VAT systems to be able to serve the masses by charging VAT on big and medium businesses and using the proceeds to take care of poor masses while our VAT system on the other hand looks a bit faulty.

“This policy if not planned out well and will end up only making Nigerians pay more while government earns less.”

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