February 6, 2020

FG Slashes Visa Fees For US Citizens

The Federal Government has slashed its visa application charges for citizens of the United States from $180 to $160.   The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the old amount comprised $160 as visa fee and $20 as “processing and expedient fees”.   According to the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr Muhammad Babandede, the reduction followed a review of the U.S.’ visa reciprocity policy for Nigeria.   Babandede stated this in a Feb. 5 memo marked NIS/HQ/CGI/806/7 and addressed to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   In August, 2019, the U.S. government imposed additional visa fees on Nigerians in retaliation for the “treatment [Read]

Collect Tax On Carbonated Drinks – Customs Tells FG

The Nigeria Customs Service has called on the federal government to broaden its excise tax net to include carbonated drinks.   The Comptroller General of the Service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), made the call at a public hearing by the House of Representatives Committee on Finance on Thursday.   He said the move will help the service step up its efforts in revenue collection to meet up its revenue target.   According to him, as at present, excise duty is being collected on alcoholic beverages and tobacco because of their effects on health.   He, therefore, said that carbonated drinks are also injurious to health like tobacco and alcohol, saying [Read]

Doctors In Diaspora: How FG Frustrated Us When We Offered To Improve Healthcare

The Diaspora Professional Health Initiative (DPHI) has accused the federal government of frustrating its efforts to improve healthcare in the country.   The association comprise of Nigerian medical practitioners who are based in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, South Africa, among others.   A member of the association, who did not want to be named, told TheCable that those in DPHI were inspired by other professionals from the African continent, especially Ethiopians, who are now being supported by the Medical school of University of Toronto, Canada, to create more solutions in their country.   He said for three years, they worked on strategies they could use in sharing [Read]

How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola

..Intercepted 17 suitcases loaded with explosives, prosecuted suspects   Minister for Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola on Thursday narrated how attempt by terrorists to bomb Lagos State in 2013 was foiled.   Fashola who was governor of the state at the time said they intercepted 17 suitcases loaded with explosives which were smuggled in to wreak havoc.   He disclosed this while delivering a lecture titled “Insecurity: Taking actions against organised crime” at the fourth annual public lecture of the United Action for Change (UAC) held in Lagos.   Noting that security was not the job of law enforcement agencies alone, Fashola said the suitcases were discovered with the help [Read]

Insecurity: CAN, NSCIA clash, US asks FG to protect Nigerians

The United States has advised the Federal Government to do more in protecting Nigerians and humanitarian organisations that are assisting the country in the face of activities of Boko Haram insurgents and other religious and ethnic violence.   The US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, made the call in Washington DC on Tuesday during a joint media briefing he had with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, after the US-Nigeria Bi-national Commission meeting.   Pompeo made the call amidst increasing attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on aid workers and residents of the North-East as well as the rising killings by bandits in other parts of the country, particularly, [Read]

Reps Reject Innoson Suvs As Official Vehicles

The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, exhibited its disdain for made-in Nigeria products as it refused to patronise locally made vehicles for members’ oversight.   Recall that year in – year out, the lawmakers meet behind closed doors, tagged executive sessions to discuss their welfare benefits, among which are allowances and type of utility vehicles for their oversight functions among other issues.   However at Wednesday’s plenary, where it had an executive session as the only business of the day, it was reliably gathered that the lawmakers declined a suggestion from a House member to purchase SUVs for members from Innoson Motors based in Nnewi, Anambra State.   Sources said [Read]

NECO Releases November/December 2019 SSCE Result

The National Examination Council (NECO) has released the results of the 2019 November/December Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE).   Mr Abubakar Gana, Acting Registrar of the council, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.   Gana said that a total of 70,140 candidates registered for the examination, and 65,207 sat for English Language out of which 41,214, representing 63 per cent, got either Distinction or Credit.   Also, Provide proof of revenue remittances, Reps tells CAC.   He added that 66,398 candidates sat for Mathematics, out of which 54,565, representing 82.18 per cent, got either Distinction or Credit.   The acting registrar said 33,576 candidates, representing 48.68 [Read]

CAN Debunks Allegation Of Enugu Government Building Islamic Centre In Uwani

CAN debunks allegation of Enugu govt building Islamic Centre in Uwani   …Commends Gov. Ugwuanyi for Chapel project at Govt House   The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Enugu State Chapter, has debunked the online report accusing the Enugu State Government of building an Islamic Centre at Uwani, Enugu, describing it as “false and misleading”.   In a statement by the State Secretary of CAN, Apostle Dr. Joseph Ajujungwa, the Christian body disclosed that the state government “recently approved to build a Chapel of Worship at the Government House, Enugu, not an Islamic Centre, as being mischievously peddled on social media”.   Apostle Ajujungwa stated that CAN is happy with [Read]

Georgina Rodriguez Gifts Ronaldo Mercedes BRABUS Of N242m On His 35th Birthday

Cristiano Ronaldo was left stunned on Wednesday evening as girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez lavished him with a luxury car for his 35th birthday.       The Juventus striker appeared to be lost for words after being surprised with a brand new Mercedes Benz BRABUS following a dinner date at Turin’s Ristorante Casa Fiore.   Confetti reigned down on an unsuspecting Ronaldo as he made his way onto the street, where the 888 horsepower vehicle – which can sell for as much as £600,000 (N242 million) – had been adorned with a large red bow.   Capturing the moment in a short Instagram video, Georgina, 26, looked on as Portuguese footballer [Read]

7.5% VAT On Phone CALLS, SMS – FIRS Incharge – Pantami

7.5 percent VAT on calls, texts: All complaints should be directed to FIRS, Pantami tells subscribers   The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami has urged Telecoms subscribers who wish to know the details of the 7.5 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on voice calls and text messages to approach the Federal Inland Revenue (FIRS) for clarification.   The Minister said this call became necessary following the continued inquiries by Telecoms subscribers in his office regarding the deduction of 7.5 per cent VAT by some mobile network operators.   The spokesman to the Minister, Mrs Uwa Suleiman in a statement issued on Thursday, said the issues [Read]

University Of Ibadan: Our Auditor Went Blind While Working On Accounts – Bursar

Abuja – The Bursar of the University of Ibadan (UI), Michael Alatise, on Thursday shocked members of the House of Representatives’ Public Accounts Committee when he informed them that his institution could not render audited accounts because the external Auditor engaged to do it became blind on the job. This was just as the lawmakers discovered that the said blind external Auditor was still being paid retainership by the University as recent as last year. The panel, on hearing this, expressed surprised because the Bursar was taking the House Committee, and by extension the whole country, for a ride, just as it ordered a full investigation into the University’s activities. [Read]