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Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Saturday, 2nd February, 2017.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
FORMER President Goodluck Jonathan said on Friday that a statement credited to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola on February 1 has vindicated the former administration on the management of the economy.
Jonathan, in a statement on his behalf by his Special Assistant on New Media, Reno Omokri, said that the previous declarations that President Muhammadu Buhari inherited a collapsed economy were demolished when Fashola stated clearly on February 1 that Buhari inherited one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

The statement indicated that since Buhari took over on May 29, 2015, both the President and the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed had projected false narratives to the effect that the Jonathan administration and the Peoples Democratic Party, destroyed Nigeria’s economy and handed over a collapsed polity.

The statement quoted the President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu as saying on August 14, 2017, thus:

“With due respects to the former President Dr Goodluck Jonathan, these are the facts about the economy you left behind, in case you have forgotten. I hope this will help to erase the wrong statement credited to you at your party, the PDP Convention at the Eagle Square last weekend that you handed to President Buhari a robustly healthy economy. Let me start by reasserting an obvious statement, which is that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was handed an economy ravaged by years of mismanagement and corruption.”

It also quoted Lai Mohammed as also saying on January 26, 2018, as saying in an interview with the Sun: “I think it will be tragedy for this country for PDP to come back because they have not even apologised to the nation for how they had destroyed our economy,
destroyed our infrastructure, destroyed our quality, and so far from their campaign, ask them how they will do it better when they get there.”

The statement, however, indicated that Jonathan was vindicated when Fashola in an attempt to provide excuses for lack of stable electricity in the country made a slip that justified Jonathan’s government.
The statement read: “However, in keeping with the principle that no matter how far and fast falsehood has travelled, it must eventually be overtaken by truth, Babatunde Raji Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, has exposed both his boss, President Buhari, and his colleague…Lai Mohammed, as liars who will say anything, no matter how untrue, to cling to power and demonise former President Jonathan and the PDP.

“Speaking on February 1, 2018, at a civil society engagement workshop on the Power Sector Recovery Programme in Abuja, Fashola in trying to defend himself from allegations of ineptitude as regards the epileptic power supply in the country ended up vindicating both Dr Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP, albeit unintentionally.

“At that event, Mr Fashola said: “We hear all our so-called experts who say (non-availability of) power is why the economy of Nigeria is not growing. That is not factual and it is not correct. At the time when we had less power in 2013 and 2014, the economy of this country was growing at seven per cent per annum.

“We had less power then than we have now, but the economy was growing.”

“Nigerians can now see that Mr Fashola, in a Freudian slip, was made by God, to expose the truth that his boss, his party and his colleagues have been trying to suppress for the past three years, namely that former President Jonathan developed and grew Nigeria’s economy at an unprecedented and consistent growth rate of over 6% per annum and handed over a thriving economy that was projected by CNNMoney to be the third fastest growing economy in the world when Dr Jonathan handed over power to President Buhari.

“Unfortunately, due to the ineptitude of the Buhari administration, a booming economy became an economy in recession in just one year under the All Progressive Congress.

“And this is not the only recent example of the vindication of former
President Jonathan by the Buhari administration.

“Only recently, lying Lai Mohammed responded to the letter by former President Olusegun Obasanjo by claiming that the Buhari administration had increased the nation’s foreign reserve from the $24 billion it met it to $40 billion.

“The question for Lai Mohammed is this: From who did Buhari inherit the $24 billion? From ghosts? From Killer Fulani herdsmen?

In light of the vindicating statements by Raji Fashola, I hereby call on both President Muhammadu Buhari and Lai Mohammed to tender an unreserved apology to former President Jonathan and the PDP and to henceforth commit to returning Nigeria’s economy at least to the state that they met it when Dr Jonathan handed over power to them on May 28, 2015.”

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
FOLLOWING the triggering of the Open Data Initiate of the Automatic Exchange of Tax  Information (AETI) on January 1, 2018, Nigeria has begun to receive hoardes of information from other countries on bank accounts, and property owned by Nigerians abroad.

Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, confirmed this on Friday in Abuja during the presentation of Progress Report on Tax Laws Reform by the Vice Chairman of the National Tax Policy Implementation Committee, Mr Taiwo Oyedele.

The minister expressed satisfaction with the data being supplied to Nigeria by foreign countries under the AETI, to which the country became a party in January 2018.

“The data received in Nigeria with regard to overseas assets held by Nigerians has been impressive and will underpin a long term improvement in the nation’s tax to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ration and in turn, will improve life for the masses.

“The data on bank accounts and property and trusts, which has come automatically from a number of countries is being used to support the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) by allowing the tax authorities to check the accuracy of declarations received.

“The Federal Government is also using the data to generate ‘nudge’ letters which are being sent to those identified as being potential tax defaulters,” said Adeosun, while responding to questions raised by newsmen during the submission of progress report on tax laws reform.

She disclosed that Nigeria had written to a number of countries to request specific information about offshore trusts and bank accounts held by its citizens.

The minister advised users of offshore structures to take advantage of VAIDS to regularise their taxes before the expiry of the amnesty programme.

“The offshore tax shelter system is basically over. Those who have hidden money overseas are being exposed and whilst Nigerians can legally keep their money anywhere in the world, they must first pay any taxes due to the Nigerian Government so that we can fund the needs of the masses and create jobs and wealth for our people.

“The moral argument against illicit financial flows and tax evasion and the strong international co-operation are such that every Nigerian tax payer should do the right thing. The needs of our people for development override any other argument against payment of tax,” she stated.

Adeosun stressed the need for a sustainable revenue that could deliver infrastructural development for Nigeria and improve the tax to GDP ratio of the country.

She assured that the Federal Government would build a robust tax system and implement the recommendations by the National Tax Policy Implementation Committee (NTPIC) on tax laws reform.

Earlier in the address, the NTPIC Vice Chairman, Mr Taiwo Oyedele, who represented the chairman, said the committee considered three major policy documents namely, the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), the National Tax Policy and Ease of Doing Business Plan.

He disclosed that the committee agreed that tax reforms should align with overall government objectives as articulated in these documents, such that every action or recommendations would promote and catalyse the realisation of overall objectives.

The committee, according to him, identified the seven major tax areas that would have the highest impact. These include: Company Income Tax (CIT), Value Added Tax (VAT), Customs & Excise Tariff (CET), Personal Income Tax (PIT), Pension Contributions, Industrial Development Income Tax Relief (IDITR); and Tertiary Education Trust Fund.

He disclosed that the proposed changes to the tax laws would achieve the following specific objectives: increase and diversify government revenue, simplify paying taxes and doing business, promote micro, small and medium enterprises, protect most vulnerable persons in the society, and remove obsolete, ambiguous and contradictory provisions in the law.

Oyedele added that the committee’s work resulted in two executive orders and five amendment bills.

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
A midnight fire wiped off property worth millions of naira including a block of rooms around the Odoota area of Ilorin metropolis, Kwara State on Thursday night.

Saturday Tribune gathered that the affected building located along Kilometre 1, Lagos-Ogbomosho bye pass, was used mainly as office and workshop by some artisans.

The affected occupants, who bemoaned their losses, have appealed for help from government and philanthropists to ameliorate their situation.

One of the victims, Alhaji Akindele Moshood, who said he lost one Toyota Hilux Van, Caterpillar spare parts, six generating sets, heavy duty tyres, fridges and other valuables including huge amount of  cash, said that the fire started around 11.00pm long after all of occupants had closed for the day.

Moshood, who is President of Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Kwara State chapter, said although eyewitness and neighbours helped to call men of the fire brigade in the state, their arrival was much too late to salvage the situation.

When our reporter visited the scene yesterday, officials of the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, who owned the burnt Hilux Van that was under repair at the workshop, were seen inspecting the premises. They however refused to speak with newsmen on the incident.

Residents and eyewitnesses appealed to the state government to make the fire service more proactive in cases of emergency arguing that if the service had arrived on time the situation might have been saved.

Some of the victims of the incident were observed packing debris of their losses from the site as at the time of filing this report. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Niger state has said it has handed over the eight Fuel laden trucks in its custody to the state's Depot of the Petroleum Pipelines Marketing CompanyPPMC} in Minna, [...]The post Impounded 429,000 Liters of PMS in Niger appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
GOVERNOR Rauf Aregbesola of Osun on Thursday tasked public servants in Nigeria to be more productive and efficient in the discharge of their duties, saying the development of the nations economy is predicated on their [...]The post Aregbesola tasks workforce to be more productive, efficient appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
BAYELSA State Government has concluded plans to build tank farms for petroleum products in the state as a reservoir to cushion the adverse effects arising from scarcity of petroleum products on people in the state. [...]The post Fuel scarcity: Bayelsa govt unfolds plan to build tank farm appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met separately with Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state and his predecessor in office, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole at the presidential villa, Abuja. Emerging from the meeting, Obaseki, who was the [...]The post Buhari meets Edo governor, ex-governor in Aso Rock appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
ONDO State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has reiterated his promise to run a government where capacity building and service delivery would be the watchword. The governor also charged political appointees and the top echelon of [...]The post Akeredolu charges political appointees on excellent service delivery appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The Presidency on Friday expressed dismay at what it said was hate speech in media reports and commentaries on the recent killings in Benue state blamed on Fulani herdsmen. Senior Special Assistant to the president [...]The post Benue Killings: Stop attacks on Buhari 'Presidency appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
A coalition of 22 political parties on Friday met behind a closed door in Abuja to strategies for next year's general elections, even as they raised sub-committees on peace and security among others. The political [...]The post 22 parties meet in Abuja, form alliance ahead 2019 appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has assured that Nigeria had no regret fighting the scourge of apartheid in South Africa until a fully democratic system was established in the country. Speaking while receiving the outgoing South African [...]The post No regrets fighting apartheid in South Africa 'Buhari appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
A new study brings some concerning news for the millions of us who experience migraine attacks; scientists found that a migraine may increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other forms of cardiovascular disease. [...]The post Migraine, a 'risk factor' for heart disease appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Following the decision of the 'Fresh PDP' to end its struggle against the parent Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Deputy Editor, LEON USIGBE, writes on its rise and fall. Last weekend, it emerged that a group [...]The post The rise and fall of 'Fresh PDP' appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
THE Presidency on Friday expressed dismay at what it said was hate speech in media reports and commentaries on the recent killings in Benue state blamed on Fulani herdsmen. Senior Special Assistant to the [...]The post Herdsmen killings: Presidency accuses Nigerian media of hate speech appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
THE governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has appointed Mrs Hannah Olawunmi Ogunesan as the new Head of Service of the state. She will take over from Mr Soji Eniade, who retired [...]The post Ogunesan becomes Oyo Head of Service appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Dear Yemisi, I am a 28-year-old lady. I am a university graduate working in oil and gas company based in Edo State. I was born and raised in Osun State. I am equally an indigene [...]The post Is this normal' appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday filed a two-count criminal charge against the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Yakubu Umar, trying Senate President Bukola Saraki on an allegation [...]The post FG files charges against CCT chairman appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The presence of stern-looking soldiers has heightened tension in Gboko, the traditional seat of the Tiv nation in Benue State. It was gathered that the soldiers moved into the ancient town on Thursday with five [...]The post Tension in Benue over deployment of troops in Gboko appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Crime Editor, Oluwatoyin Malik was at a village in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State where a 30-year-old mother of three and her three-month-old baby were shot at and killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen [...]The post Fulani herdsmen kill woman, 3-month old daughter in Ibadan appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Veteran actor Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD) has advised people searching for true love on social media to be cautious so as not to fall into the snare lies of `I love you`. RMD in his Instagram [...]The post True love is not found on social media, says RMD appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
My husband has a sugar-coated tongue and is a pathological liar. Ifelt proud and convinced I had made the right choice when we met but was devastated when Idiscovered who he really is. I've had [...]The post My herbalist-husband lied he was a travel agent, duped my sister of N200, 000, already has nine wives 'Woman appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The rage has subsided but the fire isn't completely out. OLALEKAN OLABULO, AYOMIDE OWONIBI-ODEKANYIN and MATTHEW ASABOR dug into an infamous open rape case and the potential for it to happen again. About eight months [...]The post Government moves to avert fresh rape in Lagos schools appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District speaks with Northern Bureau Chief, MUHAMMAD SABIU, on his alleged romance with the People's Redemption Party (PRP), herdsmen/farmers crisis, the 2019 presidential election, among other issues. Excerpts: [...]The post Hersdmen: Buhari must call his aides to order 'Senator Shehu Sani appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Kenya's three leading TV stations were off the air for a fourth day Friday as police prevented the delivery of a court order to restore their transmissions after they tried to broadcast opposition leader Raila [...]The post Kenya's top TV stations remain off air despite court shutdown suspension appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner has released its first report on the death of Mark Salling. The disgraced Glee star died on Tuesday in the early morning hours and his body was found in [...]The post Mark Salling autopsy report fails to confirm that actor committed suicide appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Three of Kenyas largest private TV channels remain off the air, despite an order by the countrys High Court suspending a shutdown. The government cut off KTN, NTV, and Citizen TV over plans to broadcast [...]The post Kenya TV channels still off air despite court order appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
About a month after the presentation of the 2018 budget by governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, the State House of Assembly on Friday passed the 2018 appropriation bill into law. The House unanimously passed [...]The post Ondo Assembly passes N181B 2018 Budget. appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
FOLLOWING the triggering of the Open Data Initiate of the Automatic Exchange of Tax Information (AETI) on January 1, 2018, Nigeria has began to receive hordes of information from other countries on bank accounts, and [...]The post FG receives data on Nigerians overseas investments appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
EnergyNet Limited has announced its 4th Powering Africa: Summit (PAS). The event will take place from 28th February 2nd March 2018 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington, D.C. The annual Powering Africa: Summit [...]The post EnergyNet set for 4th annual powering Africa summit appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
FLOUR Mills of Nigeria (FMN) Plc has said it will strengthen its capital position with the on-going N39.9 billion rights issue. Flourmill is raising N39.9 billion by way of Rights Issue by offering 1.47 billion [...]The post Flour Mills to strengthen capital position with N40bn Rights appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
Nigeria's population of over 186 million and reputation as a country with the largest GDP ($404.6bn) in Africa should ordinarily make her a leader in the areas of financial access and inclusion statistics, but this [...]The post Capricorn continues efforts to champion financial inclusion in Nigeria appeared first on Tribune. 

Sat, 03 Feb 2018
THE National Productivity Centre (NPC) and the Japanese Government have collaborated to improve productivity in Nigeria's manufacturing sector toward boosting economic development and standard of living. This hint was dropped at the 2nd Productivity Promotion [...]The post Nigeria partners Japan to improve productivity appeared first on Tribune. 

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