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Politicians buying PVCs from voters INEC chair
Tue, 08 Jan 2019

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has raised the alarm that some politicians have been buying up Permanent Voter Cards or inducing voters financially to collect the Voter Identification Numbers.

The chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, raised the alarm on Monday during its quarterly consultative meeting with political parties in Abuja, where he presented the 2019 voter register and electoral guidelines to the parties.

He said, “A new method of vote-buying is being devised. We have received credible information that some partisan actors are now going round buying up PVCs from voters or financially inducing them to collect the VINs on their PVCs.

“In some instances, telephone numbers and details of bank accounts of voters have been collected. By collecting the PVCs, their intention may be to deprive the voters of voting since no one can vote without the PVC. By collecting their phone numbers and bank details, the intention is to induce voters by electronic transfer of funds to their accounts since it will be difficult to buy votes at polling units.

“By collecting the VINs, they may be acting on the mistaken notion that our system can be hacked into and the card readers somehow preloaded ahead of election and compromised. We want to assure Nigerians that we are aware of the new tricks. It is a futile effort; we will work with security agencies to deal with the violators of our electoral laws, including those who may be trying to compromise our staff responsible for making the PVCs available for collection by the legitimate voters.”

The commission also vowed to keep a close watch on political parties by monitoring their campaign finances.

Yakubu said, “As campaigns are going on nationwide, the commission will keep very close watch on campaign finance. In particular, we shall closely monitor spending by parties and candidates as well as individual and group donations to campaign organisations. We will discharge this regulatory responsibility diligently.

“The commission has designed campaign finance reporting forms to ensure compliance with the reporting requirements by parties. The EC16C for annual finance reporting by parties, the EC16D for income (including contributions and donations) and EC16E on party expenditure are already available on the commission’s website.”

He told political parties there was no change in the number of polling units and voting points used for 2015 General Elections and the 2016 area council elections in the Federal Capital Territory, adding that any information to the contrary was utterly baseless and should be disregarded.

The INEC chairman advised leaders of political parties to start compiling lists of party agents for submission not later than 14 days to the election, in line with the timetable and schedule of activities for the 2019 General Elections.

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DSS accuses man of attempting to print counterfeit N20bn
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Oladimeji Ramon The Department of State Services on Monday commenced the trial of one Mr John Elem, who was accused of attempting to print counterfeit naira notes, worth N20bn. Elem was charged before Justice Saliu Saidu at the Federal High Court in Lagos. The prosecuting counsel for the DSS, E.K. Ugwu, said the defendant violated
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Capital investment critical to technology growth in Nigeria Cellulant
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Feyisayo Popoola Cellulant, a digital payments provider in Africa, has said economic opportunity and capital investment are critical to the success of technology and firms in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa. The Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cellulant Nigeria, Mr Bolaji Akinboro, while speaking at a conference in London, said the business of agriculture was mostly
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Higher education should reassert universal values
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Higher education has a key role to play in countering the spread of populism, nationalism and tackling global challenges such as poverty and climate change, by reasserting universal values of human dignity and the value of science and research, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations education chief, Stefania Giannini, said. Competition between universities
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Court bars Rivers APC candidates from 2019 elections
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Chukwudi Akasike and Sampson Itode The Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to expunge the names of candidates representing the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State in the February and March 2019 general elections. The presiding judge, Justice James Omotosho, gave this order on Monday while
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INEC trains 850,000
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Ada Wodu, Calabar The Independent National Electoral Commission has said 850,000 members of staff, including ad hoc staff, will be trained for the 2019 General Elections. The first phase of the training, which began in Calabar on Monday, involves state training officers and assistant training officers from the 36 states of the country. They will
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Buratai visits Shagari family
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Yusuf Buratai, has visited the family of the late President Shehu Shagari and offered his condolences to the members. Buratai, took time off his operational visit to the 8 Division Area of Responsibility, to visit the Shagari family. The COAS, while recalling that he was
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Kogi denies anti-Atiku allegation
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja The Kogi State Government has dismissed allegation that it was planning to embarrass the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, during the partys rally in the state. It said the PDP was desperately looking for a cover-up after Kogites rejected their money and refused to attend their rally
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Offa robbery: Court adjourns case over absence of witnesses
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Tunde Oyekola A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin has adjourned until January 18, 2019, the case of the five suspects who allegedly took part in the Offa bank robberies. The adjournment was for definite hearing as the prosecution failed to bring its witnesses to court on Monday. The five accused are Ayoade Akinnibosun,
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Hausa, Fulani in Oyo pledge 700, 000 votes for President
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Ademola Babalola, Ibadan The Hausa and Fulani across the 315 wards and 33 local government areas of Oyo State have promised to give the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari, a total of 700, 000 votes in the February 16 election. The promise was made at the inauguration of the Oyo
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Senator faults Fayose over composition of Atikus campaign team
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti The Senate Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi, has rejected the composition of the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Council in Ekiti State. She has therefore called on the Peoples Democratic Partys National Chairman, Uche Secondus, and the partys National Working Committee to disband and reconstitute the council. Olujimi made her position known in a
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Candidate raises the alarm over election-induced tension
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
John Charles, Makurdi Benue State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Joseph Shimaor, on Monday raised concerns over rising apprehension trailing every election year in the country. Shimaor spoke while declaring open a forum organised for all candidates aspiring to various elective positions in the state. The forum was organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists,
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Candidate raises the alarm over election-induced tension
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
John Charles, Makurdi Benue State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Joseph Shimaor, on Monday raised concerns over rising apprehension trailing every election year in the country. Shimaor spoke while declaring open a forum organised for all candidates aspiring to various elective positions in the state. The forum was organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists,
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Moghalu promises to reduce recurrent expenditure by 50%
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia The presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party, Kingsley Moghalu, has assured Nigerians that if elected as President, his government would reduce the nations recurrent expenditure to 50% and increase capital spending to 50% within two years. Moghalu, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, made the promise while
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CNPP disowns adoption of APC candidate in Cross River
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Ada Wodu, Calabar The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties in Cross River State has disowned the last weeks adoption of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, John Owan-Enoh, as consensus candidate. The group, at a media briefing in Calabar on Monday, said, We hereby dissociate our members made up of 32 political parties
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Kogi N-Power beneficiaries plan one million-man march for Buhari
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja The Kogi State N-Power beneficiaries, under the aegis of Kogi N-Power Volunteers Campaign Organisation for Muhammadu Buhari, have concluded plans to organise a one-million man march in support of the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket ahead of the February 16 presidential election. This was made known on Monday when the state officials of the group
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APC Presidential Campaign: Buhari deceiving Tinubu, says Afenifere
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Samson Folarin A Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has described as deceitful the declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari that his campaign would be led by the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu. The spokesperson for the group, Yinka Odumakin, warned that any attempt by Buhari to avoid the presidential debate slated for next
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Lagos Assembly resumes from recess, silent on 2019 budget
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday resumed plenary without deliberations on Governor Akinwunmi Ambodes 2019 budget proposal. The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the lawmakers commenced a three-week recess on December 18, 2018, for the Christmas and New Year holidays. The House, which resumed on Monday, failed to discuss any issue before
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Child abuse: Commissioner urges vigilance against predators
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Samson Folarin The Lagos State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Agboola Dabiri, has asked parents and guardians to be vigilant against sexual predators. A statement on Monday said Agboola spoke in Alausa, Lagos, during a meeting with parents from a Quranic school where a minor was recently molested by a cleric, Abdulsalam Salaudeen. According
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Nigeria attains 31% broadband penetration target NCC
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Feyisayo Popoola The Nigerian Communications Commission says it can authoritatively confirm that Nigeria has attained 31 per cent broadband penetration. The NCC said in a statement that the data was based on empirical indices, contrary to insinuations in some quarters that the country was far away from that as claimed by some. By the five
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CBN to allow cash transfer via wireless carriers
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Feyisayo Popoola with agency report The Central Bank of Nigeria is preparing rules that will allow wireless carriers to transfer cash, softening a previous policy that protected the turf of banks in the country. Telecommunications firms, including MTN Group Limited, are now interested in applying for licences that would allow them to create units that
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FIRS sets N8tn revenue target in 2019
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Nike Popoola The Federal Inland Revenue Service has given itself a target to generate N8tn revenue in 2019. As such, it called on all taxpayers and other stakeholders to support the drive to make the target achievable. The Chairman, FIRS, Mr Tunde Fowler, disclosed this at the organisations 2019 management and stakeholders retreat, with the
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Buhari appoints new NFIU boss, ends merger with EFCC
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
John Ameh, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday appointed Mr Modibbo Hamman-Tukur as the Director of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit. This was confirmed in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja. Hamman-Tukurs name, the Presidency said, had already been sent to the President
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Were not indebted to AMCON, says Aquitane
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Aquitane Oil and Gas Limited has said it is not indebted to the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria. The firms counsel, Banwo & Ighodalo, said in a letter that AMCON claimed the sum of N2, 288,302,575.79 against Aquitane allegedly representing the oil firms outstanding indebtedness. It said, However, Aquitane filed a counter-claim in the sum
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NAFDAC confiscates N60m fake cosmetics from Lagos warehouse
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Anna Okon The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control said it confiscated fake drugs worth N60m from a warehouse in Lagos. This was contained in a press statement signed by the Director-General, NAFDAC, Prof Moji Adeyeye, on Monday. She said, Following a tip-off by a concerned citizen, officers of the Investigation and
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World Bank president to step down February 1
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Nike Popoola World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim, on Monday, announced that he would be stepping down from his position after more than six years in which the institutions shareholders provided strong support to multiple initiatives to ensure that the Bank Group retained strong leadership in the world of global development. Kim said in
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Tue, 08 Jan 2019
The Group Managing Director, Continental Reinsurance Plc, Dr Femi Oyetunji, has said that the company is restructuring its business in order to have an A rating and be able to compete with other international reinsurance companies. Speaking in an interview with our correspondent in Lagos on Monday, Oyetunji explained that the companys reorganisation under a
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NEXIM earmarks N36bn for states non-oil products devt
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Olaide Oyelude, Katsina The Nigerian Export-Import Bank has earmarked at least N1bn for each of the 36 states in Nigeria to enable them to develop one or two non-oil exportable commodities. These amount to N36bn. The gesture is under the banks State/Regional Export Development Fund, which is aimed at developing the countrys non-oil commodities, including
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Monetary policyll keep economic variables neutral in 2019 Sigma
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Nike Popoola To keep economic variables in a neutral state, monetary policy will be needed to deliver an economic policy that will respond to the developing external environment in 2019, according a report by Sigma Pensions. The Chief Investment Officer, Sigma Pension, Mr Pabina Yinkere, stated this in a report on Nigeria 2019 Outlook: Election
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No provision for petrol subsidy in three years PPPRA
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
says oil marketers may soon commence fuel importation Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency on Monday declared that it was wrong to state that the Federal Government was paying subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, as there was no provision for subsidy in the past three years. It said claims
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19 firms conduct due diligence on Afam Power, Yola Disco
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Everest Amaefule, Abuja Nineteen prospective investors are currently conducting due diligence on Afam Power Plc and Yola Electricity Distribution Company, The PUNCH has learnt. While seven of the companies are currently examining the data on Afam Power Plc, twelve are examining the data and assets of Yola Electricity Distribution Company in order to determine what
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FG commences 2019 with attractive savings bonds offer
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
The Federal Government has commenced the 2019 savings bonds sales by offering for subscription two-year savings bond at 12.12 per cent and three-year savings bond at 13.12 per cent, the Debt Management Office has said. According to the offer circular obtained from the DMO website on Monday, the two-year bond will be due in January
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2019: FG to spend N1.02bn on unemployment survey, others
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The Federal Government is planning to spend about N1.02bn to conduct twelve economic surveys through the National Bureau of Statistics in the 2019 fiscal period. The amount is contained in the 2019 budget proposal which was submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly. The 2019 budget has an estimate of
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Nnamdi Kanu: Abaribe, others yet to pay N100m bail bond
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe and two others who stood as sureties for the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, have yet to pay the N100m bail bond they were ordered by the Federal High Court in Abuja to deposit in the courts bank account in November 2018 less than a
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We want varsities to re-open by weekend, says FG
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Olufemi Atoyebi, Abuja The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said the eight-week old strike embarked upon by the union would continue until an agreement was reached by the members on government proposals concerning their demands. Ogunyemi said this after the end of a three-hour meeting between the leadership of
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ne headline, two grammatical blunders
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Akeem Lasisi In their desperation to get rich instantly, some people now steal womens underwear, which they hand over to ritual doctors. Note that I did not say underwears, because the term is an uncountable noun. The extent to which the strange practice is spreading has made it a source of worry in different quarters.
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Sandbox, YuuZoo Group launch new mobile games
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Feyisayo Popoola A global mobile games producer, Sandbox, has partnered YuuZoo Group to launch new mobile games in Nigeria. YuuZoo, in a statement, described the new games as a series of exciting, fun and engaging internationally-acclaimed mobile games that will interest the Nigerian gaming community. It said the pocket-sized hyper-casual games were specially introduced into
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Slight appreciation in MTN shares still below expectation Analysts
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Feyisayo Popoola with agency report MTN Group Limited has seen its share price rise slightly after its potential liabilities of $8.1bn in Nigeria was reduced to $53m last month. Bloomberg reported that the companys executives might have expected investors to cut them a little slack after they got a reduction in their liabilities. It said
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Military invasion of Daily Trust, journalists arrest rash UK, others
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Olalekan Adetayo, Everest Amaefule, Chukwudi Akasike, Adelani Adepegba, Mudiaga Affe, Success Nwogu, Oladimeji Ramon, Olaleye Aluko and Abiodun Nejo Public outrage has greeted the armed soldiers invasion of the national headquarters of Media Trust Limited, the publishers of the Daily Trust titles in Jabi, Abuja and its outstation office in Maiduguri on Sunday night. Armed
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Tinubu takes full charge of my campaign, says Buhari
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
John Ameh, Abuja The All Progressives Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has taken full leadership of the partys presidential and re-election campaigns ahead of the February polls, while President Muhammadu Buhari takes the back seat. Buhari is the Chairman of the Presidential Campaign Council, while Tinubu is the Co-Chairman. But, speaking while inaugurating the
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Amaechis audio: Accept defeat, PDP tells Buhari
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Success Nwogu, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party on Monday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to accept defeat and stop his re-election bid, following the perceived expressed disapproval and alleged vilification by his Campaign Director-General, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, in a leaked audio recording. The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement, also said since the
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Shettima weeps, begs Buhari to end Boko Haram
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
John Ameh and Kayode Idowu The Borno State Governor, Mr Kashim Shettima, could not hold back tears on Monday as he broke down before President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja. The governor cried over the activities of Boko Haram insurgents in his state, which had witnessed a sudden rebound lately. He shed tears before Buhari at
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Ogun APC gov candidate begins campaign, receives defectors
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta The Ogun State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Dapo Abiodun, on Monday,began his campaign in Atan, the headquarters of Ijebu North-East Local Government Area of the state. Abiodun received about 2,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party, Accord Party, and the Action Democratic Party in the local government who dumped
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Leave Zakari alone
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The family members of the Independent National Electoral Commissions National Commissioner, Mrs Amina Zakari, who was last week appointed as head of the ad hoc committee on National Collation Centre have appealed to Nigerians to allow her to concentrate. They described as blatant lie the allegation that Zakari had a blood tie
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Buhari, not ASUU should have mercy on varsity students
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Ademola Babalola, Ibadan The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Monday begged President Muhammadu Buhari to show mercy on helpless students currently bearing the brunt of the ongoing strike. The union said Buhari had the capability to resolve the lingering issues between it and the Federal Government for students to continue with their academic activities
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Ibadan Mogajis caution CCII against chieftancy reforms
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Ademola Babalola, Ibadan The spokesman of the Mogajis in Ibadan land, Chief Wale Oladoja, on Monday cautioned the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes against the proposed reformation of Olubadan and chieftaincy system in Ibadan. Oladoja, in a telephone chat with our correspondent, said, People, especially some Ibadan sons and daughters at home and in the
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NANS storms ASUU, FG meeting
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
Olufemi Atoyebi, Abuja The leaders of the National Association of Nigerian Students on Monday stormed the venue of the meeting between the leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government with a demand to allow members and the media to be part of the meeting to ascertain the main problems between
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LAUTECH commences full academic activities despite ongoing ASUU strike
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, has commenced full academic activities for the 2018/2019 session. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that lecturers across the various faculties resumed lectures on Monday with students excited that the prolonged strike called by the Academic Staff Union of Universities was broken. NAN reports that social
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FIRS makes record N5.32tr in 2018, targets N8.3tr in 2019
Tue, 08 Jan 2019
The Federal Inland Revenue Service says it is targeting N8.3 trillion from the collection of various taxes in 2019 from the N5.32 trillion realised in 2018. Dr Tunde Fowler, FIRS Executive Chairman, stated this at the ongoing 2019 stakeholders retreat on Monday in Lagos. The theme of the retreat is, Parliamentary Support for effective Taxation
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