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Big Brother Naija housemates turned lovers, Daniella and Khalid were caught on camera in a steamy session, wrapped under the sheets while other housemates, aside Amaka were fast asleep.

Amaka was also caught on camera watching the couple as they exchanged affections.

Most viewers expressed shock over the fact that they have only spent two weeks in the house, saying they should have waited a bit longer before they got to that point.

They spent a lot of couple-time together after the party on Saturday, were engrossed with themselves and didn’t show much interest in Groovy and Beauty’s bust-up when the latter pair wanted to fill them in on the reason for their quarrel.

See some reactions below…

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My attention has been drawn to a video clip making internet rounds, of a dancing and chanting group, in red and white costume, purportedly members of the Pyrates Confraternity. The display acidly targets a presidential candidate in the awaited 2023 elections. Since the whole world knows of my connection with that fraternity, it is essential that I state in clear, unambiguous terms, that I am not involved in that public performance, nor in any way associated with the sentiments expressed in the songs. 

Like any other civic group, the Pyrates Confraternity is entitled to its freedom of expression, individually or collectively. So also, is Wole Soyinka in his own person. I do not interfere in, nor do I attempt dictate the partisan political choices of the Confraternity. I remain unaware that the association ever engages in a collective statement of sponsorship or repudiation of any candidate.  This is clearly a new and bizarre development, fraught with unpredictable consequences.

In addition, let me make the following cultural affirmation. I have listened to the lyrics of the chant intently and I am frankly appalled. I find it distasteful.  I belong to a culture where we do not mock physical afflictions or disabilities. Very much the contrary. The Yoruba religion indeed designate a deity, Obatala, as the divine protector of the afflicted, no matter the nature of such affliction. This sensibility is engrained in us from childhood and remains with us all our lives. It operates on the principle of mortal frailty to which all humanity remains vulnerable.

One of my favourite authors, about whom, by a coincidence, I had cause to write quite recently, was CLR James, author of The Black Jacobins, Beyond A Boundary etc. etc. I called him my ideological uncle. He suffered from Parkinson’s Disease, but remained alert, lucid and combative for decades after the onset of the disease. We interacted politically at the Tanzanian pan-African Congress, the Dakar Festival of Negro Arts and a number of other cultural and political fora. We met frequently in his lifetime, dined together in restaurants, despite his challenge.  it would be unthinkable, and a desecration of his memory to be part of any activity that mocked his affliction.

A further statement will be issued when I have made further enquiries into this strange, uncharacteristic outing of the association.

PROFESSOR Akinlawon ‘Akin’  Ladipo Mabogunje was an African institution established for all-round development. He is also widely accepted as the Father of African Geography. By 2000, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, was fed up with the National Housing Fund, NHF, which in the eleven years of its establishment had failed to deliver on mass housing for workers. Under the scheme, all those earning the National Minimum Wage and above, contributed 2.5 per cent of their monthly income.

Although workers had contributed about N6 billion to the fund, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, FMBN, which administered the fund had disbursed only a paltry N280 million, while the FMBN and its Siamese twin, the Federal Mortgage Finance Limited, FMFL, had become fat bureaucracies by dipping hands into the fund.  Even with this, they were heavily indebted, including owing outstanding pension to their retired workers, totalling N5.5 billion   

The NLC instructed workers to stop paying to the fund. Many state governments also joined in stopping the deductions to a fund that was not even audited. Rather than fight back using its federal might to enforce the NHF law, the Obasanjo administration on  March 6, 2002 established the Presidential Technical Committee on Housing and Urban Development chaired by Professor Mabogunje. The Committee asked the NLC for a meeting to explain why the NHF had not delivered and what was being done to reverse the trend.

I was part of the NLC Negotiation Team. Mabogunje had picked Mr. Tanimu Yakubu as the new Managing Director of the FMBN. Some of us in the labour delegation were familiar with Tanimu because together, we had been student union leaders and knew he was passionate about workers. When we got back to review the meeting and plan for subsequent ones with the Committee, I told the delegation that we needed technical support as this was an unusual government team.

I explained who Mabogunje was, including his being part of a group of intellectuals who in the First Republic had evolved an ideology called ‘Democratic Socialism’ which was adopted by the main opposition party, the Action Group. There was Mr. S.P.O Fortune-Ebie who as head of the Federal Housing Authority, FHA,  had built the sprawling FESTAC Town in Lagos, and  Ms Kare Yekwe, a brilliant lawyer I had known over the years.

The Mabogunje Committee was open and showed so much sincerity that even when it had to lay off some workers in order to bring in professionals through public advertisement and transparent interviews, the NLC could not raise objections.

Mabogunje was a major professional in the building of the new capital of Abuja. He came away with  a number of lessons that still defines Nigeria. He had led a team of scientists to the site to determine the ecological conditions of the proposed capital, how many people were to be displaced, the range of assets and compensation to be paid for them. First, a professional in his team, Mr. Bawa Bwari had to be dropped, not because he was incompetent but because the Emir of Abuja did not find him acceptable.

Bwari’s ‘crime’ was that he had served as the Secretary of the  Gwari Students Association, an organisation that was insisting on the rights of the indigenous Gwari people not to be ruled by traditional rulers from outside.

 When Mabogunje needed a manager for the field station, the Emir brought a man who had not even passed basic school certificate and had zero experience. When he enquired why he could not hire a professional and experienced Gwari indigene, he was told this was not politically acceptable. Mabogunje wrote: “This was historical and derived from the colonial administration’s  obsession with the indirect rule system creating or imposing a traditional ruler even in areas where such did not exist before.”

Then, Mabogunje and his team needed accommodation and the Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA,  decided to import porta cabins for the purpose from the United States. By the time they arrived, the work was over and the scientists were packing to leave. When it came to building the new capital city, Mabogunje argued that it should be handled by distinguished  Nigerian town planners and architects who would go through competitive bidding assessed by an international panel. But the government rejected this and rather advertised abroad for planners to design the new capital. Subsequently, an American group, International Planning Associates, IPA, was awarded the contract.

The Mabogunje team had to provide the firm all data collected. Despite this, Nigerian professionals had to join the IPA in reworking its basic design to provide a final and acceptable design. Mabogunje said of this sad tale: “ …If we had arranged to critique the design of a group of Nigerian planners as vigorously as we did that of the foreign firm, we could have had as good, if not better, a product  for our money.” In analysing why there is an obsession for foreign contractors, he said:  “It is difficult to dismiss the insinuations that this is because it is easier to secure foreign exchange through graft when contracts or professional consultancies are handed over to foreign organisations.”

One more experience of Mabogunje on Abuja. For a man who was so involved in building the city, all his applications for a plot of land were unsuccessful as plots of land were allocated by officials “mainly to friends”. He said one day, as the Chairman of the National Board of Community Banks, he visited then FCT Minister, General Gado Nasko, to request for land to build its national headquarters. During the discussions, he let it known that despite his choosing the exact site Abuja city was built, and participating actively in its construction, he did not have even a square foot of land in the territory. He said when the Minister confirmed this, he was allocated a plot  in Asokoro. But it took him eight years to secure a certificate of occupancy for the land; the result of a skewed civil service.

Mabogunje traced Nigeria’s problems to the deliberate ploy by British colonialists to “frustrate all serious developmental efforts” and lay faulty political foundations that led to a civil war and three decades of military rule. He agreed that the country, given its diversities, needs an inclusive  system: “But to use  the idea to catapult relatively unqualified  and inexperienced individuals to strategic management  positions  simply   because they come  from a particular  part of the country, is to court  a situation  where every major  institution  of our national life  has failed to live  up to expectation.”

The global, intensely intellectual and professionally-minded Professor Akin Mabogunje held to his positions until Thursday, August 4, 2022 when at 90, he left, leaving us his very rich legacies.

The supposedly Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has ended the registration of (new) voters despite the fact that there were hundreds and thousands of would-be or intending voters trooping into and milling around voter registration centres or points all over the country. We saw pictures of agitated Nigerians struggling to get registered. Many slept at the registration centres. Others got there very early in the morning and left late in the night, doing that day-in day-out; yet, they failed to get their names on the voters’ register. I experienced the INEC shenanigans at its Agege office in Lagos where prospective voters were directed to come as early as 4am to register and then return by 8pm to start the waiting, pushing and shoving battle! And no matter how early one got there, there were close to 50 names already on the make-shift register! And only 70 names, out of the hundreds milling around, were entertained per day!

As in many things Nigerian, officials as well as a mixture of urchins and politicians cashed in on the situation to make brisk business. Monkey business, man-know-man, which also translates into man-pass-man, became rampant at many of the registration centres. Before my very eyes at the INEC Agege office, registration machines were carted away in an SUV to an unknown destination. Feeble protests by the “suffering and smiling” hapless citizens meant nothing to the officials who must be protecting their jobs as well as feathering their nests. Party faithful assigned to the centres that I visited contested territory with INEC officials and the roughnecks who must be placated with concessions or else...

Getting registered as a voter or moving one’s voting centre from one location to the other or, still, correcting one anomaly or the other in one’s Permanent Voter’s Card data became even more tedious than the biblical camel going through the eye of the needle. In Lagos where I live and work, you knew you were within the vicinity of an INEC registration centre when you encountered a long and riotous queue akin to those that were the order of the day at petrol filling stations whenever there was fuel scarcity. People wore long faces; brisk business by petty traders surfaced and people had to settle for whatever was available as breakfast, lunch and dinner. Of course, prices were hiked, further leaving gaping holes in the pockets of already traumatised citizens.

If you were lucky, you got registered but that in itself is no guarantee that your PVC will be out in time, or out at all, before the 2023 election – in the event there is one! For many of those that thronged the registration centres, voting was the last thing on their mind. They were registering to fulfil all righteousness because they did not know what trap the government could in future decide to set for anyone who fails to produce evidence of registration! Note that some places of worship had already started turning back anyone without a Permanent Voter’s Card! So the pressure – and blackmail – was much; but in the midst of all of that, INEC made a simple process of getting onto the Voters register look like rocket science; something so routine and ordinary in other parts of the world. The excuse later given by INEC that it needed time to process voter's data does not hold water. Voter registration should, and must be, a continuous exercise. It should be seamless and not the needless tug-of-war it has now been turned into.

For those who genuinely wanted to enrol so they could perform their civic duty as responsible and patriotic citizens, the hassle they went through must have puzzled them. Why should the government not be interested in its citizens being responsible and patriotic? Why the I-don't-care-attitude, even scantily-concealed hostility, to voter registration? When the ruling party at the Centre needed the same INEC to shift its announced "sacred" timetable for the party presidential primaries, didn't INEC shift the date? There must be something, then, that those in authority know about voter registration that is hidden from the ordinary folks! Note that INEC had originally wanted to stop the voter registration a month earlier but for protests and legal action by an NGO that forced its hands. Nothing suggests that INEC could still not have allowed voter registration beyond the July 3st, 2022 deadline forced upon it.

Voter registration should be done on a daily basis. As someone comes of age, he or she should freely walk into an INEC office to get registered – or even do that online – and have his or her PVC printed and delivered to him by post in a jiffy, as they say; not the present practice of waiting a few months before an election before embarking on the typical Nigerian fire brigade approach of rushing to register millions of people in a few days. My suspicion is that the present awkward and perverted system serves some ulterior motives. It oils the wheel of corruption as hundreds of billions of Naira are voted for elections and voter registration is one of the justifications for these humongous sums. And INEC must be seen to be registering voters in public glare!

Now that INEC has succeeded in shutting the door in the face of would-be voters, who are the gainers and why are the critical stakeholders not complaining? Why are the political parties and politicians not kicking? Why is the government not insisting that citizens willing to perform their civic duty be allowed to do so without let or hindrance? And why are the citizens themselves not protesting against their disenfranchisement by INEC? As it is said, our PVC is our power; being denied our PVC is tantamount to our being denied the constitutionally- guaranteed right to decide who rules over us.

In their definition of disfranchisement or disenfranchisement, political scientists agree that it means the explicit or implicit revocation or denial of, or failure to grant the right to vote to a person or group of persons who are otherwise qualified to vote. INEC acts arbitrarily when it takes that right from citizens who are otherwise qualified to vote. There is no law that takes that right from citizens. INEC, in consideration of its own administrative conveniences – which it lazily does and with uncommon impunity – is the one denying citizens that all-important right. What INEC is promoting, inadvertently, is voter apathy. When the process of registration to vote becomes cumbersome and herculean as INEC has deliberately made it, the interest to participate in the political process will wane. What results is voter apathy.

Voter apathy is dangerous, especially so in a democracy or representative government. Voter apathy is generally defined by political scientists as a lack of interest among voters (and would-be voters?) in the political process, usually resulting in low turnout during elections. It means a dangerously lesser number of citizens takes interest in or participates in the political process. Where this is the case, such disinterested citizens cannot be expected to support the government by paying their taxes, obeying laws and being generally patriotic in the defence of their country. “My country, right or wrong” does not operate in an atmosphere where political apathy is rife.

Voter turnout is the barometer that political scientists use to measure the health of a political system. Where voter turnout is impressive, it means the people have an abiding interest in the political system and are more likely to be keenly interested in the activities of the government than where voter participation is low. And how can they become voters if INEC slams the door, as it has just done, in their face? So, INEC, by its action, is not helping our democracy to grow. It is an aberration that an organization saddled with the very important assignment of nurturing democracy is the very organisation that is acting destructively of that end.

In Gov. Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu’s Ondo State, wonders, it seems, will never end! Thrice within a space of two months, terrorist attacks were reported in Owo, the governor’s home town. This is apart from such attacks in other parts of the state. Is Ondo State slipping into the category of "failed states"? The first of the attacks, on June 5, was at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Owaluwa, Owo, in which not less than 40 people were killed and many others wounded. The Ondo State Government has been tepid in providing follow-up information on that unfortunate incident. Is it true that the terrorists have been fished out? How many of them? What was their motive? And when will they have their day in court?

Answers to these questions, especially the motives behind the attack, become germane because on July 28th, gunmen again reportedly attacked the town; gunshots and explosions were said to have been heard in which a number of people were also reported to have sustained varying degrees of injuries. Was this also a terrorist attack or a routine factory accident? Where detailed and prompt information is not provided, all manner of unsubstantiated information will take over the public space. I think it is for the purpose of providing timely and accurate information that State Governments have a plethora of media aides with all manner of titles. Where they are allowed to function as the professionals that they are, there should be no reason why accurate and timely information beneficial to all and sundry should not be churned out at regular intervals.

Last Friday, a traditional ruler and some other fellows in the same vehicle with the Kabiyesi reportedly fell victim to terrorists around Ago-Panu village along the Owo-Ikare road. That village is also known as Ago-Egbira because of the preponderance of Ebira people in that largely farming community. It was where my mother spent the greater part of her adult life farming and trading. The question must then be asked: Why Owo? Or are these incidents mere coincidences or happenstance? We need to know! We also need to know what the Ondo State Government is doing to keep the state safe by ridding it of criminal elements. Note that Gov. Akeredolu recently raised the alarm about terrorists trooping down South from the North: Are these attacks traceable to that unholy migration? We need to know!

In fairness to Akeredolu, he has done something. Crying out is one of the actions he has taken – and I must confess that in our present dire and perilous situation, this is very important. We have many governors who are afraid - or have been so compromised – that they cannot even as much as offer a whimper. Akeredolu has also directed that CCTV be installed in strategic places and institutions in the state. We need to know how far this has been done. Recently, he also reportedly distributed operation vehicles to security agencies in the state to beef up security. Fantastic! But how far has that made Ondo State safe or safer? We need to know! It is our right to know!

There is a question I have asked, which concerns the security votes of Gov. Akeredolu. He needs to tell us how much and how he applies them. Last week, I sighted the pay slip of an Ondo State teacher where N1,500.00 was deducted under the heading “Amotekun” One explanation said the deduction was to help equip Amotekun and transform it into a fighting force able to confront the security challenges facing the state. Another said some teacher(s) got kidnapped and the teachers’ union in the state could not raise the ransom money demanded by the kidnappers. So, it approached the State Government for a loan and the deduction that I sighted was to offset that loan! Pray, which of the two explanations appears more ludicrous? What is Gov. Akeredolu doing with his security votes? There are too many vexatious and worrisome news swirling around this subject. It is time we know!

As the Boeing 747 airliner descended at the J.F. Kennedy International Airport, spread-eagled, its massive tyres forked out, grinding the New York tarmac on the dot of 4pm.

This was when Abba Kiyari roused from his deep slumber since the Delta plane embarked on the 13-hour flight from Lagos, Nigeria. All his life, he had never slept for 13 straight hours before. Only a powerful sleeping drug could make him do so. When was he injected? He had no idea.

He took in his environment, slowly; he was sandwiched between two sunglasses-wearing white male Americans on the very last row of seats in the commercial aircraft. Kiyari looked across the aisle to his left, a well-built black man in suit kept a straight face with a large dog sitting beside him. Across the aisle to his right were two young ladies in black T-shirts that announced their collective identity, FBI.

“FBI?!”, Kiyari thought to himself, letting out a silent fart and two drops of urine in his pant. He lifted his right hand to suppress a yawn but the hand was snapped back by a handcuff shackled to the seat.

Gradually, everything came back to him: The FBI had got an injunction of the Federal High Court, and served it on the Inspector General of Police: “Release Abba Kiyari for immediate onward journey to the US.”

“Welcome to America, Mr Kiyari,” one of the white guys greeted politely as the plane taxied to a stop. He unlocked the handcuff on Kiyari’s right hand.

Like the Very-Important-P he was, a convoy of police cars pulled up to pick Kiyari outside the arrival hall en route to Rikers Island Prison, Queens, New York. He appeared in court the next day and was remanded in prison custody till March 17, 2023, his birthday.

 

However, it was a memorable reunion for Kiyari, his fellow compatriot, long-time business partner and fraudster, Ramon Abass aka Hushpuppi; and Obi Okeke aka Invectus Obi, another compatriot and solid internet fraudster, in the prison.

Hushpuppi: Oga Kiyari, na your face bi dis? When you land for God’s Own Country? I’m very happy to see you. (Smiles, stretches out his hand.).

Kiyari: Hush, no be so we talk am nah. (Reluctantly shakes hands).

Hushpuppi: Oga A-K, you too see say na cast di deal cast nah.

Kiyari: But you supoz no mention my name nah. You ruined the career of an awaiting IGP.

Hushpuppi: I no mention your name; FBI bust my phone and retrieve all our conversations and voice notes ni.

Kiyari: Wetin go come happen now? 

Hushpuppi: Heaven no go fall, oga. Make you just relax and await your sentencing. Here safe pass Ikoyi and Ass–o-Rock.

Kiyari: Me, the begotten son of President Bubu go to jail?

Hushpuppi: Even Bubu go go jail if e commit crime against America. You think say here na abbattoir like Naija? Tell your Bubu to dey pray make International Crimnal Court no open book reach the human right abuses im maladministration commit for Lekki Tollgate. Broz, you don see Obi?

Kiyari: Which Obbi? The politician?

Hushpuppi: No, our own Obi, the Guy Man. Invectus.

Kiyari: Oh, dat one? E dey here, too?

Hushpuppi: Yes nah…Ah, see am dey come for front so.

 

(Obi walks up to the duo. Greetings)

Obi: Good to see you, Abba. Which day you land?

Kiyari: Yesterday.

Obi: How Naija nah?

Kiyari: Naija dey o, everybody dey busy with 2023.

Obi: If Nigerians wise, make dem vote for Obbi. Na im bi di messiah.

Hushpuppi: Becos na your brother, abi? Obbi ko, Obiagheli ni. Na Bourdillion go win the election, jo! 

Kiyari: As Sai Baba don allow US get me, na Atiikuu Waziri I dey support now. After e enter, e go arrange my freedom.

Hushpuppi: Atiikuu na don, Bourdillon na mafia. Oga Kiyari don port fast-fast.

Kiyari: I don port o. But Obbi can never win.

Obi: Why?

Kiyari: E no get experience. Na guy man.

 

Hushpuppi: Correct!

Obi: No, he’s not 419, he’s just smart like Trump, that’s all.

Is that why your people are wishing him dead?

Hushpuppi: Leave matter for Matthias. Tell your idol to declare where e get money to build personal supermarket while serving as governor. We also sabi wetin happen for the brewery matter.

Obi: Chai, see Hush dey talk about corruption o? Fear God nah!

Hushpuppi: You no talk? Why I no fit talk about corruption? Nigeria na game and we all bi players, including the pre-sin-dential candidates. Me, I no talk say Bourdillon na angel. Na No 1 thief e be. But na im I go mobilise for even from prison here because e sabi chop and share.

Kiyari: Me, na Atiikuu I go mobilise for because na fellow northerner and professional presidential candidate. Make no hypocrite come dey do like saint for where I dey o. If no bi for wetin happen to me, I for don open Obbi yansh nah. You sabi say na thief dey know how to catch thief. See di man wey admit say im put state money inside private account come dey claim saint now.

Hushpuppi: Na di same man get foreign accounts while serving as governor o.

Obi: Seriously, are you guys comparing Nigeria’s foremost principalities, Bourdillon and Atiikuu, with Obbi? Are you guys mad? 

Hushpuppi: We no mad. E gbe kini yi wa, Bourdillon lo kan! Giam Bourdillon, na im turn!

Obi: Hush, you’re rooting for someone who owns the treasury and state of Lagos since 1999? I know we’re scammers, but, please, let’s say the truth for once! Obbi is not in the same class with Bourdillon and Atiikuu. Never! Oil doesn’t mix with water.

Kiyari: Abeg, leave story! No bi una people dey call Nigeria zoo before? When did the zoo turn into paradise? The North will never allow your people to rule. Never!

Obi: Kiyari, you prefer to die worshipping someone who privatised all Nigeria’s assets into his pocket, ehn? America jail im senator, Jefferson, wey folo Atiiku do deal but some people big pass the law for Naija.

Kiyari: Leave us alone. We no dey jail for North.

Obi: You, Hush, your candidate na real bat: fake origin, fake parentage. No visible investment, yet e sit on top multibillion political empire wey consist governors, ministers, senators, representatives, CEOs etc.

Hushpuppi: Who no dey fantastically corrupt among Nigerian leaders? Mention one. 

Obi: No dey compare whistle with thunder, Ofe-mmanu. Pickpocket different from armed robber, Mala (fool).

Hushpuppi: Na you sabi, Ajòkúta-mámumi.

Kyari: Hush, leave the Nyamiri alone. Dem tink say dem wise. When Obbi queue behind Atiikuu four years ago, Atiikuu na saint. But now, na devil.

Obi: Let’s leave pettiness, Ofe-mmanu and Aboki; Nigeria needs rescue fast!

Hushpuppi: Continue with your internet terrorism as if na only eastern votes go win di election.

Obi: Obbi is young, healthy and willing to serve.

Kiyari: Make e carry im will go wilderness. 

Hushpuppi: All Bible prophets na old men.

Obi: Bullion vans, senator wife, Iyaloja daughter, billionaire son, missing secondary school certificate…

Hushpuppi: Leave am, e don repent. Obbi daughter no dey Pandora Papers?

Kiyari: What of Obbi wey list im high credit score as qualification for presidency?

Hushpuppi: Dat na anoda misleading claim. Even me wey dey jail get highest credit score. Any idiot can have highest credit score nah.

Obi: Una sabi say Igbo bi di most enterprising tribe for Naija. We go survive if heaven fall.

Hushpuppi: Ta! Enterprising kill you there! Stinking arrogance! 

Obi: Ok, make una continue with una madness.

Kiyari: Na we own Naija.

Hushpuppi: Jaga lokan.

President Muhammadu Buhari‘s administration has been advised by Nigerian governors on how to revive the economy of Nigeria.

The governors listed certain steps that would help prevent the nation from economic collapse.

According to Premium Times, the governors presented the proposal to President Buhari during a meeting last month.

Naija News gathered that the Governors advised the President to offer federal civil servants who are older than 50 years a one-off retirement package to exit the service.

 

The Governors also called on President Buhari-led government to stop the Central Bank of Nigeria from financing the government’s budgetary expenditures and convert its N19 trillion debt into a 100-year bond.

See the list of the steps placed before President Buhari to save the country’s economy.

A. Reduce FGN expenditure immediately (with estimated savings in 2022 in brackets):

1. Eliminate PMS subsidy/under-recovery – (N6-7 trillion)

2. Eliminate NNPC’s Federation-funded projects – (N300 billion) 

3. Cap Social Investment Program (SIP) and National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS) budgets to N200 billion – (N570 billion)

4. Eliminate extra-constitutional deductions from FAAC – (N100 billion)

5. Reduce SWV items for SDG and NASS Constituency projects – (N300 billion)

6. Reduce duplications (e.g. empowerment programmes) and waste – (N100 billion)

7. Reduce the 1 per cent granted to NASENI to 0.2 per cent. Amend the Act in the 2022 Finance Bill.

B. Reduce Personnel Costs of FG MDAs:

8. Offer federal civil servants above 50 years (a) a one-off retirement package to exit the service – (N350 billion), and employ lower-cost, more ICT-compliant youths and women graduates.

9. Begin implementation of the updated Stephen Oronsaye Report – (N1 trillion)

10. Expedite privatization of non-performing assets. (Billions of Naira)

11. 2023 – 2025 MTEF to be revised and updated to reflect the above expenditure management measures and Government’s commitment to restore fiscal discipline.

12. Planned 22 per cent increase in salaries in 2023 to be reconsidered.

13. Reduce fiscal deficit to no more than 2 per cent of GDP in 2023 – 2025.

14. Foreign trips by MDAs, including budgetary-independent agencies such as CBN, FIRS, NPA, NIMASA and NCC, etc. to be put on hold for at least one year.

15. Ministry of Foreign Affairs not to issue requests for Visas to foreign embassies for FGN officials and their families, unless express approval is granted by the Presidency.

16. Move from State Income Taxation to Consumption Taxation:

17. With the introduction of 3 per cent Federal Income Tax, state-level PIT should be abolished.

18. State Sales Taxes (flat rate of 10 per cent) should be enacted for the 36 States and FCT.

 

19. Increase VAT levels to 10 per cent with a timeline to raise it to between 15 per cent and 20 per cent.

20. Ensure re-introduction and passage of VAT into the Exclusive List.

21. End CBN financing of FGN expenditures and convert the N19 trillion Ways and Means outstanding into 100-year, 1 per cent bonds immediately.

22. Introduce a flat 3 per cent Federal Personal Income Tax on all Nigerians earning more than N30,000 per month. – (N100 billion)

23. Persons earning less than N30,000 per month whether employed or not, including farmers and traders should pay a monthly FPIT of N100.

24. Telecom firms and NIMC should collaborate to ensure the deduction of this from the phone credit of individuals and linking to NIN and BVN.

25. Centralize the collection of all federal oil and non-oil taxes in one agency, the FIRS while Customs, NPA, etc assess and issue demands.

26. Improve offshore crude oil and gas production.

27. Resolve lingering issues of ownership of gas in PSCs (eg Nnwa-Doro, OML 129). This will help position Nigeria to take advantage of the gas needs in Europe.

28. Provide incentives and resolve issues to expedite the development of vandalism-resistant deep offshore fields like Bonga SW (Shell), Preweoi (Total), Zabazaba (ENI) and Owowo (Exxon).

29. Encourage (and pre-finance, if necessary) Dangote Refinery to early completion to reduce massive future outflows of foreign exchange.

C. Central Bank of Nigeria

30. The Bank of Agriculture, Bank of Industry, and Development Bank of Nigeria should be recapitalised

31. Funds in NIRSAL controlled by CBN should be redirected to the Development Banks.

32: CBN should be directed to focus on its core and statutory mandate of exchange rate management, interest rate management and inflation targeting. It should also be directed to cease competing with development and commercial banks.

33. CBN’s subsidized interventions in the real sector should be ended and the relevant institutions recapitalized to provide these services.

The governors made the recommendations on the CBN after determining that the naira exchange rate has deteriorated because:

i. CBN has printed N19 trillion “Ways and Means” for FGN expenditures contrary to the CBN and Fiscal Responsibility Acts and in violation of the law.

ii. Trillions of Naira are chasing a few billion dollars, putting pressure on the foreign reserves and the exchange rate.

iii. CBN’s ‘fixed exchange’ stance discouraged foreign investment (peak of $90bn investment commitments in 2018, to $20bn in 2021), and Diaspora inflows ($20 billion in 2022 to less than $17 billion in 2021)

iv. PMS subsidies under the guise of ‘under-recovery’ have wiped out virtually all accretions to the foreign reserves.

v. CBN has resorted to using swaps, deferred LCs and other innovations to hide the real levels of charges on our foreign reserves – Gross of $36 billion vs. Net of $15 billion as at end of June 2022.

vi. Exchange rate policy now favours consumption by the rich – cheaper medical tourism ($3bn annually), education ($6bn annually) and business and technical services like aviation remittances, etc. ($15bn) in 2019.

[Naija News]

Popular Nigerian singer David Adeleke with the stage name Davido has been spotted with his 4th child Dawson at an event.

Dawson is the son of Larissa Yasmin Lorenco, aka Larissa London. She is a London-based make-up artist.

There have been speculations surrounding the father of Dawson and most people have alleged that Davido is the toddler’s father considering that he bears a strong resemblance to the singer.

However, it seems that David has subtly confirmed the paternity of his son as he was seen in an event carrying the boy.

Reactions To The Video.

Leena: “So it is true

Chef_ivyjones: “looks so much like him.”

Andyhilary: “Finally.”

Chy_nasa: “So much resemblance.” 

Mum_tiwatope: ‘Obo junior sha plenty.”

I Am My Son Only Parent- Larissa London

During a question and answer session some weeks back on Instagram, Larissa had said that she is her son’s only parent.

The makeup artiste had earlier deleted all the pictures of her son from Instagram, one of her fans asked about her son and why she deleted all his pictures.

She explained that she got bored of the pictures, and that was why she deleted them all. She, however, posted a new picture of Dawson, her son, to satisfy her curious fans.

When she was asked if she was on good terms with the father of her son, she has not posted pictures of him on social media.

She revealed that she is the only parent of her son.

No, I am Dawson’s only parent.”

 

 

Below is a video from the event

Popular fashion entrepreneur, Toyin Lawani, also known as Tiannah, has shared a bitter experience that occurred during her childhood.

Lawani revealed that she was defiled by her uncle when she was 15-years-old.

The fashion icon spoke on the dire event during an interview with Chude Jidenowo.

She explained that she could not tell her mother, instead, told one of her aunts.

Lawani said: “I got raped by my uncle when I was 15-years and I had to go to my grandmother’s place in Ibadan. I didn’t tell my mother but had to tell one of my aunties.

“My mum was so disappointed and hurt. She could not take it.”

She explained that the experience is the reason she is protective towards her children.

She said: “I don’t trust no one and this is the reason I’m so strict with the kids.

“Nobody can come close to my children anyhow, you can’t trust anyone, even your brothers and sisters.

“I lost my innocence at a very young age and I hated my mum so much for it because she wasn’t there for me; she was always at work it traumatised me but now I understand.“

[NAIJANEWS]

THE Governor-elect of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, yesterday, said that his administration will not probe Governor Adegboyega Oyetola when sworn in as Governor.

He said though his transition committee is not getting adequate cooperation from the present government, he expects that the situation will change before the handover date. 

In a chat with Vanguard, the spokesperson of the governor-elect, Olawale Rasheed said the incoming administration intends to quickly make known its policy after studying the handover note that would be prepared by the outgoing government, adding that there is no form of breach of trust between the incoming and outgoing administration.

Mr Rasheed said: “There is no form of breach of trust between us. It is normal for hiccups like these to happen when there is a change of government between two parties. We are hopeful that we will get more cooperation as we move forward. 

“We won’t be probing the present administration. What we will do is just go through the handover notes to put issues in perspective before announcing our policy statement.

“To probe an administration will also amount to wasting precious time of the new administration and with the people’s expectations from us; that will be expensive for us. 

“So far, so good, we have put in place a transition committee to liaise with the administration to facilitate a smooth transition, though we have not been getting what we expected. We have submitted our letter to them and it has been acknowledged, so we expect adequate cooperation.”

[VANGUARD]

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