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Kaduna Govt Justifies Why Every Adult Should Pay N1,000 Development Levy

The Executive Chairman, Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KADIRS), Dr. Zaid Abubakar, on Thursday, said that 70 per cent of development levy collected from adults in a community would be used to finance development projects in that community.

Abubakar made the disclosure in Kaduna while speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the validation meeting on the State Tax Perception Survey, organised by Tax Justice Network.

Abubakar said that the plan, if approved by the State Executive Council, would entrench tax for service, stir competition and promote tax compliance among communities in the state

According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), KADIRS had in November 2020, announced plans to begin the collection of N1,000 annual development levy from all adults in the State in 2021.

Abubakar stated that the levy was in line with the provision of Section 9 (2) of the Kaduna State Tax Codification and Consolidation Law, 2020.

He said that all adults including those who pay Personal Income Tax must pay the compulsory Economic Development Levy by virtue of the law.

Abubakar noted that the service would leverage on traditional institutions to collect the levy because of their familiarity with people in their domain.

He said that ward heads, village heads, district heads and the higher chiefs would play vital role in the collection of the levy, which would be done from house to house and community to community.

“The way it is going to work is that 70 per cent of what we collected from each community or cluster will be used to finance developmental projects in the community or the clusters.

“So, if for example community A with a population of 10,000 residents collected N20,000 at the end of the year, the community will see infrastructural development commensurate with the amount it contributed.

“If community B with a population of 60,000 residents collected N50,000, the community will see higher investment in terms of infrastructure and other developmental projects.

“This is a way of giving back to the communities in the spirit of tax for service that will engender competition and a tax compliance community in the long run,” he said.

Dr Saied Tafida, Member, Tax Justice Network Steering Committee, had stated that the goal of the survey was to understand the challenges faced by citizens regarding the several tax reforms undertaken in the state and broaden conversation on domestic resource mobilisation.

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Lagos Receives Two Trains For Red Line Rail System

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it had received two trains – TALGO SERIES 8 – for the Red Line Rail System.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, on Tuesday in Ikeja.

He said that the arrival of the trains was another major milestone in the determination to deliver the operation of the Red Line Rail System by the first quarter of 2023.

“The 2 Nos. Ten and Eleven Car trains which were bought from Milwaukee are here,” he said, explaining that it was necessary to decouple the train into 21 individual cars for effective transportation to Lagos.

He said that the trains would be recoupled with the help of rolling stock Engineers from Talgo, the company that manufactured them in the United States of America.

“The engineers will also take the opportunity to train our local Engineers whilst they are here to equip our young people with the requisite skills.

“Once the recoupling is complete, the testing and commissioning will commence, followed by full passenger operations in the first quarter of 2023.

“Each train can carry 1500 passengers and is expected to run on the Red Line Rail from Agbado to Oyingbo, with the journey taking less than 30 minutes”, the Commissioner said.

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Borno To Train 100 Journalists On Capacity Building

Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum has announced plans to sponsore 100 journalists for capacity building training at the University of Maiduguri.

Zulum disclosed this at the Triennial Delegates Conference of the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Saturday in Maiduguri.

Represented by his Special Adviser on Communications and Stategy, Malam Isa Gusau, the governor said he requested the University to organise a certificate training programme for the journalists to be funded by the state government.

He urged the council to nominate its members to participate in the programme to enhance their capacities.

While reiterating commitment to run an open door policy, Zulum assured continued support to the journalists to enable them to discharge their duties.

The Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Babakura Abba-Jato, lauded the delegates and contestants for the peaceful conduct of the exercise.

Abba-Jato represented by Baba Shiekh-Lawan, urged the contestants to accept the outcome of the election in the spirit of sportsmanship.

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We Will End Crude Oil Theft Through Deployment Of Technology- F.G

The Federal Government has restated its determination to end crude oil theft through the deployment of technology as well as additional security measures.

Mohammed made the remarks at a press briefing in Abuja on Friday after an aerial surveillance of the Trans-Forcados oil pipeline in Rivers state.

According to a statement by Segun Adeyemi, special assistant to the president on media in the office of the minister, Mohammed said the measures taken so far have started bearing results, as 210 suspects have been arrested, and 365 illegal refining sites destroyed.

“The continued campaign by the government security agencies (GSAs) have led to the arrest of 210 suspects and confiscation of 20.2 million liters of AGO, 461.8 thousand liters of PMS, 843.6 thousand liters of DPK, and 383.5 thousand barrels of crude oil,” he said.

An additional 365 illegal refining sites were destroyed, with about 1,054 refining ovens, 1,210 metal storage tanks, 838 dugout pits, and 346 reservoirs destroyed by the GSAs.

“We witnessed first-hand a number of illegal refineries destroyed by our military in the course of our aerial surveillance.”

Mohammed said many vehicles, crude mining and bunkering equipment, such as speed boats, wooden boats, trucks and tankers, have also been confiscated.

He said private security contractors were also engaged to provide local intelligence on all illegal crude ventures happening within the region, adding that the contractors were also engaged for security surveillance services to ensure safe and seamless operations along the country’s pipeline networks.

“The new security architecture leverages collaboration between the upstream operators, industry regulators, government security agencies (GSA), and private security contractors (PSC),” the minister said.

 

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