Ekiti PDP: Fayose, Olujimi And The Future

  By Julius Adebiyi For members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in Ekiti state, the future of our great party appears bright but at the same time bleak. Bright, if stakeholders in the party, especially those who are currently working against the interest of our all-time leader and oracle of election victory in Ekiti, Peter ‘the Rock’ Ayodele Fayose, quickly readjusted and accept Fayose as the leader in the interest of all. Bleak if the so called Ekiti PDP Repositioning Movement, being promoted by Senators Biodun Olujimi and Duro…

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Gombe COVID 19 Situation: A Show Of Shame, Ineptitude Of Governance

By Salisu Abdullahi   The outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic in Gombe State has further exposed the ineptitude and lack of willpower on the part of the government. While many states like Kebbi, Lagos, Delta, Borno stand out with the quality of their preparedness with well-equipped isolation centres and testing facilities, such cannot be said of the management of this situation in Gombe, a state that prides itself with decent men and women of local and international reputation. Little wonder the governor had publicly threatened that he may resign…

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Abacha: The Making of a Saint

  By Sylvester Asoya Sani Abacha, Nigeria’s former military dictator is on his way to a crucial vote for sainthood. To many, especially those who remember his evil regime, this is scandalous. After all, a saint is someone known for his or her exceptional measure of holiness, goodness and closeness to God. Abacha was everything but holy or good. He did not even share any enduring likeness with the Almighty, another important requirement for sainthood. But our country is an unusual place where anything is possible. So, in the minds…

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FIRS Circular On Advance Payment of Company Taxes And The Issues Therein

By Moruff Adenekan The Federal Inland Revenue Service recently issued a circular calling on corporate organisations to “commence payment of their annual returns earlier than their due dates, apart from their normal monthly obligations.” According to that circular, dated 22 April, 2020 and titled Update on Palliative Measures to Cushion Effect of COVID-19 on Taxpayers, the federal tax collector said that this appeal “has become necessary in order to ease some of the cashflow gaps being experienced by governments at this critical time.” The circular went on to rationalize this…

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Kano City is Now The Killing Fields of Covid-19 Pandemic in Africa

By Prof. Usman Yusuf  I raised alarm in an article I wrote which was published in the Daily Trust Newspaper (page 6) on April 22nd, 2020 on how COVID-19 was ravaging Kano city. I opined that if urgent action was not taken by the Federal Government, the city could become the epicenter of the virus on the African continent. Recognizing the disastrous consequences of such a scenario, I offered recommendations that could help stem the slide. Today, I raise my voice again, this time to join the growing chorus of…

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One Death and Why The Poor Must Not Be Kept Hungry

By Dare Babarinsa    The death of Mallam Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to the President, has brought home to us the grim reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating possibilities. Kyari was President Muhammadu Buhari alter-ego.   Few weeks ago, he went on national assignment to Germany where it was believed he contracted the deadly virus. Few days after his return, he knew he was ill and he was quickly taken to the hospital. Only recently, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health confirmed that he died in…

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Now That Abba Kyari is Dead

By Simon Kolawole  On January 18, 2020, when I first read of the new coronavirus on the BBC website, my heart missed a beat because of what China means to the world. The headline was: “New virus in China ‘will have infected hundreds’.” And these were the opening paragraphs: “The number of people already infected by the mystery virus emerging in China is far greater than official figures suggest, scientists have told the BBC. There have been more than 60 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, but UK experts estimate…

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COVID-19 Pandemic: Where Are The Friends Of Lagos Journalists?

Journalists, like health workers , soldiers , Policemen, and other Security Agents , are integral part of essential service providers globally. Daily reports, analysis, interviews, public messages, documentaries and breaking news on Coronavirus are beamed live, broadcast at appropriate schedules on terrestrial , satellite and social media platforms . Similarly, the Coronavirus messages and information are printed on the pages of newspapers , Online real time and on social media platforms. Despite these sacrifices, journalists in Lagos are hounded, harassed and disgraced by the security agencies. A studio manager of…

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COVID-19: Government Should Promote Online Shopping to Curtail Spread, Job Losses

Job cuts, layoffs, wage cuts, and employee redundancy have continued to exacerbate as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to disrupt social life, the economy and every other human activity across countries.    Hundreds of jobs have been wiped off like almost all the value chains including manufacturing, sales, and marketing, distribution, wholesale and retail, governance, aviation, tourism amongst others have been impacted negatively by COVID-19.   The aviation industry – one of the worst-hit as a result of travel restrictions imposed by many countries  – has recorded more job losses.…

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An Assessment of the Impact of the Finance Act 2019 on the Nigerian Digital Economy

  By Phillips Akintola Michael The Finance Bill, 2019 received presidential assent on 13th January, 2020; which transformed the bill into what is now known as the Finance Act 2019. This Act brought subtle changes to the Nigerian tax system and laid a number of controversies to rest. One is the issue of taxability of franked investment income and excess dividend tax (EDT). Both issues were mostly popularised by the dispute in Oando Nig. PLC v FIRS(Oando IV) (2014) 16 TLRN 99, which was decided in favour of FIRS by…

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