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Tax remittances: Reps c’ttee places status enquiry on MTN

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…As FEC approves N645.5m for establishment of aviation accidents investigation school***

The House of Representatives Committee on Finance has directed telecommunication giant, MTN, to tender all its financial documents to enable it determine if the right taxes were being remitted to government.

Chairman of the committee, Rep. James Faleke (APC-Lagos) made the demand at an investigative hearing on remittances to Consolidated Revenue Account on Wednesday Abuja.

Faleke said there was need to harness all government revenue to enable the Federal Government finance the 2020 budget.

He said the committee would not relent until all revenue due to the common purse was remitted.

“We want you to produce your quarterly returns on operation level paid to National Communications Commission (NCC) supported with management account.

“Produce computation schedules and ledger and any other accounting books for post pioneer periods.

“We want details of fixed asset register of the company which must reflect evidence originating records and distinction should be made between those acquired locally and those imported for the purpose of interfacing with Nigerian Customs Services and Federal Inland Revenue Service,” he said.

The chairman said that MTN should provide comprehensive list of imported equipment, schedule of dividend distribution with copies of all dividend warrants from inception to December 2019.

The committee also requested for copies of pioneer audited accounts from inception to December 2019, including annual tax returns and capital allowance computations supported with annual income tax certificate from 2007 to 2019.

MTN is also required to provide soft copies of annual ledger for all ledger accounts which indicated turnover and expenditures.

The committee also demanded for soft copies of withholding taxes and withholding remittances as well as soft copies of all bank statements in naira and dollars.

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Faleke said the document would enable the committee detect if MTN was actually paying the right taxes or not.

Meanwhile the committee had placed status enquiry on the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) following the failure of the body to accurately remit revenue to the common purse.

Faleke said that JAMB should provide details of all remittances before 2016 to the committee for further investigations.

In the meantime, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of N645.5 million for the establishment of training school for aviation accidents investigation in Abuja.

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents after FEC meeting on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa.

The meeting, which lasted over eight hours, was presided over President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Today, we had one memo in council, it has to do with the establishment of Accident Investigation Bureau(AIB) office here in Abuja and the establishment of the training school for accident investigation also here in Abuja.

“Accident investigation, of course, is  like the pathologist of aviation if you like.

“So, their job is to investigate accidents and incidents and then with a view to preventing it happening again and is not to apportion blame; we have been very active these days and it is part of our safety activity.

“The contract sum for the construction of the school is N645.5 million; and for the refurbishment of the office, the sum is N591.8 million; it was taken and it was approved.

“The AIB has offices in Lagos, kano and Abuja, and Port Harcourt; now, they will put a training school in Abuja and also upgrade the office in Abuja to serve as the headquarters,” he said.

Sirika said that the sum was inclusive of the equipment component which was from the manufacturers through their representatives and would be certified by the International Civil Aviation Organisation(ICAO) and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, also briefed State House correspondents.

He said that the ministry provided a memo to the council seeking an extension to the consultancy services relating to Kontagora-Auna Dam and Irrigation project in Niger State.

Adamu said that FEC approved the extension of the services of the consultant by three years in the total sum of N734.5 million.

“This is a project that was started in 1987 but was abandoned and as part of efforts to complete ongoing and abandoned projects that we inherited, we revived this project in 2017/2018.

“And since we have revived, there is going to be an extension of time, it makes sense for the consultants that have been working on the project to also have an extension of their services,’’ he said.

 

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Public Feedback: Lagos Announces Complaint Hotlines To Boost Transparency

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The Lagos State Ministry of Transportation has announced dedicated phone hotlines aimed at facilitating public feedback and complaints regarding the activities of the Ministry and its Officials.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Oluwaseun Osiyemi who disclosed this also said this was sequel to Recognizing the importance of fostering transparency, accountability, and responsiveness in governance.

He subsequently provided phone numbers which citizens can call to channel and express their concerns, report grievances, and provide valuable feedback on transportation-related matters.

“Members of the public are encouraged to utilize this service responsibly by providing accurate information and details when lodging complaints or sharing feedback”, he said, adding that the Ministry assures the public of its commitment to addressing all inquiries and complaints promptly and effectively.

The hotline numbers for lodging complaints and providing feedback are as follows: 09020009000 and 09020004000.

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Fasting: Sultan Declares Monday, 1st Ramadan 1445 AH, Following Moon-sighting

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Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), has declared Monday, March 11, as the first day of Ramadan 1445 AH in Nigeria.

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, signifies a month-long period of fasting, one of the five pillars of Islam. 

Abubakar announced the sighting of the new crescent in Sokoto on Sunday in a radio and television broadcast.

He said the new moon was sighted in different parts of the country and that reports of the moon sighting were received from Muslim leaders and organisations from across the country.

“After due verification and authentication by the National Moon Sighting Committee and states committees’ confirmation, as well as routine scrutiny, I hereby, announce the sighting of the new moon of Ramadan signifying the end of Sha’aban 1445 AH.

”In accordance with Islamic law, Muslims are to commence fasting on Monday accordingly,” he declared.

The Sultan urged Muslim faithfuls to devote themselves fully to the worship of Allah throughout the Holy Month, urging them to use the period to pray for the progress, peace and prosperity of the nation.

The Sultan also called on wealthy individuals to assist the poor and stressed the need for increased religious tolerance and brotherhood in Nigeria.

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Looming Divorce: “My husband follows anything under skirt”, wife tells court

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Court Dissolves Marriage With 3 Children Over Wife’s Stubbornness

…As another marriage hits rock over Wife’s monitoring of phone, husband’s lockouts 

Mrs Jane Ebi, a businesswoman, on Friday dragged her husband, Monday, before a Customary Court in Jikwoyi, near Abuja.

She accused him of “following everything under skirt”.

Jane, who is seeking a divorce, said that her husband is hot tempered, wicked, and had a bad attitude of getting drunk and following different women or anything under the skirt.

The petitioner alleged that her husband had been trying to get her out of the way by killing her.

She also told the court that her husband passes nights outside their matrimonial home.

“My husband always sleeps outside our matrimonial home with small girls leaving me and the children in danger.

“I have done all I can to make the respondent change from that life, but he has refused to change. It is on these grounds that I seek to divorce him,” She said.

The respondent, Monday, who is a driver, however, denied all the allegations.

The presiding judge, Doocivir Yawe, advised the couple to explore reconciliation and adjourned the matter until March 7, for a report of settlement or hearing. 

In another development, a businessman, Mr Ojo Owo, on Friday, dragged his wife, Muyibat, before a Customary Court in Jikwoyi, near Abuja, for always locking him out of the house.

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His claims are contained in a divorce petition he filed against his wife.

“On several occasions, my wife locked me out of the house whenever I come back home late from work.

“She has the habit of monitoring my phone calls, picking my phone to go through my messages.

“She searches my calls log, picks and calls the numbers on my phone to insult, embarrass and call my customers names,” he alleged. 

The petitioner also accused his wife of sleeping around.

“She admitted this to me when questioned,” he claimed. 

The petitioner further told the court that he gives his wife money to take care of her hair.

“I also provide body creams and food.

“I don’t know why she is sleeping around; I beg this court to dissolve the marriage,” he said.

The respondent, however, denied the allegations.

The Judge, Thelma Baba, advised the couple to explore settlement options for the sake of their children and adjourned the matter until March 7, for a hearing.

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