The Bauchi State Government has said that the disagreement on who should collect Value Added Tax (VAT) between the Federal Government, Rivers and Lagos states affected its projections in the budget proposal for 2022 fiscal year.
This was disclosed by the state Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Alhaji Aminu Hammayo, while briefing journalists at the Government House, Bauchi, shortly after the State Executive Council (SEC) adopted a budget proposal on Friday.
According to him, while considering the proposed budget, the SEC took into consideration the VAT war, adding that this had an impact on the state’s projections for the 2022 fiscal year.
Hammayo said it was decided that the state government would only award new projects where they were absolutely necessary, adding that the state priority for next year was to complete all ongoing projects across the state.
“The fight between the Federal Government and Rivers/Lagos as to who is responsible for collecting VAT was taken into consideration and that has affected our projection.
“We have also defined what our priorities are. Our focus is to try to complete every project that has been started. New projects will only be considered where they become absolutely necessary,” Hammayo said.
The commissioner said that the state governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, would present the proposed budget before the Bauchi State House of Assembly next week.
While refusing to disclose the state’s budget estimate for the next fiscal year, the commissioner disclosed that the SEC put a lot of things into consideration before finally arriving at the proposed budget.
According to him, the state based its 2022 budget proposal on the assumption of the country producing 1.9 million barrels of oil per day and a benchmark of $57 per barrel.
“We will look at those things that we consider critical to guide us in the budget. While it would be premature to state the amount of the budget at this stage, we considered a lot of things in arriving at our projections as to the proposed budget.
“We based our assumptions on the oil production benchmark at 1.9 billion barrels per day. We also assumed that the crude oil price would remain at $57 per barrel,” the commissioner disclosed.
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Delta 2023: Omo-Agege urges Urhobo to be conscious, strategic
Ahead of the 2023 governorship election in Delta State, the Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, on Monday said Urhobo people have to be more conscious and strategic.
The lawmaker made the assertion during a lecture he delivered at the 90th anniversary of the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU Worldwide held at the Urhobo house in Uvwiamuge-Agbarho Community, Ughelli North Local Government Area.
He spoke on the topic; “The challenges and prospects of Urhobo Progress Union in contemporary times”.
Sen. Omo-Agege noted that there has been considerable apprehension over attempts to short-change Delta Central Senatorial District in the rotation of the governorship position in 2023.
He said, “The strong opposition of the UPU to this surreptitious and dangerous move to manipulate the political process in the State against Urhobo political interest is commendable.
“I sincerely applaud Urhobo Progress Union(UPU) Worldwide for insisting that it is the turn of Delta Central Senatorial District to produce the next Governor of Delta State.
“I am also pleased that UPU emphasized the need for the Ijaw nation to support the 2023 gubernatorial quest of the Urhobo Nation.
“Also worthy of note is UPU appeal to political parties in the State to sustain the rotational arraignment of the State’s governorship position based on Senatorial districts. They have spoken the mind of all Urhobo irrespective of political platforms.
“My dear Urhobo people, I am hoping for a change, a change in our view of each other and our community. We need to emulate the good examples and legacies of the heroes of the Urhobo Nation and realize that we are one people. That Urhobo interest is far greater than our individual interest and political alliance. We can come together as one big Urhobo family to defend Urhobo interest and still pursue our individual dreams.”
The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt.Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, who was represented by the Chief Whip of the House, Hon. Solomon Ighrakpata, commended the leadership of the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, for their patriotism, commitment, and dedication to the course of the Urhobo Nation.
He also urged them to continue to build relationships with other ethnic groups in the state and Nigeria at large.
Earlier, the President-General of Urhobo Progress Union, UPU Worldwide, Olorogun(Dr.) Moses Taiga JP welcomed all Urhobo indigenes and guests to the event.
Afrobeat legend, D’Banj officially joins the AfroZones Dubai soundoff
The build-up to the AFROZONS DUBAI SOUND OFF, holding in March of next year is gaining momentum; as Dubai’s Department for Economy and Tourism, DET formerly known as Dubai Tourism, unveils, International Afrobeat superstar, D’banj, popularly known as the Koko Master, as the Official Afrobeat Artist of the AfroZons Dubai Soundoff.
D’banj who has received numerous international awards like the Best International Act (Africa) at the 2011 BET Awards and Best-Selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards has been an Icon for Afrobeat music for over a decade.
The Koko Master who has been quiet for some time, just released a new album. The new album, named “Stress Free (Chapter 1)” melodically fits into the theme of the Dubai Soundoff; which is basically an avenue for Afrobeat lovers around the world to have a stress-free time while experiencing the greatness of Dubai.
The official website for the Soundoff is www.afrozonsdxb.com. The website hosts further information on the ways to join D’Banj, Radio Hosts and Celebrities at the Dubai Soundoff. It gives you information on the discounted travel packages and how to stand a chance to win a trip giveaway. The winners will receive flight tickets for two, hotel accommodation, feeding, special tours, airport transfers, and visa’s (where necessary), to attend the AfroZons Dubai Soundoff in March 2022.
Visit the website www.afrozonsdxb.com for more information.
How to win https://youtu.be/BeVPUJyZDNs
Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), Hosts of the AfroZons Dubai Soundoff, had this to say:
“The Afrozons Dubai Soundoff has received incredible feedback across all markets since its launch. We are very proud of what has been accomplished until this day and the partnership between DET, Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism and our partner Afrozons has proven to be very successful. Therefore, we are excited to announce another milestone in the Soundoff, which is having D’Banj join us as the lead musician for this incredible project. We are convinced that his energy and positive attitude are a great fit for our brand and that he will take this project to the next level. Finally, we are thankful to having D’Banj aboard for this journey and we are certain that we can create an outstanding and memorable event together in Dubai early 2022.”
D’Banj had this to say about the partnership:
I have always said content is the new Crude Oil and it takes people to create content. This is why I love what the Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) and AfroZons are doing here. After the global Covid 19 pandemic people and economies are trying to bounce back, stress free. The AfroZons Dubai Soundoff drives that purpose by bringing people together in a stress free environment.
I am excited to be part of this project and look forward to the many ways we can make the Dubai Soundoff a massive success.
NOTES TO THE EDITORS
About Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET)
With the ultimate vision of positioning Dubai as the world’s leading tourism destination and commercial hub, Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism’s mission is to increase the awareness of Dubai among global audiences and to attract tourists and inward investment into the emirate.
Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), formally known as Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development, and marketing of Dubai’s tourism sector. It markets and promotes the Emirate’s commerce sector and is responsible for the licensing and classification of all tourism services, including hotels, tour operators and travel agents. Brands and departments within the Dubai Tourism portfolio include Dubai Business Events, Dubai Calendar, and Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment.
Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, better known by his stage name, D’banj, is a Nigerian singer, rapper, businessman and the founder of DB Records. He has won several music awards, including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009, Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, and Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards, Evolution award at the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards.
Mr. Oyebanjo adopted the stage name D’banj, a combination of his first name, Dapo, and his surname, Oyebanjo. D’banj is best known internationally for his 2012 summer hit “Oliver Twist”, an up-tempo dance fusion of Afrobeats and electronic dance music that topped the African charts in 2011 and was a top 10 hit in the UK singles chart in 2012 reaching No. 2 on the UK R&B chart.
D’banj is also the founder of Koko Foundation for Youth and Peace Development. He was Nigeria’s first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace, a recognition he got for using his high celebrity status to attract attention to serious and critical issues in Africa.
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BREAKING: EPL: Manchester United officially announce Ralf Rangnick as new manager
Manchester United have appointed Ralf Rangnick as their new interim manager.
Man United disclosed this in a statement via their website on Monday.
Rangnick’s appointment is coming less than 24 hours after Man United played a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in a Premier League tie on Sunday.
The statement read in part: “Manchester United is delighted to announce the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season, subject to work visa requirements.
“Following this period, Ralf and the club have agreed that he will continue in a consultancy role for a further two years.”
Reacting, John Murtough, Manchester United’s football director, told the club’s website: “Ralf is one of the most respected coaches and innovators in European football. He was our number one candidate for an interim manager, reflecting the invaluable leadership and technical skills he will bring from almost four decades of experience in management and coaching.
“Everyone at the club is looking forward to working with him during the season ahead, and then for a further two years in his advisory role.”
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