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FEC approves N965.9m for NCoS to purchase 49 vehicles

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of N965.9 million for the purchase of 49 operational vehicles to enhance the services of the Nigerian Correctional Service.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, stated this when he briefed State House correspondents at the end of the Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to him, the vehicles to be sourced locally will complement the ones already in use by the Correctional Service.

He said: “The Nigerian Correctional Service through the Ministry of Interior presented a memo to council and obtained approval to spend the sum of N965, 902, 524.58 to procure 49 operational and Green Maria vehicles.

“These 49 vehicles will complement the 513 operational and Green Maria vehicles already purchased between 2016 and 2020.

“This does not in any way mean that we have met the vehicle needs of the Nigerian Correctional Service.’’

The minister noted that since the advent of the Buhari administration, concerted effort and commitment had been made to ensure that the Correctional Service was provided with operational tools to meet its mandate of keeping the facilities safe.

He added that necessary logistic support meant to move inmates from the facilities to the over 5022 courts scattered all over Nigeria were also being provided by the government.

Commenting on the recent calls for his resignation as a result of the frequent attack on correctional facilities across the country, the minister dismissed the call, saying there was no need for such calls.

He said: “Our facility in Imo was attacked in April, Kabba was in September, Abulungu was in October and Jos was in November; just to capture the attacks. As painful as those attacks were, nobody will really want the end of justice to be so vulnerable.

“The custodial facilities are the final end of criminal justice system because such facilities are the ultimate end of the administration of justice.

“So, morally, the State owes itself the responsibility of safe custody that must not be violated.

“So, on that account alone, we must appreciate the enormity of any successful attack on our custodial facility and I so do.

“But I want us to put these things in the context of our security situation.

“In Jos, our men died, meaning that the best we could put there was there and when your best could not suffice, it means that it is no longer a question of inability to make preparation or failure for preparedness it is just that at that instance we could not just hold the defence as expected,” he said.

According to Aregbesola, the authorities concerned are upping their game, to ensure that such attacks do not happen again.

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“We are upping our game and we will prevent any such opportunistic attack and even make it impossible.

“We are working with all arms of government particularly security to make our custodial facilities impregnable and we will not rest until that is achieved; that is the assurance I want to give Nigerians.

“As to whether it calls for my resignation, I still don’t see any need for that because it is not for lack of preparedness that the attacks were successful,” he stated.

Femi Adesina, special adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, who also spoke on the outcome of the meeting, said the council approved N145 million for the procurement of an office accommodation for the Federal Character Commission in Bayelsa State.

He also announced the approval of N136.2 million by the Council for the procurement of operational vehicles for the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA).

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, also disclosed that the Council ratified the Finance Bill 2021 for 2022 fiscal year.

She stated that already the bill had been transmitted to both Houses of the National Assembly by the president for their approval.

“Today, the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning presented to Council for Council’s ratification the Finance Bill 2021 for the 2022 fiscal year.

“I’m sure you would have all noted that this bill has already been transmitted by the president to the National Assembly and both houses have already started working on the bill.

“So, this draft bill was prepared by the Fiscal Policy Committee and it focused on tax and reviewing some fiscal laws and also amending some, and these laws are about 11 in number,’’ she said.

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CBN to roll out e-invoice, e-valuator for imports, exports February 1

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From February 1, 2022, all import and export operations would require the submission of an electronic invoice and electronic valuator authenticated by the authorised dealer banks on the Nigeria Single Window portal, (Trade Monitoring System), the Central Bank of Nigeria has said.

This was disclosed in a circular released at the weekend and signed by CBN’s Director, Trade and Exchange Department, Dr. O. S. Nnaji.

According to the banking sector regulator, the e-invoice and e-valuator ar consistent with its desire to promote ease of doing business and engendering transparency in the economy.

The circular was titled: “Guidelines on the introduction of e-valuation, e-invoicing for import and export in Nigeria.”

It informed dealers and the general public that the introduction of e-valuator and e-invoice replaced the hard copy final invoice as part of the documentation required for all import and export transactions.

“This new regulation is primarily aimed at achieving accurate value from import and export items in and out of Nigeria,” it said.

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The apex bank added that the e-invoicing guidelines required that products that were more than 2.5 per cent around the vertical price would be queried and would not be allowed successful completion of Form M or Form NXP as the case may be.

According to the circular, an importer/exporter of goods into Nigeria must ensure that the purchase/sale contract with a foreign supplier/buyer stipulates compliance with the obligations set out in this regulation.

The CBN further explained that the supplier’s/seller’s invoice must be submitted in electronic format and authenticated by authorised dealer bank as part of the documentation for payment.

“No importer/exporter may effect payment to the credit of any foreign supplier unless the electronic invoice has been authenticated by authorised dealer banks presented together with the relevant document for payments,” it added.

The CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, recently assured Nigerians of various efforts and initiatives aimed at bolstering the economy for the good of the country.

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Uzodimma turns Imo into counterfeit, says Okorocha

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Senator Rochas Okorocha said the government in Imo is now a counterfeit of what a state government should be under Governor Hope Uzodimma.

The former governor, now representing Imo West senatorial District, said Uzodimma does not have what it takes to govern a people in a democracy.

Okorocha stated this in a press release signed by his Special Adviser Media, Sam Onwuemeodo and made available to newsmen in Owerri.

“Imo State and her people have not known peace since Chief Uzodimma became governor. They have only been hearing stories of killings, arson, kidnapping, invasion, rituals, what they never witnessed when the righteous ones were in power or on the throne.

“Governor Uzodimma and his government have become itching experiences Imo people won’t forget in a hurry. The government has made Imo people see their ears with their eyes. And the daily prayer on the lips of every sincere Imo man or woman has been, “may this nauseating cup run over

“During my governorship for 8 years, militancy was a big issue in the oil-producing areas of Ohaji, Egbema and Oguta. I didn’t begin to supervise the killings. As a leader of his people, I employed and deployed diplomacy and got that problem solved.

“But under Governor Uzodimma, the killing of Imo people seems to have become the rule, instead of the exception. And the government is not regretting the killings, but only labouring to justify them.

“Under my administration, the opposition was encouraged to function unhindered. Every part of the state was alive and bubbling. Today, no part of the state is functioning. They are after the opposition. And they are not humble about their cluelessness and ineptitude.”

Reacting to news of the 11-year-old boy, Somtochukwu who lost his life during the relocation of EkeUkwu market, Okorocha said trying to justify the mindless and gruesome murder of innocent youths, men, women, and traditional rulers under his governorship portrays Uzodimma as one who came to destroy and not to build.

Governor Uzodimma had through his Information Commissioner, Mbadiwe Emelumba said, Okorocha ordered the killing of the 11-year old boy during the relocation of the Ekeukwu market in Owerri.

Okorocha said they failed to tell their audience what was the co-relation between the relocation of the Ekeukwu market and the death of the young boy.

He said trying to use intimidation and deceit to explain away the traumatic experience his government has brought to Imo people, will not work.

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Malami hand over 43 housing units in Kebbi to  beneficiaries

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 The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Chika Malami has hand over keys of the 43 Housing Estate Units to the beneficiaries which were funded by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria.

   Malami, while speaking at the ceremony, held in Kalgo,Kebbi State said, the project has proved to be a veritable income which would also provided employment for many indigenes of the state.

   According to him, “the mortgage was facilitated through Federal Housing Authority (FHA) Mortgage Limited with total value of N217, 100, 000.00 at an interest of 6% and a tenure averaging 15 years to Nigerians mostly medical personnel working with the Federal Medical Centre Birnin-Kebbi, here in Kebbi State.

   “This achievement is purely out of the commitment of the Federal Housing Authority Mortgage Bank whose Chairman, Senator Gbenga B. Ashafa, is a distinguished Nigerian with track record of performance in collaboration with the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) with Arc, Ahmed Musa Dangiwa at the helm of affairs.

   “In addition to the provision of shelter, this project has proved to be a veritable income source as well as having the potency to provide employment to over 200 Nigerian citizens; the bulk of whom are Kebbi State indigenes”.

   He noted that, the project was part of the  commitment of the Federal Government and a fulfilment of the promise made by President Muhammadu Buhari to deliver 300,000 affordable houses in Nigeria for citizen comprising of both the civil and public servants.

   He said: ” I am glad that the people of Kebbi State are beneficiaries of this project as we witnessed this great occasion. I pray that more people from the State will benefit in similar projects in the nearest future.

  ” I congratulate all the beneficiaries of the National Housing Fund Scheme whose names are so numerous to be mentioned.  I acknowledge every one of you as the latest Landlords”.

  He urged the beneficiaries to ensure the repayment obligations  in accordance with the terms of offers until the mortgages are fully liquidated with the Bank.

   The Minister  commended Mallam Hayatuddeen Atiku Awwal, the Managing Director of the Federal Housing Authority Mortgage Bank for the wonderful achievement and urge him to do more.

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