Sahara Reporters Latest News Friday 13th September 2019

Sahara Reporters Latest News Friday 13th September 2019

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E2%80%93-nigerian-graduate target=_blank>Brexit: UK Needs Skilled Labour From Africa – Nigerian Graduate

 
A Nigerian graduate, who was mandated to return home after his master’s programme in Scotland, United Kingdom, has said that the two-year window recently announced for foreign students to stay back after their studies and secure jobs, was a strategy to get skilled labour from Africa.
Umeh, who obtained a master’s degree from the University of Dundee, said he found no opportunity when he returned to Nigeria.
He said, “I came back to Nigeria, I didn’t find a single opportunity.”
Former Prime Minister, Teresa May, had created a policy in 2012 that terminated the stay of foreign students four months after their degree programme ended.
But with Britain’s exit from the European Union gathering pace, her successor, Boris Johnson, is determined to reverse that rule to boost UK’s workforce.
“But, you cannot look at that issue without looking at Brexit. Brexit so far, has been a total disaster.
“The way it is going, they need skilled labour, cheap skilled labour. And where can they get it? Africa.
“You can’t talk about Africa without talking about Nigeria. And, they know the trend.
“They know Nigerian students are brilliant and hardworking.” 

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target=_blank>I Appoint Women To Head Finance Ministry For Inclusivity, Says Buhari

 
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he appoints women to lead the finance sector in order to ensure effective management of limited resources available and promote a stronger sense of inclusiveness.
The President said this while receiving a delegation of women leaders of the All Progressives Congress from across the country.
Buhari had appointed two women consecutively to lead the Ministry of Finance after picking Kemi Adeosun and Zainab Ahmed.
He said he preferred women to oversee the economic and financial hub of the country as they can readily deploy their experience in aligning resources with the needs of the country.
He added that Nigeria had many female technocrats with local and international experiences on economy and finance.
Buhari said, “I am happy that I can defend myself very effectively on this issue. The APC party leader is my witness. Since the coming into power of this administration, I have handed over the treasury to women.
“Even at the household level, you hand over the money to women to manage. It can be taken to the level of managing the country’s treasury as well. I have consistently given it to women. It is strategic.
“I am conscious of the leadership roles of women in the society and by my action, I have justified my belief.”

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target=_blank>Red Cross To Develop Finance Mechanism Schemes For North-East, Others

 
The International Committee of the Red Cross on Thursday said that it would develop five to 10 finance mechanism schemes in conflict ridden areas around the globe beginning with the North-Eastern region of Nigeria.
President of the organisation, Peter Maurer, said this would reduce the dependence on aid convoys, Reuters reports.
“With longer, more protracted conflicts, we need to give people income opportunities.
“Even if they are in refugee camps, even if they are in internally displaced person camps, they want to do something.”
The plan would see the Red Cross pair financing schemes to projects in violence-prone areas.
Maurer said Nigeria’s cash-rich businesses and violent habitats makes it a healthy ground for the experiment. 

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E2%80%99s-resignation-within-seven-days target=_blank>$9.8bn Judgment: Nigerian Demands AGF’s Resignation Within Seven Days

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Executive Director of Centre for Public Accountability, Olufemi Lawson, has asked Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to resign within seven days over the $9.8bn judgment against the Federal Government of Nigeria for breach of contract involving Process and Industrial Development Limited.
Lawson, in an open letter to the AGF, expressed his disappointment at Malami’s show of incompetence at how he handled the court processes.
He also knocked the AGF for not taking necessary steps when President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration took over at a time when the reparation cost stood at just $850m.
He said, “Without equivocation, we wish to state that the unfortunate situation we have found ourselves today cannot be other than as a result of your incompetence as the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation.
“It is, therefore, our patriotic demand, that you honorably resign your appointment as our country’s Attorney-General.
“Your continued stay in that position has far reaching implications on us as a nation beyond the present controversial $9.8bn judgment debt.”
Lawson noted that the court judgment had brought national embarrassment to the country, adding that investors could also be discouraged from setting up businesses in Nigeria.
He said that his organisation and other anti-corruption groups in the country would be embarking on a mass protest if Malami refused to resign within seven days.

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target=_blank>BREAKING: Hundreds Flee Borno Towns As Terrorists Attack Again

 
Hundreds of civilians have fled their homes as a result of Boko Haram attacks in Gubio and Nganzai council areas of Borno State on Thursday.
According to local sources, many of the fleeing residents are hidden in bushes as the insurgents continue to shoot into the air to create fear.
The attack on both villages occurred simultaneously around 6:30pm while the magnitude of the havoc wreaked by the terrorists is not known as at the time of this report.
Recall that Governor Umara Zulum had visited GajiGanna on Wednesday to plead with residents not to leave the town, saying his administration will do everything to protect them.
 

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target=_blank>Vat Increase: Businesses In Lagos To Pay 12.2 Per Cent On Goods, Services

 
Businesses in Lagos will pay 12.2 per cent on the sale of goods and services once the 7.2 per cent Value Added Tax increase comes into force.
An analyst with Afrinvest, Adedayo Bakare, pointed this to SaharaReporters on Wednesday during a chat.
The Lagos State Government had since collected tax from restaurants and other retailers under a sales tax law despite a Supreme Court ruling against such in September 2018.
Bakare while speaking with SaharaReporters, said, “In Lagos, consumption tax is already 10 per cent because Lagos State charges five per cent VAT and there is also another consumption tax of five per cent.
“So, for Lagos State, automatically, consumption tax is 12.2 per cent.” 
Citing the data on VAT collection given by Nigeria’s former Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, in 2018, Bakare said only about four states were generating most of the VAT, adding that the tax burden on just a few is disproportionate.
“Meanwhile, when they generate all these money, they will share it between 36 states when most of the money is generated in just four states.”
While admitting that the hike in VAT was not wrong, Bakare said there was a more urgent need to keep widening the tax net.
He added, “It is important that they widen the tax net to bring more informal businesses to the formal sector.”
 

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target=_blank>Nigerian Government Directs NCC To Block Over Nine Million Unregistered SIM Cards

 
Nigerians, who own unregistered SIM cards, might face trouble as government is set to block over nine million of such item.
The Nigerian Communications Commission had in June 2019 called on telecom consumers to heed its warning and stop patronising sellers of SIM cards that have been pre-registered because anyone found using (or selling or otherwise transacting with) such will be fined and jailed upon conviction.
A statement by the Federal Ministry of Communication on Thursday disclosed that Dr Isa Patanmi, the minister, had directed the NCC to block all such SIM cards until their users present themselves.
The statement reads, “As at today, preliminary investigation revealed that we have over nine million unregistered SIM cards in Nigeria.
“I have directed the NCC to immediately block those numbers until the users present themselves.”
 

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target=_blank>You Have No Power To Seal Edo Assembly, Court Tells NASS

 
The Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has said that the National Assembly lacks the power to order the closure of Edo State House of Assembly.
Presiding Judge, Justice Kolawole Omotosho, gave the verdict on Wednesday, following a lawsuit filed by Deputy Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Yekini Idiaye, and Henry Okhuarobo, a member of the House.
The two lawmakers had approached the court to decide if the National Assembly had the right to seal the state chambers.
Delivering judgment on the matter, Omotosho said it was only the court that could direct the National Assembly to take over or seal the Edo State House of Assembly.
He said, “There is nothing before the court showing that the Edo State House of Assembly is unable to sit.
“Some elected members have been inaugurated. The House has been carrying out its legislative duties.
“The National Assembly lacks the power to take over the Edo State House of Assembly. The House of Assembly is not an appendage of the National Assembly.
“The National Assembly lacks the power to seal or direct anybody to seal the Edo State House of Assembly.
“The Nigerian constitution is a federal constitution and the National Assembly cannot unilaterally decide that Edo State House of Assembly is in crisis and seal same.
“It is only a court that has the power to make findings, particularly after listening to parties, to decide if the National Assembly can take over a House of Assembly.”
 

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target=_blank>University Of Lagos Staff Commits Suicide After Being Asked To Face Disciplinary Panel

  

 
A staff of the University of Lagos, Sunday Meshioye, has committed suicide after allegedly ingesting a popular insecticide.
A source within the university, who spoke with SaharaReporters said, “We are all shocked about how he suddenly killed himself.
“He was supposed to face a disciplinary panel for an issue they said he was involved in.”
Another staff of the University who only wants to be identified as Rashid, said, “They finally pushed him to do it.
“They had set up a disciplinary committee because a bus he was driving for the school caught fire and burnt. He took the poisonous substance a day after he was told he would be punished for the burnt vehicle.”
The late Meshioye was rushed to UNILAG Medical Centre before he was transferred to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Idi Araba where he died.
He is said to be survived by a wife and three children.

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Continue Free School Feeding If You Want Our Children To Attend Classes, Man Tells Gombe Governor

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A man with 14 children, Musa Malala, has told Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State to continue the Federal Government’s school feeding programme if he wants their children to go back to the classroom.
Malala made the appeal while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Dukku Local Government Area of Gombe.
He disclosed that since the initiative was stopped, parents in the community had found it difficult to convince their children to return to school.
He said, “I am a father of 14 children with two wives and it has not been easy for me to send my children to school.
“Many children have stopped going to school because the school feeding programme has stopped. All they keep saying is, ‘No food, no school’.
“It has been difficult for parents to convince them to go back to school with the stoppage of the school feeding programme.
“I am calling on Governor Inuwa Yahaya to pick up the programme to encourage all these kids who are out of school to go back to school.
“It will really help the school win back the pupils.”
 

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