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ncrease Of Levy On Cattle From N200 To N500 Is Clueless, Pharaonic, IGR Disaster – Otumba 

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…The stupendous increase of the tax on cattle would invariably affect the meat market and therefore the increase in not only the price and/or the quantity of meat sold but also other commodities, when the salaries of the public servants and other sources of wages of other groups remain fixed…

The Labour Party, LP gubernatorial candidate in Adamawa state, Alhaji Umar Mustapha Madawaki, a.k.a Otumba of Ekiti has reacted to the upgrading of the tax levied on cattle per head rather than herds, resulting from the one hundred billion naira the lawmakers with Adamawa State House of Assembly have a year ago approved as Agric Bond, which was projected would generate one hundred billion naira as Internally Generated Revenue, IGR.

Otumba has pointed out that the increase of the tax levied on the cattle from N200 to N5,000 is clueless, obnoxious, and summarily beyond Pharaonic in tyranny, considering the acute economic austerity the citizenry is subjected to, hence a classical IGR disaster, bearing in mind also that what is generated would be diverted to private purse as much as the loans collected without anything to show for it, remains unacceptable.

Otumba has explained that rather than improve the IGR of the state, it would destroy it, now that the cattle markets in Mubi, Ngurore in Yola and Ganye local governments are being deserted.

The lawmakers have earlier explained reasons for the approval of the N100 billion agreed Agric Bond as being based on the convincing explanation that it would aim to develope the state and create job opportunities.

* That the bond would be for the period of 4 years; N25 billion to be accessed every year

* That unlike the normal loan, the interest rate on bond is a fixed one; it does not increase.

* That part of the first N25 billion loan, which was gathered, was already accessed, would upgrade the cattle markets, boost socioeconomic activities and improve the internally generated revenue of the state.

* That N15 billion of the first N25 billion would be used in liquidating the loans earlier accessed from commercial banks.

* That N10 billion would be spent to upgrade Mubi, Ganye, Maiha, Ngurore, Song and other cattle and produce markets across the state.

* That part of the bond would be channeled to the construction of rural roads and healthcare centres among other projects.

* That the N100 billion bond would generate N100 billion IGR annually from the upgraded cattle markets.

* That Adamawa state collected only N100 as tax levied on a cattle, which generated less than N15 billion annually, while Taraba collected N100 and Lagos N10, 000 respectively on every cattle; generating about N40 billion naira annually even when Lagos only buys and sells, not rear the cattle.

The Adamawa state governor revealed that the N5000 taxed on cows in the market was not collected from cattle breeders within the state but a revenue taxed on vendors who come into the state to buy cows

Fintiri urged the citizenry to disregard blackmailers who have been conspiring to instigate them against the government that is working hard to formalize the market in order to improve their wellbeing, where he assured that the government has designed one of the best cattle markets in Mubi, saying that soon construction would start in earnest. The development, according to the governor, would be replicated in other markets located in other zones to enhance the state IGR and bring about more development to the state.

Otumba, having agreed that proper taxation is necessary in improving IGR, state government should have considered appropriate negotiable measures before hitting the tax hammer, levied mercilessly hard on the masses as vendors at the cattle and commodity markets who are for the most part, bonafide citizens of the state rather than visitors from another states that the government was putting out..

He said “the government ought to have embarked on holistic upgrading of the cattle and commodities markets first; provide the necessary modern amenities there after which the stakeholders can be invited for dialogue as much as the buyers and sellers should have been sensitised on the need to improve the taxation policy, before embarking on it. However, the government of the day seems to be in a hurry to exploit and oppress the citizenry that have since lost the confidence in governance.

“The citizenry have every reason to distrust the government due largely to deception. Look at what happened to the so-called subsidy on fertiliser, is there actually a subsidy? It is now saying that it would resuscitate the state fertilizer blending plant at the cost of over N264 million. Why now when the government is about to go for good by next year by God’s grace? The Health Insurance Scheme is another hoax, and avenue for exploitation

“The IGR disaster government at the state level led by the People’s Democratic Party isn’t of and for the people”.

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THANKSGIVING, PRAISES AS AS EVANG MILLING BOWS OUT AFTER 21 AS PREACHER CHURCH OF CHRIST KARU-JIKWOYI

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It was a moment of joy , Thanksgiving and excitement as members of the Church of Christ, Karu-Jikwoyi Congregation Celebrates Evangelist Milling Chukwumaeze who bows out after twenty-one years as minister of the congregation.

The New Preacher of the congregation, Evangelist Innocent Agu led other members to present a three million naira bank check in appreciation for the good work done by the exiting Preacher.

Speaking during the event tagged , ” Celebration of Service” Evangelist Obakemi Moses of the Church of Christ, Nyanya congregation Charged Preachers of the Lord’s Church to be Passionate about their works at all times. He reminded them that God has called them out to dedicate themselves to his service. He lauded the Church of Christ Karu-Jikwoyi for celebrating Evangelist Milling Chukwumaeze.

Evangelist Obakemi tasked the Churches to always be focus on its goals as stated in the holy scriptures.

In welcome remarks, the host Evangelist, Innocent Agu thanked his predecessor for diligently servicing the congregation in the past twenty-one years. He noted that the Church will continue to respect and love the outgoing Preacher. He gave a historic explanation of how Evangelist Milling Chukwumaeze became a member of the Lord’s Church while praising his dedication all these years.

In their Goodwill messages, Evangelist Imoh Atakpa of the Church of Christ, Kubwa and his Kagini Counterpart Evangelist Uche Onyeike tasked members of the Lord’s Church to take proper care of their Evangelists if they hope to get the best of them. They lauded Evangelist Milling Chukwumaeze for his commitment to duty, especially in the Television Evangelism activities of the Churches of Christ in Abuja and its Environs.

In his response, Evangelist Milling Chukwumaeze thanked the Church of Christ Karu-Jikwoyi for giving him the opportunity to serve in God’s vineyard and supported him throughout the last two decades on the saddle. He said though age was not on his side he was not willing to quit, but the congregation decided otherwise. Evangelist Chukwumaeze enjoined the members to be heavenly minded at all times while running the Christian race with purity and steadfastness. He prayed for the congregation to do better under his successor while enjoining everyone to support him physically and spiritually.

Highpoint of the event was the cutting of the celebration cake and general presentation of gifts by members.

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Rev Yakubu dispels Yomi’s claims of NCPC suspension of pilgrimage

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….says exercise ongoing, challenges Adamawa CAN chairman on corruption allegations

The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, Reverend Yakubu Pam, on Saturday debunked claims that the NCPC has suspended the 2022 pilgrimage.

Pam also challenged the Chairman of the Adamawa State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Bishop Steven Dami Manzo over the corruption allegations he levelled against him.

NCPC Board Chairman, Rev Yomi Kasali had recently announced the suspension of all activities related to this year’s pilgrimage to Jerusalem while Bishop Manzo had accused the NCPC executive secretary of financial misappropriation.

Reacting during a news programme on TVC on Saturday evening, the NCPC boss said as the chief accounting officer of the commission, nobody had suspended the 2022 pilgrimage.

He said there was no time that the NCPC management or Board held any meeting to take a decision to suspend this year’s pilgrimage, which had already commenced and was still ongoing.

Pam clarified that due to some logistics problems encountered in the course of the pilgrimage, the Board of the Commission met in November and resolved that the commission would not continue with the airlifting of the pilgrims from the states that had paid to Israel for the November-December exercise.

He added that discontinuing the airlifting of intending pilgrims does not amount to and should not be misconstrued as a suspension of the entire pilgrimage activities.

Pam further stated that suspending pilgrimage was a cumbersome process which the Commission could not unilaterally take a decision on as its supervisory body must inform the President through the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the National Assembly.

He added that the Commission’s customers, which are the state governments that have paid and the private tour operators could also drag NCPC to court if it decided to take any decision to suspend the pilgrimage.

Pam said, “Because of the logistics problems we faced, we said we should not continue with airlifting, not suspending pilgrimage activities. Suspension means that everything is locked down.

“Before you make a statement on anything suspension, you must write our supervisory body and tell them that we’re suspending activities. You’ll also have to, which is through the office of the SGF, to inform Mr President that everything in the commission is suspended. You must also write the National Assembly and our customers because they have the right to take us to court as a lot of them have paid us to travel.

“But when we say airlifting is suspended, it means other activities are going on and what are other activities? Today, we have over 12 states that have already paid to travel and we’re conducting what we call screening to make sure we have those who are certified to travel, by health, and those that we feel may not abscond. This is what is going on and is part of the pilgrimage activities and just within three weeks or two weeks ago, we have more than four states that have already paid.

“And we have private sector tour organisations which registered with us and they have the licence to carry people to Israel and bring them back but through us because we also screen them and we are in charge of the visas. Until we write the authorities and Government of Israel to give them visas, they will not have visas. And right now as I’m talking, we have over a hundred of them in Israel. So, if there is suspension of pilgrimage activities, why are people in Israel? Why are people in Jordan?”

Pam also said there was no controversy about the N1.5millon paid by intending pilgrims, adding that the commission held a meeting with its private customers and the states in September where the fee was agreed upon.

“As I said, about 12 states have already paid. We start with that first before you go into procurement and then you award the contract to the contractors that will carry the people by the airlines and then the ground handlers who are there in Israel,” he said.

On the corruption allegations leveled against him by the Adamawa State CAN chairman, the NCPC boss said anyone with any proof of graft against should present his evidence to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, which is the supervisory body rather than making wild and unfounded allegations in the media.

“I’m here as the chief accounting officer of the commission to say that there is no suspension of pilgrimage anywhere. If somebody mentions corruption at NCPC, there is a way you can bring it up – bring evidence of the money and whatever it is, there is EFCC or you can take it to those who supervise us. You can come to the media level corruption allegations,” Pam said.

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WAYSS2022: U.S Secretary Envoy on Trade, Patricia Yakubu to deliver keynote address

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The U.S Secretary Envoy on Trade Amb. Patricia Yakubu has been announced as the keynote speaker at the West African Youths and Students Summit (WAYSS2022) scheduled to hold in Niamey of Niger 🇳🇪 Republic. In a release by the Secretary-General, Amb Mohammed Ahmed Marafa, the theme of the summit is ‘Empowering the West African Young Population for Sustainable Development’

The summit is the flagship annual event of the West African Youth Congress that brings together young people on the subregion and diaspora to deliberate on the crucial issues affecting the common future of young people. WAYC convenes the largest youths and students gathering on the subregion under the banner of West Africa Youths & Students Summit (WAYSS).

The Summit will commence on December 15, 2022 and among some prominent speakers are Head of UN Human Rights Commission Niger 🇳🇪 Republic, Amb. Dr. Omer Kebiwou KALAMEU, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Niger Republic, His Excellency M. Ahmed Ali Sirohey, and CEO Hon. Ikechukwu Ezeugwu Foundation of Nigeria.

Others are Ambassador of Nigeria to Niger Republic, Minister of Youth and Sports of The Gambia, Hon. Bakary Y. Badji, The Minister of Youth and Sports of Niger Republic Sekou Doro Adamou, Dr. Samuel C. Avemaria Utulu of the American University of Nigeria and Hon. Mohammed Mayas a seasoned politician and Academician among others.

Highpoints of the summit will include Panel and Interactive sessions.

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