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To avoid exaggeration,we hereby present below some graphs obtained from our daily web analytics and traffic reports which shows the number of unique visitors we had coming in per day. 

Web Analytic reports for the month of February 2018

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Marked red shows number of Post & Article views from traffic source of our Facebook fans page

below also present our web traffic and analytic report for the ongoing month of March with dates;

Ongoing daily Web Analytic reports for the month of March 2018

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COVID-19: FG making plans for students to write exams — Education Minister

• Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, has said that contrary to reports that the Federal Government is making plans to reopen schools, it is only making plans for students in exit classes to write exams.

Nwajiuba said this on Wednesday, during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today.

According to him, despite the shutting of schools as a result of the COVID-19, exams are critical for the academic progress of students.

He, therefore, stated that the ministry presented its concerns to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and plans are only being made for those who choose to write these exams.

“We presented to the PTF and by extension, the Federal Government, the plans by examination bodies to hold their exams. The exams are critical for how children progress.

“We examined it and we felt that it is important to allow those examinations to take place but ahead of them taking place, it is important that those children who have not had the opportunity to revise their syllabus, should have an opportunity to go through that and have a revision class before the exams.

“Most people who can afford it are already saying they want to be at home and go to the exams from home, that is terrific.

“But we understand the limitations of the average Nigerian because not everybody can afford laptops and devices and so if there are people who do have this access and feel confident that their children are ready for the exams, well, we are not compelling anybody to go to any school.

“What we have done is make the facilities in our schools available,” he said.

“You all know that education is on the concurrent legislative list and we’ve asked that state government’s that own these schools, to provide places to wash hands, check the temperature of the children constantly, have sanitisers in place. Private schools should be able to provide that.

“It’s really not a compulsion, we are just making facilities available for those who want to take the exams”.

In May, the minister had said that the Federal Government was not ready to take the risk of reopening schools.

“Until we are sure that these children can go to school, return safely and not bring home with them, this COVID material, and infect people who are more susceptible to the disease than they are, then we are running a huge risk and god forbid that in our hurry, something happens to our children, I’m not sure how anybody will be able to retrieve what would have been lost.

“So we are not taking that risk yet. We are going to prepare as much as possible, within the guidance that they (health authorities) offer us, working in conjunction with the World Health Organisation before we reopen schools”. (Channels TV)

‘How I Utilized Social Media To Improve My Business During Covid-19 Lockdown’

Bature Hanatu Gyang

For many Micro, Small and Medium Scale trade owners in Nigeria, the Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a heavy blow on their businesses, especially with the lockdown that characterised the period.

But for physically challenged hair stylist, Bature Hanatu Gyang, it was a blessing in disguise.

Gyang, a native of Barin Ladi Local Government in Plateau State, Nigeria, who trades in wigs (head fitting caps), in a recent interview with FaeCareFoundation, said although her business was hit by the pandemic, she found a way to reach her customers, while observing the health protocols.

“At a point cash flow and customers to the business stopped, as you all know that the business is more of fashion and the clients are woman who buy the wigs for occasions and offices and also to other places they feel they need to use the caps.

“But I utilised digital marketing to communicate with my customers by the use of social media platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram. I advertise my product that I make at home by keeping social distance and following the regulation of this pandemic,” the Accounting graduate from the Plateau State Polytechnic said.

According to her, social media presently the best tool for business owners to reach their customers, especially with the restrictions occasioned by Covid-19.

“It is fast and reaches thousands of people at a time when displaying my product. So my thought is to learn more about social media for me to reach more people with my products,” she added.

Speaking on the challenges of running a business as a physically challenged person, Gyang said it comes with both positive and negative effects.

“The negative effect has been the issue of mobility, the inability to move from place to places to sell my products. You know the structure of buildings in our country are generally not suitable for Persons with Disability.

Most buildings are very inaccessible and transportation to move from place to place is very discouraging. In all these, there have been positives; I have found that the ability to work on my own makes me innovative and creative. I am able to create beautiful styles that fit every woman. The core values of my business are truth, fairness and transparency.”

Advising young ladies with disabilities who intend to go into business especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, urged them to brace up for good and bad times, noting that succeeding in any business requires patience, sincerity and honesty.

“I encourage you to start and believe in yourself. You know nothing good comes easy; it takes strength, patience and hard work to achieve your goals. Use your ability and start up a business.

“To those already doing business, I encourage you to please never give up or be discouraged when you found yourself in hard times, such as these times. Accept risk as art of the business, be sincere and patient with people and most of all fear God, and you shall be blessed,” she said.

Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases shoot past 26,000 as NCDC confirms 790 new infections

Nigeria has recorded 790 new COVID-19 cases, the highest in a single day, bringing its total infections to 26,484.

This was confirmed on Wednesday night by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in a tweet via its official handle.

Just like the previous day, the new cases were recorded across 20 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Giving a breakdown of the cases, the NCDC noted that the five states with the highest number of infections were Delta – 166, Lagos – 120, Enugu – 66, Edo –60, and Ogun – 43.

Others included Kano – 41, Kaduna – 39, Ondo – 33, Rivers – 32, Bayelsa – 29, Imo – 20, Kwara – 18, Oyo – 11 and Abia – 10.

Meanwhile, states with fewer cases include Benue – 6, Gombe – 4, Yobe, Bauchi and Kebbi each recording 2 cases.

This comes as the FCT recorded 65 new cases.

On a positive note, 406 more patients have been successfully treated and discharged from the isolation centres in various parts of the country.

This brings to 10,152 the number of people who have been discharged so far, although 13 more patients lost the battle to COVID-19.

The NCDC has put the country’s death toll from the disease at 603. (Channels TV)

MTN launches 5G network, tests it in Nigeria

Pan-African telecoms giant MTN has launched 5G across 100 sites in South Africa and made some big promises about its future rollout if it gets access to the spectrum it needs from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).

The announcement was made via a YouTube livestream and MTN SA’s CEO, Godfrey Motsa, called the 5G rollout “a beautiful day for South Africa and a significant step for MTN.”

“Today, from MTN’s birthplace of South Africa, we are stepping up our digital revolution with the next generation of telecommunication technology, demonstrating to all South Africans that 5G is no longer just an idea – it is here, it works and it has the capacity to bring about exponential improvements to our economy, and to the lives of the people we serve,” said Motsa.

MTN had previously tested 5G in South Africa as well as in other operations like Nigeria and Uganda but this is the first of its 21 operations in Africa and the Middle East to launch the next-generation technology commercially.

The launch covers certain areas in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth, as well as some smaller towns. The MTN website promises that 5G speeds will be “10x faster than 4G and eventually become 100x faster” with ultra-low latency and increased reliability.

Motsa promised that if MTN was given the necessary spectrum by ICASA within 12 months, CTIO Giovanni Chiarelli would roll out a 5G network that would reach at least 10 million South Africans.

He admitted the launch was only possible because of temporary spectrum assigned by ICASA in April. The regulator released some emergency spectrum in five different bands for the duration of South Africa’s national state of disaster, including the 5G “golden band” of 3.5GHz.

When asked what happens when MTN has to give the temporary spectrum back, Motsa seems reluctant to do so.

“I’m assuming that ICASA cannot take the oxygen away from me. So, what we are preparing for is to get to a commercial agreement. [ICASA] has said it will do the auction by the end of the year, so what our finance team is doing is preparing the money so we can pay for the spectrum.

“There is no business case to take the spectrum back. What we need to do is transact with the government. We can get the spectrum and then we can fuel the revolution. The revolution can’t be undone, it’s already started,” the CEO said.

ICASA previously said the emergency spectrum will only be available until three months after South Africa’s national state of disaster ends, or at the latest until November 30, 2020. Fees for the spectrum will be waived but if operators continue to use it beyond the end date, they could face fines of R100,000 (US$5,788) per day.

South Africa’s mobile operators have been waiting for over a decade for new high-demand radio frequency spectrum to be released by the government and are waiting in anticipation for a promised 4G spectrum auction by the end of 2020.

“For the past two years we have been actively innovating around the potential of 5G, using different bands and various vendors and across different platforms and devices, to ensure MTN South Africa can maintain leadership in 5G, as we have been able to maintain our leadership in 4G,” said Chiarelli.

The company is set to spend about R2bn (about $116 million) in upgrading to the new technology, which has speeds 10 times faster than 4G.

In May, rival Vodacom launched 5G in three cities in South Africa – Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town – also with limited coverage for now.

“The biggest telecommunication opportunities for the masses of South Africans are for operators to deliver ultra-fast broadband to townships that continue to be significantly underserved by fixed-line fiber services. If the spectrum is made available, the coverage is a given and the affordability can be achieved. Although we are starting relatively small our growth plans for our 5G ecosystem are huge,” Motsa added.

BREAKING: Domestic flights to resume July 8 at Lagos, Abuja airports

Hadi Sirika, the minister for aviation, has announced that domestic flights would resume on July 8, 2020.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Sirika said operations would resume at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe Airport in Abuja on July 8 with other airports to follow subsequently.

“I am glad to announce that Abuja & Lagos airports will resume domestic operations on the 8th of July, 2020. Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri & Maiduguri to resume on the 11th. Other airports on the 15th. The date for international to be announced in due course. Bear with us,” he wrote.

We Do Not Plan To Raise Transport Fare, Says NURTW

The National Union of Road Transport Workers, on Wednesday, says it is not the intention of the union or its place to increase the cost of transportation in the country.

Mr Kabiru Yau, Acting General Secretary of the union, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria said the vehicle owners rather than the workers union were responsible for any increase.

Yau was reacting to an earlier publication in the media where the union requested for government ‘s support in the form of Transport Subsidy or it will increase the cost of transport.

NAN reports that the COVID-19 guidelines by the government required commercial vehicles to carry fewer passengers than normal on each trip, thereby reducing the income of the motorist.

“Following an earlier statement that we (NURTW) will increase transport cost due to the Coronavirus guidelines by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

“I wish to state that the NURTW is a workers union that has the interest of Nigeria and the general public at heart.

“ It is not our intention or in our place to increase the cost of transportation in the country. The car owners are the ones saddled with that responsibility.

“ The union will continue to do everything within its power to ensure the peace and safety of travellers and Nigerians,” Yau added.

FG increases fuel pump price to N143

The Federal Government has increased the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol from N140.80 to N143.80 per litre.

The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) announced the increment in a statement issued by its Executive Secretary, Abdulkadir Saidu on Wednesday.

“After a review of the prevailing market fundamentals in the month of June and considering marketers’ realistic operating costs, as much as practicable, we wish to advise a new PMS pump price band of N140.80 – N143.80 per litre for the month of July 2020,” the statement read.

“All marketers are advised to operate within the indicative prices as advised by the PPPRA.”

In April, the Federal Government had announced a reduction of the petrol pump to N123.50 per litre. (Channels TV)

NASS suspends 774,000 recruitment exercise

By Sunday Aborisade, Abuja

The National Assembly on Wednesday announced the suspension of the Special Public Works programme under the National Directorate of Employment to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic.

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, had approved the engagement of 774, 000 Nigerians under the scheme.

By the arrangement, 1, 000 Nigerians who would earn N20,000 each on a monthly basis for three months are expected to be recruited in each of the 774 local government areas, of the country.

The programme was expected to take off in October this year.

But the nation’s parliament on Wednesday said the programme has been suspended following the disagreement between it and the Minister of State for Employment, Labour and Productivity, Festus Keyamo, on Tuesday.

The spokesperson for the Senate, Ajibola Basiru, who announced the suspension of the programme at a press conference in Abuja, said the National Assembly has summoned the Minister in charge of the Ministry to appear before the federal legislature, to explain the recruitment modalities.

He said, “In view of the foregoing, the implementation of the programme shall be on hold pending proper briefing of the National Assembly by the Minister of Labour and Productivity.”

The PUNCH had earlier reported that the federal lawmakers on Tuesday, walked Keyamo out of a hearing following his refusal to apologise after the legislators accused him of raising his voice against them.

The incident happened at an investigative hearing organised by the National Assembly Joint Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity.

Members of the joint panel had summoned the Minister and NDE Director-General, Nasiru Argungu, to brief them on steps so far taken to recruit 774,000 personnel across the country.

Trouble started when lawmakers queried Keyamo for allegedly undertaking lopsided recruitment without the active involvement of the NDE, the agency that got N52bn approval from the National Assembly to implement the programme.

The argument that ensued afterwards, led to a shouting match between both parties which later degenerated to the forceful exit of Keyamo from the meeting. (Punch)

FG may force DSTV to charge per view

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja

The Federal Government has disclosed plans to force the Digital Satellite Television, owned by MultiChoice, a South Africa-based cable service provider, to provide pay-per-view options to Nigerian subscribers.

The government also said it has amended Nigeria’s broadcasting code to prevent DSTV from monopolising its channels and contents.

This is just as the House of Representatives ordered the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission to ask DSTV to reverse its subscription rates introduced on June 1, 2020.

The House has been probing DSTV for allegedly cheating its Nigerian subscribers by restricting them to prepaid plans. (Punch)

Poor Data, Weak Institutions Bane Of Access To Justice For PWDs- Dr. Adebayo

Chairman of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWDs) in Lagos, Dr. Adebukola Adebayo has listed poor data analysis, weak institutions as well as inadequate orientation as the major factors militating equal access to justice for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Nigeria.

Adebayo, in an interview with Inclusive News Network (INN), said the question of equal access for PWDs does not connote only the justice system, but the many obstacles, mostly due to lack of commitment on the part of government, which according to him, affects the day to day living of members.

He lamented that despite the level of awareness on disability rights on both the part of government, the citizens and the media, the will to implement the Disability Law was still below average.

“So, there is still a lot to be done in terms of data collection. If you go to the hospitals, they do not have PWDs as part of their data. If you go to our schools, our educational data collection instruments do not include disability as part of them. So, it would be difficult for government to plan for a people that they don’t know about,” Adebayo said.

He also expressed concern that most government of the day see issues of disability from the charity aspect and hence, most interventions for PWDs were seasonal than institutional.

“The second problem is the fact that many of us both in and out of government we still hold on tightly the negative aspects of the history of disability meaning that we still hold on to the charity model of engagement.

“Despite the reasonable level of awareness that we have done, you still find that a governor will celebrate his birthday with the school for the blind, school for the deaf and all of that, but you will not find it necessary to strengthen the agencies that are supposed to work on disability affairs.

“When they are intervening on Covid-19, when they are putting palliatives together, the only time they remember PWDs is when they are distributing food but when they are making other interventions on education, on health, on economic stimulus and all of that, they forget disability and that tells you the orientation, which is charity,” the Lagos JONAPWD boss said.

Harping on the challenge of weak institutions, Dr. Adebayo said there is still lack of institutional and human capacity to engage on disability issues in Lagos State and Nigeria at large.

According to him, ensuring access to justice for PWDs will require stakeholders to overcome the problem of mindset, attitude, capacity building, aligning the agencies, strengthening and enabling them to implement these laws.

“If you go to Ministry of Education, Health, Agric, Commerce and Industry, Youth, Women Affairs, they lack the technical capacity, both institutionally and in terms of man power to deliver on disabilities.

“Go to Ministry of Justice, go and ask our judges, our magistrates and lawyers how many of them have sufficient knowledge of disability rights? So there is that dearth of capacity, knowledge and so this is a major problem that we have to deal with. These are the three major problems we have to deal with and until we are able to overcome these three major problems, then we will not be able to get justice,” he said.

He also harped on the need for qualitative education for children living with disabilities, lamenting that the 44 inclusive schools in Lagos were currently falling short of this standard.

“If you go to the 44 inclusive schools, they are just a place where these children are kept, no serious form of learning is taking place in any of these schools. I have a child who was attending, but I had to take that child out of that school and put her in a private school where she is able to gain some learning. How many parents of children with disabilities can afford to do that?

“So, you cannot have justice if you do not have access to quality and functional education. You cannot have justice if you do not have comprehensive and community based rehabilitation because not everyone is born with disability, some have disability later in life as adults, many of them don’t get proper rehabilitation.”

On the way forward, Dr. Adebayo urged Government at all levels to do more than pay lip service to issues concerning PWDs and ensure that their affairs are not only institutionalised but also prioritised.

“For us in the disability community, it is justice if all of these accessibilities and inclusion are in place. If we have laws that are properly implemented, if we have agencies of disabilities that are empowered to carry out their function, then we have government officials from the Governor to the last person in service who understands disabilities from the right perspectives, that’s when we can have access to justice.

“There can’t be access to justice when all of these barriers are there. But if we remove all these barriers and we have access to education, access to health, access to buildings and environment, access to early child care and so on, then we can then say we have access to justice,” he said.

Buhari Reiterates Plans To Lift 100 Million Nigerians Out Of Poverty

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated the plan of his administration to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within the next 10 years.

The President was speaking on Tuesday, in a video message to a high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly, which featured the launch of the Alliance for Poverty Eradication (APE) an initiative aimed at supporting actions to eradicate poverty.

He expressed his administration’s determination to do more, including a massive investment in education, especially of the girl-child.

“Nigeria attaches great importance to poverty eradication. It is for this reason that in May 2019, on my inauguration for 2nd term in office, our government committed itself to starting a new programme of lifting a 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within a 10-year period.

“In Nigeria, as in many other countries, the domestic supply chain and trading corridors have come under enormous strain. This has brought to fore, the health versus economic debate, a subject which has captured the attention of “global leaders and shaped the debate on how best to respond to the global pandemic, while allowing citizens to earn their livelihoods,” he said. (Channel TV)

Lagos to give 10,000 radio sets to pupils for homeschooling, says commissioner

By Mayowa Tijani

Folasade Adefisayo, the commissioner for education in Lagos state, says the state is giving out 10,000 radio sets to pupils in underserved communities to continue their schooling.

In a live interview on Sunday evening, Adefisayo said the state government has been in conversations with telecommunications companies to give free or subsidised data to private schools to ensure learning continues from home.

Earlier, First Bank of Nigeria Limited had presented 20,000 units of e-learning devices to the Lagos State government for distribution to schoolchildren willing to learn from home since schools were shut down due to COVID-19.

Speaking on the learning process with the devices, the commissioner said: “We couldn’t have reached every child because not everyone has access to these devices but we are already working on getting across to them”.

“I started crowdfunding efforts with our partners to buy radios and we will start distribution of 10,000 radios tomorrow so that the children can join radio lessons.

“So far, the children have been responding to their teachers on Whatsapp. As for the other devices, the devices from our partners, it has been programmed so that it is only the curriculum that is on them”.

When asked how soon schools were likely to reopen for the third term, Adefisayo said the state government was not the one who closed the schools, but the federal government and only the can open them.

She advised that the education system would change as a result of the pandemic, and there may be a need to rethink school terms to meet current realities.

“Private school owners should accept that school has changed. Learning has moved to another medium. The onus is on private schools to convince parents to join online lessons.

“They should start a subscription-based learning system. We are speaking to telcos on ways to subside data charges for education to help private school owners reduce costs”

Speaking with TheCable via a live interview on Sunday evening, the commissioner said the situation across the world is unprecedented and no one has all the answers, but the state has been doing all within its abilities to make life easier and safer for the citizenry.

Children below age 12 with sickle cell disorder can live normal life – Expert

A medical expert, Dr David Ajibade, says children below the age of 12 with sickle cell disorder, can live an almost normal life, if proper care is instituted early enough for them.

Ajibade, also the Executive Director, Brain/Body Foundation (BBF), an NGO, made the assertion on Tuesday at a virtual interactive session to commemorate the 2020 World Sickle Cell Day (WSCD) in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the virtual interactive session was organised by BBF in collaboration with the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), Washington, D.C. U.S chapter and supported by the Federal Ministry of Health.

Theme of the lecture was: “Breaking The Cycle of Pain.”

He said that more awareness should be created based on improved knowledge of how to manage the sickle cell disorder.

“Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) has four areas of maximum vulnerability hotspots, which include reduced immunity, increased free radical damage, increased inflammatory processes and reduced nitric oxide production.

“If all four are adequately addressed, the quality of life of sickle cell patients will significantly improve,” Ajibade said.

He stressed the need to improve awareness about SCD and better regulation of laboratories that carried out the genotype test.

“Too many laboratories give false-negative results in their genotype tests.

“This has created bigger problems in the prevalence of the condition, because intending couples were given the wrong diagnosis.

”Any laboratory that cannot guarantee 98 per cent accuracy, should be banned from performing such test,” Ajibade said.

Also, Mr Abi Jinadu-Mustapha, Vice President of NIDO, Washington DC Chapter, promised to continue to explore more ways to ensure the chapter’s contributions and support to the SCD awareness.

Jinadu-Mustapha said that the outcome of this virtual session had shown beyond doubt, the need for more advocacy, awareness and medical support for SCD in Nigeria.

“SCD is a global health problem affecting millions of people around the world.

“It is estimated that approximately 150,000 children are born with sickle cell disease in Nigeria every year, while about 40 million Nigerians are healthy carriers of the sickle cell gene,” he said.

BBF is a non-profit organisation established to help raise the level of health and human performance of people everywhere, while NIDO in the Americas is a non-profit organisation that draws resources from the synergy of all Nigerian Professionals in the Diaspora.

Nigeria records 17 COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours as Edo confirms over 100 new infections

Rita Okonoboh

Nigeria recorded an increase in its daily fatality toll on Tuesday — the highest in 10 days — as 17 people were confirmed to have died of COVID-19 complications across the country.

Before Tuesday, the previous highest figure was 19 deaths on June 20, 2020.

This was contained in the update by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for June 30.

NCDC also confirmed 561 new infections in 18 states and the federal capital territory (FCT).

According to the breakdown, while Lagos recorded 200 new cases, a total of 119 fresh samples were confirmed positive in Edo state.

With the latest development, Edo has joined the list of states with more than 1,000 confirmed cases, and it is currently the fifth state with the highest number of COVID-19 infections in Nigeria.

Of the state’s total of 1,105 cases, 778 are still active, 288 people have recovered while 39 patients have died.

A total of 25,694 cases have now been confirmed in 35 states and the FCT, out of which 9,746 patients have been discharged, and 590 deaths have been recorded.

In a message earlier on Tuesday, the NCDC emphasised the need for Nigerians to take more precautions in order to ensure that the spread of the coronavirus is effectively contained.

According to NCDC, three out of every five Nigerians who die of COVID-19 complications “are more than 50 years old”.

“Take precautions to protect your older relatives by wearing a face mask in public, practising hand/respiratory hygiene and maintaining a physical distance of two metres from others,” the message read. (TheCable)

Stamp duty will be second to oil revenue ― Boss Mustapha

As FIRS generates N66bn stamp duty January-June 2020

By Emma Ujah

The Federal Government has moved to recover a backlog of unremitted revenues accruing to it through the Stamp Duty Tax in the last six years, saying it will be next to oil revenue.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, at today’s inauguration of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Audit and Recovery of Back Years Stamp Duties and the Launch of the FIRS Adhesive Stamp said that stamp duty would be second to oil in revenue generation.

According to him, “stamp duty will be second to oil revenue, as it has the potential to yield up to a trillion naira if properly harnessed.”

Mr Mustapha said that with the 2020 federal budget having already recorded over N5 trillion deficit, the government had to explore every possible revenue avenue.

He said: “In the face of dwindling oil revenue, and the global shift away from oil-dependent technological products, it is even more compelling now to begin to think out of the box in order to safeguard the future of our country. Therefore, this administration has resolved to widen the revenue base by activating stamp duties revenue collection which has been neglected for more than 20 years.

“I hereby also direct and request that all relevant MDAs, particularly the Central Bank of Nigeria, NIBBS, MDBs, FIRS, NIPOST should give maximum cooperation to the Committee in the discharge of its mandate.”

In order to ensure transparency and accountability in the recovery of back year stamp duty, the President, he said, directed that all recoveries made by the Committee be remitted to appropriate stamp duty account maintained by FGN with the Central Bank of Nigeria.

In his address, the Executive Chairman of FIRS, Mr Muhammad Nami, disclosed that the Federal Inland Revenue Service has grown revenues from Stamp Duties by over 1,000 per cent, totalling N66 billion in the first five months of 2020 alone, compared with N6 billion naira collected from January to May 2019.

He attributed this increase to the dynamism triggered by the Finance Act 2019, sums warehoused by the CBN in respect of prior years, and the deployment of technology and stakeholders’ collaboration.

According to him, “The introduction of the FIRS Stamp Duties Adhesive Stamp will, among other things, plug the revenue sink-hole; enable proper accountability and transparency; simplify the administration of Stamp Duties; and reduce disputes.”

In his remarks, Senate President, Sen. Ahmed Lawan, who launched the adhesive stamp said that the FIRS deserved commendation for its impressive revenue collection, and promised that the National Assembly would continue to acknowledge, encourage, and support the initiatives and efforts of revenue-generating agencies of government.

Sen. Lawan said, “The Senate and the National Assembly will continue to provide the necessary legislative backings and oversight functions that will help maximise the revenue of the government and ensure that government is better positioned to deliver its mandate.” (Vanguard)