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MPAN APPLAUDS FIRS OVER INCREMENT IN REVENUE COLLECTION

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Press Statement by the Multimedia Publishers Association of Nigeria (MPAN) on the increased revenue collection by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has announced that it collected over N10 trillion in tax revenue in the year 2022, as against a target of N10.44 trillion, the highest tax collection in its history.

This is no doubt a laudable achievement, and all patriotic Nigerians must commend this.

In spite of the global economic crunch and Nigeria’s dwindling economy, the FIRS, led by it’s Executive Chairman, Muhammad Nami, has demonstrated that even in the midst of many difficulty, with determination and commitment, nothing can stop anyone from achieving a set goal

The Service had in its FIRS 2022 Performance Update, released to the public on Monday, after the executive chairman’s meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, explained that; ”Companies Income Tax contributed N2.83 trillion; Value Added Tax N2.51 trillion; Electronic Money Transfer Levy N125.67 billion and Earmarked Taxes N353.69 billion.

“Non-oil taxes contributed 59 per cent of the total collection in the year, while oil tax collection stood at four per cent of total collection,” the report noted.

It is the first time that the FIRS will cross the 10-trillion Naira mark in tax revenue collection.

The Performance Update Report further clarified that included in the total revenue sum is the sum of N146.27 billion which is the total value of certificates issued by the Service to private investors and NNPC for road infrastructure under the Road Infrastructure Development Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme created by Executive Order No. 007 of 2019.

The report also stated that the N10.1 trillion is exclusive of tax waived on account of various tax incentives granted under the respective laws, which amounted to N1,805,040,163,008.

Providing perspective to this unprecedented tax collection, the FIRS noted in the Performance Update that the Muhammad Nami-led management upon assumption of office came up with a four-point focus, namely: administrative and operational restructuring; making the service customer-focused; creating a data-centric institution; and automation of administrative and operational processes.

It further noted that over the period of 2020 to 2022, the management had introduced reforms bordering around these four-point focus which were producing results.

The service noted that this achievement could not have been possible without a conducive environment created for staff and officers of the Service, who are pulling their weight on the global stage with international recognitions and awards;

“The Service had also automated most of the administrative and operational processes. A major leap was the full deployment of the TaxPro Max for end-to-end administration of taxes in June 2021. The module for the automated TCC went live 1st January 2023 while taxpayers had already downloaded over 1,000 TCCs this year without having to visit FIRS office,” the report read.

It also noted that the Service had operationalised its data mining and analysis system thereby allowing for data-backed taxpayer profiling.

Other reforms the Service introduced in this period focused on the detoxification of the tax environment by ridding it of mutual mistrust, negative tax morale, and tax evasion, through effective taxpayer education, open engagement with stakeholders and improved services.

It noted that it is as a result of these reforms, framed around the four-focus points that the Service was able to achieve this collection.

“This collection was possible through collaboration with our stakeholders, from our colleagues at the Executive branch of government, to the members of the judiciary, to our brothers and sisters at the National Assembly, as well as the tax advisory committee, professional bodies, unions, and most crucially our taxpayers.

“We have peaked, but this is not certainly our peak. In fact, my hope is that this would be the least sum the Service would ever collect going forward,” Nami said in the report.

This is the second consecutive year that the Service will be recording unprecedented tax collection.

In 2021, the Service achieved a record tax collection of N6.405 trillion, being over hundred percent of its collection target for the year, as well as the first time that the Service will cross the six trillion mark.

In 2022, building on the success of the preceding year, the Service achieved a record collection of N10.1 trillion, being over 96 per cent of its collection target for the year, and the first time the Service will cross the ten trillion mark.

This collection represents an over 100 percent leap from the tax collected by the Service in 2020—the first year of the current management of the Service.

MPAN, therefore, wishes to congratulate FIRS on this giant stride, and urges all Nigerians and those doing business in the country to cooperate with the Service so it can achieve more in generating revenue that will create a meaningful life for all citizens.

Malam Gambo Jagindi, National Chairman, MPAN. January 24, 2023

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OBI MAKES SURPRISE VISIT TO BOKO HARAM-RAVAGED SOUTHERN BORNO

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Obi’s visit to Southern Borno makes it the first time in the history of the country a presidential candidate would visit the Boko Haram-ravaged region.

The Labour Party Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has made a surprise visit to Southern Borno, a region that was badly ravaged by the activities of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

Obi ‘s visit to the North-East state on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, was part of his campaign tours in the North ahead of the February 25 presidential election.
Recall the former Anambra State Governor had earlier attended the Labour Party Presidential rallies in Gombe and Bauchi states this week.

Pulse reports that Southern Borno comprises nine Local Government Areas including towns like Gwoza, Hawul, Askira Uba, and Chibok.
Obi was accompanied on the trip by his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed , Labour Party National Chairman, Julius Abure , Borno State governorship candidate, Captain Ibrahim Mshelia , and the Deputy National Campaign Manager, Isaac Balami .
While addressing the jubilant natives who came out to meet the frontline presidential candidate, Obi promised to alleviate the suffering and wipe the tears inflicted on the hardworking people of the region.

Obi’s words: “I am one of you and feel your plight. I know that you are all hardworking and want to go back to your farms. I am giving you my word that this insecurity issue will be a thing of the past in my administration and I will ensure that my government gives you the best of life. Thank you for everything you have done for the country and I will never forget you. A new Nigeria is possible!”
In his remarks, Balami, who also doubles as the Obi/Datti’s deputy national campaign manager, expressed satisfaction over how Nigerians have been working hard to enthrone Obi and his running mate as Nigeria’s president and Vice President respectively.

He said: “Borno people love Obi and need him. My people have long rejected the politics of religion and ethnicity that our leaders used in the past and are now embracing competence and capacity. You can see that from the surprise visit today.
Even with the short notice of his visit, the moment he landed and they knew he was in town, they swam to him like bees. Peter Obi is the only presidential candidate that has this messianic aura woven around him and he is the man to beat at the presidential polls.”

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SDP PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TEAM PAYS COURTESY VISIT TO HRH OBA JOSEPH OLUBIYI TORIOLA AJIBISE OGO 1

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The Social democratic Party (SDP) has promised to reduce the rate of poverty in Nigeria and provide opportunities for the youths if elected into office.
The Vice presidential candidate of the party, Yusuf Buhari made this known while representing his principal, Prince Adewole Adebayo on a visit to HRH Oba Joseph Olubiyi Toriola Ajibise Ogo 1 (Ogunsua of Modakeke) of Ile Ife, Osun State on Wednesday, 25th January.


While speaking to the traditional ruler, he said the SDP is inspired by chapter 2 of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria which states that sovereignty belongs to the people, hence when leadership is set up by the people, their job is to look out for the welfare of the people.


He highlighted some of the problems faced by citizens of Nigeria as a result of poverty, saying these are the things the party aims to address if elected.
He said, “We are trying to keep it as simple as possible. We have major problems in this country kabiyesi, poverty is all over the place.
“In the north, some of them go to the dustbin to pick the back of the watermelon, scrape it, they will just leave the white part, cut it like yam put salt and that is what they will boil for their children.


“If you go around some areas at night, you’ll see some people sleeping everywhere on the streets, no shelter. If you go to the hospitals, patients are all over on the floor, no bed, only one doctor with thousands of patients. Nigerians do not deserve this. Nigeria is a blessed country. We have resources, we have professionals, If we can put our house together, all of these things we are seeing, we’ll not be seeing them Kabiyesi”, he added.
He noted that the past 16 years have not improved the welfare of ordinary citizens, and the ruling party has no intention of making things better. He added that the SDP is on this journey in order to make things better for Nigeria.


“16 years have gone 8 years have gone, we notice that it only gets worse every four years. Now again they’ve come with stories telling us that they will improve our welfare but then but before God, before man, before all of us, right on international TV, they are accusing each other of criminal activities.
“I think this is the only time we should pay attention to them and actually listen to them. These criminal accusations that they’re making against each other has nothing to do with us. Kabiyesi, we are on this journey because we make a difference and we are convinced that Nigeria will come first”.
He noted that his principal, prince Adewole Adebayo has decided to dedicate the rest of his life to public service in order to change things for the better in Nigeria.


“My principal Prince Adewole Adebayo said he has dedicated the rest of his life to public service. I share in that vision of what he’s saying, I share in that. This is why we are on this journey.
“We are here to assure you of all the plans that we have set out, even when we get there we’re going to achieve them. We know it’s going to be difficult but we will achieve them by the grace of God”.


While addressing journalists, the Vice Presidential candidate assured that Nigerian youths would have a lot to benefit from the party because they believe the youth are the ones making great achievements for Nigeria as it stands, despite the failure of the government.
In his response, HRH Oba Joseph Olubiyi Toriola Ajibise Ogo 1 prayed for God to help the SDP accomplish its race.
He said, “Well once again I welcome you all. Iwure is better done in Yoruba than in English,so I’m going to do it in Yoruba. But I must say that I am touched by your plan and your vision, so I pray that God will help you to accomplish your race”.


He further gave his ‘iwure’ (royal prayer) for the SDP presidential campaign team.
The campaign team entourage consisted of Dr.Olu Agunloye – National Secretary of SDP, Mr Silas Alani – National Vice chairman south west, Chief Godwin Osigbeme – Director of protocol, Sen. Ugochukwu Uba – Director of Finance and Prof Femi Olufumilade.

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PDP RELEASES TIMETABLE FOR FRESH GOVERNORSHIP PRIMARY IN ABIA

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The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has released a timetable for a fresh governorship primary to elect a new standard bearer for the party in Abia State.

This decision was sequel to the sudden death of the former standard bearer, Prof. Uche Ikonne.

The NWC made this decision public via a statement signed and issued by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, in Abuja, on Friday.

The statement read in part, “Following the sad event of the death of our Abia State Governorship Candidate for the 2023 general elections, Prof. Uchenna Eleazar Ikonne, and pursuant to the provisions of Section 33 of the Electoral Act 2022, the NWC has released the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the conduct of a fresh Governorship Election Primary in Abia State.

“The Timetable and Schedule of Activities are as follows;

“ Notice to INEC – Friday, January 27, 2023

“Sale of Forms – Friday, January 27- Tuesday, February 31, 2023

“Last day for the Submission of already purchased Forms – Wednesday, February 01, 2023

“Screening of Aspirants – Thursday, February 02, 2023

“Screening Appeal – Friday, February 03, 2023

“State Congress (Gubernatorial Candidate Nomination) – Saturday, February 04, 2023

“Fresh aspirants other than those who contested in the earlier primary are permitted to participate in the current exercise.“

The party enjoined all its leaders, critical stakeholders, teeming member, and supporters of the PDP in Abia State to be guided by this accordingly.

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