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Dr Osagie Appointed As Chairman, Diaspora Affairs Of Universal Peace Federation

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A philantropist and founder of Godsent Foundation, Dr Dion Osagie, has been appointed as chairman, Diaspora Affairs in the Edo State Peace Council of the Universal Peace Federation.

Universal Peace Federation is a non-Governmental Organisation with general consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

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A statement by Osasu Usenbor,
Edo State coordinator of the body said the honour conferred on Ambassador Osagie as chairman of the organisation was in recognition of his contributions toward the
uplifting of humanity in the past 10 years.

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We are most honoured with your various contributions made towards the uplifting of humanity, this is quiet evident in your show of empathy to the poor and the needy for over ten (10) years now. As one of the oldest Edo State Ambassadors for Peace in Diaspora, you have also demonstrated a high level of trust and accountability, hence your appointment as Chairman Diaspora,” the statement added.

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The statement, while congratulating Dr Osagie on this news feat, urged him to use the new appointment “to mobilize all Edo People in Diaspora for Peace.”

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Subsidy Investigations: FIRS Tells Reps Her Role

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The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has said its role is purely the collection of revenue for the government and not keeping records of how the monies are expended.

This explanation is in response to queries by the Special Adhoc Committee on Petroleum Subsidy Regime tasked to investigate petroleum products subsidy in Nigeria.

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At the committee sitting, the Executive Chairman, FIRS, Muhammad Nami, who was represented by the FIRS Coordinating Director, Compliance Support Group, Dr. Dick Irri, explained that the role of the Service as provided by its Establishing Act was confined to the assessment of taxpayers, collection of taxes, accounting for and enforcement of taxes that were due to the government of the Federation.

The Service’s statutory functions remains that of assessment, collection, accounting, and enforcement of payment of taxes that are due to the Government of the Federation and any of its agencies;” he explained, “taxes collected by the FIRS are usually shared amongst the three tiers of the government in line with the constitution of the country and FIRS does not maintain records of what the funds are used for by the three tiers of government. The Service also does not have the power to ask for such records.”

Earlier, Nami had stated the request by the Committee for information on Subsidy payments and releases were not tax-related and thus were not within the statutory powers of the Service to respond to.

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The Special Adhoc Committee had written to the FIRS requesting information on Subsidy Payment releases from the Consolidated Revenue Account, Subsidy claims, and lodgment of FOREX into the Consolidated Revenue Account by the NNPC, among others.

The Service holds the Adhoc Committee on Petroleum Products subsidy Regime and other Committees of the National Assembly in high esteem and will always give necessary support to ensure the success of their oversight functions;

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“All the tax-related information requested on your letter dated 1st July 2022 has been duly submitted;

“All the 16 items listed on your letter dated 5th August 2022 are not tax-related and also are not part of the responsibilities of the Service,” the FIRS Executive Chairman explained.

Apologising for his inability to appear in person, the Executive Chairman stated that his absence was due to other official national engagements outside the Federal Capital Territory.

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The Special Ad-Hoc Committee on Petroleum Products Subsidy Regime, chaired by Hon. (Arc) Ibrahim Al-Mustapha Aliyu was constituted in June 2022 with a mandate to investigate the Petroleum Products Subsidy Regime covering the periods from 2013-2021.

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BREAKING: Lagos Govt Extends Okada Ban To More LGAs

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The Lagos State Government has extended the ban on commercial motorcycles,l (okada) to four more Local Government Areas and five Local Council Development Areas.

The Commissioner for Transport, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, confirmed this on Thursday.

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According to Oladeinde, the decision was taken after a review of the earlier ban on commercial motorcycles operation in six local councils.

The additional councils where the total Okada ban is pronounced include Kosofe Local Government, Oshodi-Isolo Local Government, Shomolu Local Government, and Mushin Local Government.

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Others are Ikosi-Isherri LCDA, Agboyi-Ketu LCDA, Isolo LCDA, Bariga LCDA, and Odi-Olowo LCDA.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered full enforcement from September 1, 2022.

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We Are Being Raped By Herdsmen In Our Community – Rivers Women

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Some women from Evekwu community in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, on Wednesday, staged a protest to the Rumuji Police Division to demand urgent intervention over the activities of herdsmen.

The women, who carried placards with different inscriptions, had first marched to the Rumuji Police Station before returning to the palace of the paramount ruler to complain about how “cows have destroyed their crops” leaving them and their families with “hunger”.

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The community’s woman leader, Joy Obisike called on the local government chairman, Governor Nyesom Wike and President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as security agencies, to prevail on the herdsmen to “steer clear” from their farmland.

The women threatened to deploy other means that will ensure their safety and that of their crops.

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Another woman leader in Evekwu community, Salome Amakanwo alleged that their lives were being “threatened on a daily basis” by the herdsmen who “use guns and dangerous weapons” and that their woman were being “raped at gunpoint”.

She said the revenue from the crops is what they use to train their children in school.

The protesters called for urgent intervention by government at all levels and security agencies to save them from looming hunger and crisis.

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A police personnel at the Rumuji Police Station, who addressed the protesters, advised them to take their complaints to the local government council secretariat for urgent intervention.

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