Sahara Reporters Many passengers, including some highly placed Nigerians, narrowly escaped death after an aircraft belonging to one of the major airlines crashed upon landing in Ilorin, Kwara State, from Abuja. According to the Nation, the plane had a tyre burst and a bang which affected the cabin with luggage falling on passengers. It was […] More
Premium Times A man in Katsina, Yahuza Ibrahim, who named his daughter Buhariyya, presumably after President Muhammadu Buhari, has changed her name to Kauthar. He said he took the decision because the president has failed to fulfil his campaign promises thus he no longer admires him. In a video clip seen by PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Ibrahim, who […] More
Peoples Gazette By Ahmed Oluwasanjo Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila says though Boko Haram had been decimated, “security is still very terrible” under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr Gbajabiamila made this statement while addressing journalists after paying Sallah homage to Mr Buhari in Daura on Friday, saying the APC led […] More
By Joseph Onyekwere, Onyedika Agbedo & Ameh Ochojila Five days after the arrest of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, at the Cardinal Bernardin International Airport, Cotonou, Benin Republic, it is becoming increasingly clear that the legal battle to either extradite him to Nigeria or hand him back his freedom might get protracted. Yesterday, […] More
Saturday PUNCH learnt that the Nigerian Government, which has been mum on the issue, sent representatives to court on, Thursday and accused Igboho of importing firearms. The source told Saturday PUNCH, “The Nigerian Government has made attempts to get him (Igboho) but Benin Republic didn’t release him. The Nigerian Government has requested him but the Beninese Government has […] More
By Kayode Oyero & Lesi Nwisagbo FG delegation in court, wants agitator in custody until extradition Abuja court gives DSS six days to produce Igboho’s aides Nigeria’s best interest’ll guide extradition approach –AGF office Desperately wanted by the Department of State Services in Nigeria, with an international arrest warrant hanging around his neck, and facing […] More
By Solomon Odeniyi
Establishments in Abuja have lamented the N100, 000 emission permit levied on business operators by the Abuja Municipal Area Council for the emission of gas from generators and other heavy duty machines.
They described the levy as outrageous and capable of sending them out of business.
In a letter that has gone viral on the Internet which was signed by the Head of Environment, AMAC, Ahmed Haruna, and addressed to a bakery, it was stated that the levy was for the discharge of harmful substances into the air, water and land.
Haruna said failure to comply with the directive could lead to arrest of the bakery operator.
The letter read, “The management of Abuja Municipal Area Council Environment Services Department (ESD) Bodies, wishes to notify you of levy/fees due to the Abuja Area Council for Gaseous Emission Permit Limit.
“This includes the discharge of harmful hazardous substances into the air or the land and water in Nigeria by the activities of industries, warehouses, banks, either from generators or heavy-duty, drilling, production, construction and manufacturing equipment, filling stations, etc.”
He said the directive was in line with the provision of Section (2C) of the fourth schedule of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended under the function of the Local Government Authority and Federal Environmental Protection Agency Act part (iii) Section 25 which establish the Local Council Authority to regulate, enforce and collect levies for the interest of public health importance.
But the chairman, Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria, Abuja chapter, Ishaq Abdulkareem, dared the council, saying that members would not obey the directive.
He said, “Is it our fault that the power supply is unstable and we have decided to look for an alternative? We are still contending with the high cost of raw materials and they are asking us to pay this much as a levy?
“That means they want to kick us out of business. The directive is a politically motivated one. They specifically stated bakery. Are we the only ones emitting smokes? Let them take their directives and arrest residents for using generating sets or other industries, only then would we oblige.”
Meanwhile, the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry has asked the council authorities to suspend the N100,000 levy imposed on bakeries and other businesses in the FCT.
The President, Al-Mujtaba Abubakar, in a statement on Friday, said imposing new levies despite the country’s high inflation rate would increase the cost of doing business.
“We call on the leadership of Abuja Municipal Area Council as well as other government agencies to suspend the planned imposition of generator and equipment taxes, as this is inconsistent with the Federal Government’s programmes to create an attractive business climate for business owners.
“Imposition of new taxes like the generator and equipment taxes will not only be an additional burden to be borne by business owners, it will accelerate the collapse of…
Sahara Reporters A Nigerian Army officer of the 16 Brigade, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Abbas Fatai, has been shot dead by suspected members of a cult group. This was confirmed in a wireless message seen by Peoples Gazette. According to the army, Fatai was shot dead at about 09.12pm on July 22, at Igbogene Junction in […] More
Peoples Gazette Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement, YIAGA, a Civil Society Organisation, has observed a low level of awareness among Lagosians for Saturday’s local government elections in the state. Eze Nwagwu, a board member of YIAGA, during a press conference held in Ikeja on Friday, said that YIAGA team observed that majority of […] More
Amid rising poverty and insecurity across Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari insists he has done his best to salvage the country’s precipitous situation as he met with some of his party men on Thursday.
According to a statement by the president’s media aide Garba Shehu, Mr Buhari made the assertion when he received some governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at his country home in Daura.
The former military dictator claimed that things were worse when he assumed power as a democratically elected president.
“We have done our best and thank God for what we have been able to achieve with the available resources, otherwise we would have been in trouble,’’ he explained.
Mr Buhari also said the country’s security situation had improved compared to the instability in the North-East before 2015 when parts of the region were directly under terrorists’ control.
“The subsequent development in the North-West is the most amazing, where people who lived together, spoke (the) same language and shared common faith started killing each other and rustling cows.
“I had to change the security chiefs and we had to get down to the fundamentals of providing security. If you look at the situation in relation to time and resources, you will find out what we have been able to achieve,’’ the president noted.
Emphasising his regime’s turning the country’s economy around, Mr Buhari said oil prices fell from more than $100 to less than $38 under his watch, with crude oil output at 2.1 million barrels a day dropping to about 500,000 barrels.
”Intellectuals and historians should be fair to us so that…
By OYINDAMOLA OLUBAJO Sunday Igboho is not being tried for obtaining a fake Beninese international passport in Cotonou, said his lawyer Ibrahim Salami on Friday. Reports that Yoruba Nation agitator Sunday “Igboho” Adeyemo was arrested with a fake Beninese passport has been refuted by his lawyer in the Benin Republic, Ibrahim Salami. Mr Salami confirmed […] More
Daily Post Sunday Adeyemo, a.k.a. Sunday Igboho may face 21 years imprisonment over the Beninese passport he tendered before his aborted trip. Igboho and his wife, Ropo, were arrested on Monday at the Cadjèhoun Airport in Cotonou. The secessionist, wanted in Nigeria, was said to have presented a fake travelling document to Immigration officials in […] More
Daily Post President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Daura, Katsina State, urged historians and intellectuals to be factual in keeping the record of the administration, especially in guiding the electorate to make the right choice of leadership for the country. The President made the statement when he received not fewer than 12 governors of the All […] More
Testing fell by 29 per cent in three months, FG cries out as dangerous strain spreads fast
Nigeria receives 3,924,000 Oxford-AstraZeneca doses next week, states list testing obstacles
Put Nigerians on red alert, Delta strain can spread in communities before detection – Tomori
There were indications on Thursday that at least 13 states had stopped testing for COVID-19 despite the impending third wave of the disease propelled by the highly infectious Delta strain.
Epidemiological data obtained from the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control showed that since the first case of the Delta variant was reported on July 8, 2021, only about 23 states and the Federal Capital Territory had been sending reports to the NCDC.
These came to the fore on Thursday as data from the NCDC showed that the COVID-19 tests reduced from 735,573 to 521,738 in three months amid warning by the Federal Government that Delta variant was spreading among unvaccinated Nigerians.
The NCDC, on its website revealed that 735,573 tests were conducted between January 10 and April 11.
But between April 11 and July 11, 521,738 were conducted representing a reduction of 213,835 (29.08 per cent).
As of January 10, 1,121,484 COVID-19 tests had been conducted in the country while 1,857,057 tests were conducted as of April 11.
While 1,857,057 were conducted as of April 11, the figure rose to 2,378,795 on July 11.
The states that have been sending updates include Cross River, Delta, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and the FCT.
The 13 states that have not sent any results to the NCDC in the last two weeks include Abia, Adamawa, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Ebonyi, Kebbi, Kogi, Niger, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara states.
The PUNCH also observed that among these 13 states, only Yobe has sent an update to the NCDC in the month of July. This implies that 12 states have not sent any COVID-19 status update in over three weeks.
It was learnt that no single COVID-19 infection had been reported in these 12 states in the month of July despite the rising number of cases in 23 states and the FCT. This may imply that the 169,884 cases recorded in Nigeria may be far from reality.
Why we have not been testing – Bauchi
Executive Chairman of the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Rilwan Mohammed, confirmed that the state had not been conducting tests.
In an interview with one of our correspondents, he said, “We have been testing but for the past two weeks, we’ve not tested because we have a lot of challenges on the issue of testing.
“Some of the challenges are that the reagents are not available. There is the problem of electricity and the diesel is not there (to power the generators), a lot of issues. These are mybe reasons why we are not testing in Bauchi,” he said.
Asked if finance was not a major challenge to them, he said, “When we have the money, we will buy the diesel.”
Mohammed who is the state Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Contacts and Surveillance of the State Task Force on COVID-19, also said, “We are not doing active case testing in communities across the local government areas as we were doing before. We are no longer doing community testing at all.
We haven’t been conducting tests, people not turning up – Benue
Also, the Benue State Government admitted that it had not been conducting tests for the past two weeks, but stated that it had stepped up awareness campaign.
Speaking separately to one of our correspondents on the phone…
The wife is to be released this night and Sunday is to remain in custody. The matter was adjourned till Friday. A Benin Republic court in Cotonou has reportedly ordered the return of the passport of Ropo, the wife of Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, as well as other documents […] More