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REPORT OF AFRICA YOUNG LEADERS CONFERENCE 2021Organized…

REPORT OF AFRICA YOUNG LEADERS CONFERENCE 2021Organized by Africa Youth Community International The African Young Leaders Conference 2021 was a success. The event which was organized by Africa Youth Community International took place at the Nigeria Airforce (NAF) Conference Centre, Abuja. The conference attracted about 500 or more young leaders in Africa and beyond. It […]

REPORT OF AFRICA YOUNG LEADERS CONFERENCE 2021Organized…

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NEWLY ELECTED: THE 15TH PRESIDENT

Nigeria’s FIRS Chairman, Muhammad Nami, Elected 15th President of The Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA) Promises to tackle global challenges to taxation … The Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Muhammad Nami, a renowned tax administrator has been elected by the 47 member countries of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators […]

NEWLY ELECTED: THE 15TH PRESIDENT

NEWLY ELECTED: THE 15TH PRESIDENT

Nigeria’s FIRS Chairman, Muhammad Nami, Elected 15th President of The Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA)

Promises to tackle global challenges to taxation …

The Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Muhammad Nami, a renowned tax administrator has been elected by the 47 member countries of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA) as its 15th President for a three-year tenure, today.

The newly elected President of CATA brings in decades of experience in taxation and administration both in private and public sectors.

In his acceptance speech read during the virtual conference of the Forum, thanked all members of CATA for the confidence they have reposed in him by electing Nigeria as President, noting that it is a call to duty. And he will serve dutifully, shouldering the great responsibility that comes with the assignment.

“Your support is an honour that I do not take lightly.” Nami stated. “I want to assure all members that I will work assiduously in delivering on the mandate of this office; and I will not disappoint you. It is a great privilege and I do not take it for granted.”

Muhammad Nami, who is the former Chairman of the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) stated that due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, taxation has become the mainstay for economies the world over in providing the required revenue to fund governance.

“Today, taxation has become the mainstay of every economy around the globe. The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the earnings of most economies, especially those whose revenue sources were fetched from activities such as recreational tourism, medical tourism, minerals exploration, commodity exportation etc.

“These activities were performed minimally, and in some cases even experienced total cessation due to physical restrictions imposed by many nations during the COVID-19 lockdown. Economies across the world have had no other choice but to look inward to taxation as the most viable alternative to provide the required revenue to fund government.” He stated.

He went further to note that with the COVID-19 lockdown, digital technologies have transformed the way and manner humans interact and do business with each other, which has consequently brought about novel challenges for tax administrators.

“This new normal brought about a greater embrace of digital technologies that came with its own challenges for tax administrators. One of these challenges is the inadequate capacity of tax administrators to understand and track digitalised transactions which has become the order of the day.”

Regardless of these challenges, Muhammad Nami, who served as Chairman of the African Tax Administration Forum up to November 2020, and is currently the Chairman of the Joint Tax Board in Nigeria, has promised that as President of CATA he will mobilise the member countries and other tax bodies to build capacity of tax administrators to tackle the challenges they face.

“I will work with the CATA Secretariat to effectively collaborate with other tax bodies such as ATAF, WATAF, UN, OECD, NTO, among others, in the area of training and sharing of experience of good and innovative practices in tax administration around the globe.

“One goal I hope to achieve as your President is to work hand-in-hand with member countries to expand the character of tax administration such that our work is in tune with today’s innovation and realities.” CATA’s newly elected President stated.

The Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA) was established following a decision taken at a meeting of the Commonwealth Finance Ministers held in Barbados in 1977. It had 23 founding member countries and has grown to 46 member countries today, making it one of the world’s largest bodies of tax administrators.

CATA has, since its inception in 1978 focused on building and improving capacity of its members. It hosts annual technical conferences and high-level training programmes annually, while maintaining strategic partnerships with various multilateral and global tax institutions across the world.

The Forum has played a critical role in the formulation of tax policies and procedures of its member countries.

Johannes Oluwatobi Wojuola

Special Assistant to the Executive Chairman, FIRS

(Media & Communication)

November 12, 2021

GOV EMMANUEL PLAYS HOST TO FMR PRESIDENT JONATHAN, ORS AT N.E.S CONFERENCE

GOV EMMANUEL PLAYS HOST TO FMR PRESIDENT JONATHAN, ORS AT N.E.S CONFERENCE

The State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, is about now, playing host to the former President of the Country; Dr Goodluck Jonathan, Wife, Patience Jonathan and other distinguished members of Nigerian Environmental Society (NES) who are currently converging on the Ibom Icon Hotel, for their 30th National Conference and Annual General Meeting.

The theme of the 3-day conference is, “Global Environment Challenges; Risks and Opportunities.”

It has in attendance the Secretary to the Government of the Federation; Mr Boss Mustapha, Honourable Minister of State for Environment; Barr Sharon Ikeazor, Chairman, House Committe on Environment and Habitat, House of Representatives; Hon Johnny Ohhuma, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs; Senator Ita Enang, among others.

The Governor who is represented by his Chief of Staff; Akparawa Ephraim Inyang -Eyen, in his welcome address, applauded NES for choosing Akwa Ibom State, described as the most peaceful in the Country, as the venue for the event.

He noted that theme of the conference was in line with his administration’s determination of implementing decisive climate actions.

The Governor called for collaboration to achieve sustainable and resilient environment with reduced carbon footprints to mitigate climate change impact.

“I’m interested in environmental development because without it, nothing meaningful would take place,” the Akwa Ibom leader stated.

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FIRS TO INSTITUTE TAX COMPLIANCE MEASURES ON OPERATORS IN THE MARITIME AND AVIATION INDUSTRY

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has stated that it would commence back-end tax audit on operators in the maritime and aviation industries.

The Executive Chairman, Muhammad Nami, disclosed this Thursday (October, 28, 2021) while delivering an address at the Pedabo Thought Leadership Breakfast Session, focused on tax issues and the impact on development in the maritime and aviation industry, held in Lagos State.

“The FIRS will soon launch a tax audit exercise on operators in the maritime and aviation industries.” He stated, adding that “Back-end pre-audit activities, in collaboration with regulatory authorities in the industries, are at advanced stages.”

The FIRS Executive Chairman called on foreign players in these industries, who had lifted cargoes out of Nigeria without paying taxes to voluntarily come forward and regularise their tax standing.

“Let me use this opportunity to invite all foreign companies that have lifted cargoes (including crude oil) out of Nigeria without paying tax in line with extant law to voluntarily come forward to regularise their tax positions. Those who would wait for FIRS’ audit before doing the right thing may find the taste very unsavoury.” He stated.

Nami lamented that as important as the maritime and aviation industries are to the economic development of Nigeria, they were not yielding the expected revenue to the Federation’s purse.

Blaming this poor revenue turn out on many factors, he stated that a major reason for the poor yield was the failure of foreign companies lifting cargoes to pay tax.

“The low tax revenue performance of the two industries can be attributed to many factors, chief of which is the failure of foreign companies lifting cargoes (particularly, crude oil) to pay tax. This is contrary to the provisions of the extant tax laws. The revenue leakage from these non-compliant companies is very huge.

“Tax authorities are unable to police these foreign companies because the transportation contracts are executed outside Nigeria and the tax authorities do not have the lifting schedules of the vessels ahead of their arrival in Nigeria.” He stated.

Muhammad Nami went further to add that governments’ existence and socio-economic development across the world today is defined by tax; as taxation has gone beyond a mere tool for raising revenue or a mere civil obligation of citizens.

“The whole world is engulfed in a tax war. In days ancient, nations went to war to capture land for its inherent natural resources. Today’s war is about tax. The inability of the Inclusive Framework to reach a consensus on the tax questions around the digitalised economy is a clear testimony that tax is the new “resource” for which people go to war.

“The statement published by the Inclusive Framework after a long-drawn negotiation clearly indicates that each country must clear a path for itself. The lack of consensus is, in itself, an eye opener; particularly for developing countries.” Nami stated.

Johannes Oluwatobi Wojuola
Special Assistant to the Executive Chairman, FIRS
(Media & Communication)
October 28, 2021

To Institute Tax Compliance Measures On Operators

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has stated that it would commence back-end tax audit on operators in the maritime and aviation industries.

The Executive Chairman, Muhammad Nami, disclosed this Thursday (October, 28, 2021) while delivering an address at the Pedabo Thought Leadership Breakfast Session, focused on tax issues and the impact on development in the maritime and aviation industry, held in Lagos State.

“The FIRS will soon launch a tax audit exercise on operators in the maritime and aviation industries.” He stated, adding that “Back-end pre-audit activities, in collaboration with regulatory authorities in the industries, are at advanced stages.”

The FIRS Executive Chairman called on foreign players in these industries, who had lifted cargoes out of Nigeria without paying taxes to voluntarily come forward and regularise their tax standing.

“Let me use this opportunity to invite all foreign companies that have lifted cargoes (including crude oil) out of Nigeria without paying tax in line with extant law to voluntarily come forward to regularise their tax positions. Those who would wait for FIRS’ audit before doing the right thing may find the taste very unsavoury.” He stated.

Nami lamented that as important as the maritime and aviation industries are to the economic development of Nigeria, they were not yielding the expected revenue to the Federation’s purse.

Blaming this poor revenue turn out on many factors, he stated that a major reason for the poor yield was the failure of foreign companies lifting cargoes to pay tax.

“The low tax revenue performance of the two industries can be attributed to many factors, chief of which is the failure of foreign companies lifting cargoes (particularly, crude oil) to pay tax. This is contrary to the provisions of the extant tax laws. The revenue leakage from these non-compliant companies is very huge.

“Tax authorities are unable to police these foreign companies because the transportation contracts are executed outside Nigeria and the tax authorities do not have the lifting schedules of the vessels ahead of their arrival in Nigeria.” He stated.

Muhammad Nami went further to add that governments’ existence and socio-economic development across the world today is defined by tax; as taxation has gone beyond a mere tool for raising revenue or a mere civil obligation of citizens.

“The whole world is engulfed in a tax war. In days ancient, nations went to war to capture land for its inherent natural resources. Today’s war is about tax. The inability of the Inclusive Framework to reach a consensus on the tax questions around the digitalised economy is a clear testimony that tax is the new “resource” for which people go to war.

“The statement published by the Inclusive Framework after a long-drawn negotiation clearly indicates that each country must clear a path for itself. The lack of consensus is, in itself, an eye opener; particularly for developing countries.” Nami stated.

Buhari tasks African governments on inclusive security

Buhari spoke on Thursday in Abuja at the 5th Conference of the Network of African Parliamentarians for Defence and Security Committees of the House of Representatives.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, Office of the Vice President, in a statement, said Buhari was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Buhari said his administration was actively striving to ensure that no segment of the Nigerian population feels alienated and marginalized.

The Conference is a strategic platform that brings together lawmakers from across Africa, as well as representatives of the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the European Union (EU).

It is to exchange ideas, share experiences and deliberate on common approaches to addressing threats to the continent’s collective security.

President Muhammadu Buhari says it is vital for African governments to renew their social compact with the citizenry so as to improve governance, development and build institutions that promote inclusive security and prosperity.

“Mobilizing the full spectrum of our national assets also means engaging the broad expanse of our societies.

“In order to do this, we must renew the social compact that binds governments and the governed and build institutions that promote inclusive security and prosperity.http://s.adx.opera.com/pagead?pk=s4592841290048&w=328&h=0&fpil=0&cc=US&conn=UNKNOWN&dt=PHONE&lc=en&opr=&ost=ANDROID&osv=10&pkg=news-af.dailyadvent.com&tk=f579ad4ecaa505be4ea9509c9ec770af&ts=1635456456&uc=true&uid=417d0e30-44f2-4067-99a3-97bc7b90a1ea&bl=en-US&cst=UTF-8&debug=false&rf=&sch=3715&scl=0&sct=0&scw=360&title=QnVoYXJpIHRhc2tzIEFmcmljYW4gZ292ZXJubWVudHMgb24gaW5jbHVzaXZlIHNlY3VyaXR5IC0gT3BlcmEgTmV3cyBPZmZpY2lhbA%3D%3D&tz=GMT%2B0100&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews-af.dailyadvent.com%2Fnews%2Fdetail%2Fcb3cf76dbe6bd3beea7355c772eecb80-push%3Ffeatures%3D2114219%26uid%3D9ca893987ea1f84cabe82379f6ad62cec940fe82%26like_count%3D0%26client%3Dmini&vph=600&vpw=360&vr=news-af.dailyadvent.com&ct=BIG_CARD&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_180x150&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_250x250&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_300x100&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_300x250&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_300x50&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_300x600&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_320x100&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_320x140&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_320x480&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_320x50&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_336x280&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_360x375&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_468x60&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_728x90&ct=NATIVE_BANNER_2x1&ct=NATIVE_BANNER_3x1&ct=NATIVE_BANNER_4x1&ct=NATIVE_BANNER_5x1&ct=NATIVE_BANNER_6x1&ct=NATIVE_BANNER_6x5&ct=NATIVE_SMALL_BANNER&ct=JS_TAG&ct=JS_TAG_LIST&ct=SMALL_CARD&ct=VIDEO_16x9&ct=VIDEO_9x16&ct=VAST_3_URL&ct=VAST_3_XML&pubcid=9afd5971-3e61-4971-891b-3d7c4d304724

” We recognize that having large segments of our population feeling alienated and marginalized is a critical vulnerability.”

He said that the challenge was to develop measures through policy and legislation that created an umbrella of human security over the people, thereby preventing the forces of destabilization from weaponizing the frustrations of the marginalized.http://s.adx.opera.com/pagead?pk=s4592841791680&w=328&h=0&fpil=0&cc=US&conn=UNKNOWN&dt=PHONE&lc=en&opr=&ost=ANDROID&osv=10&pkg=news-af.dailyadvent.com&tk=f579ad4ecaa505be4ea9509c9ec770af&ts=1635456456&uc=true&uid=4b955191-4485-4b82-b554-8a97217adaba&bl=en-US&cst=UTF-8&debug=false&rf=&sch=3715&scl=0&sct=0&scw=360&title=QnVoYXJpIHRhc2tzIEFmcmljYW4gZ292ZXJubWVudHMgb24gaW5jbHVzaXZlIHNlY3VyaXR5IC0gT3BlcmEgTmV3cyBPZmZpY2lhbA%3D%3D&tz=GMT%2B0100&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews-af.dailyadvent.com%2Fnews%2Fdetail%2Fcb3cf76dbe6bd3beea7355c772eecb80-push%3Ffeatures%3D2114219%26uid%3D9ca893987ea1f84cabe82379f6ad62cec940fe82%26like_count%3D0%26client%3Dmini&vph=600&vpw=360&vr=news-af.dailyadvent.com&ct=BIG_CARD&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_180x150&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_250x250&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_300x100&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_300x250&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_300x50&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_300x600&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_320x100&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_320x140&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_320x480&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_320x50&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_336x280&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_360x375&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_468x60&ct=DISPLAY_HTML_728x90&ct=NATIVE_BANNER_2x1&ct=NATIVE_BANNER_3x1&ct=NATIVE_BANNER_4x1&ct=NATIVE_BANNER_5x1&ct=NATIVE_BANNER_6x1&ct=NATIVE_BANNER_6x5&ct=NATIVE_SMALL_BANNER&ct=JS_TAG&ct=JS_TAG_LIST&ct=SMALL_CARD&ct=VIDEO_16x9&ct=VIDEO_9x16&ct=VAST_3_URL&ct=VAST_3_XML&pubcid=9afd5971-3e61-4971-891b-3d7c4d304724

The president said that in doing so, Nigeria would also ensure that the human and material resources deployed for growth and development were not consumed in conflict.

He said that the Conference was timely and urged African governments to have more strategic collaboration to tackle existential threats across the continent.

“Governments across the continent are dealing with multiple threats ranging from terrorism and piracy to transnational organized crime and insurrectionary challenges to the very legitimacy of our nations.

Buhari highlighted the efforts by the government in addressing the security challenges, particularly terrorism and insurgency.

“As part of our efforts in responding, we’ve prioritized our commitment to the constitutional imperative of guaranteeing the security and the welfare of the people.

“We’ve embarked upon an ambitious programme of reforming critical law enforcement institutions while sustaining consistently increased investment in our defence and security sectors.

“However, we recognize that the threats we face in this borderless age are often both local and transnational.

“We recognize that an insurrection or conflict in one country can spread like an infection across borders to destabilize neighbours and create even greater threats that jeopardize regional security and stability.

“This is why strategic multi-dimensional partnerships are essential to guaranteeing the peace, stability and prosperity of our nations and our continent.”

EXPOSED: A’IBOM FIRST LADY ALLEGEDLY PAYS SOME CHAPTER WOMEN LEADERS 250K FOR PDP NATIONAL CONVENTION, SHUN OTHERS

…as aggrieved chapter women leaders set to protest

The Akwa Ibom State First Lady and the wife of Governor Udom Emmanuel, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel has allegedly paid more than 15 PDP chapter women leaders N250k each to attend the PDP National Convention that will hold this weekend 30th October, 2021 at the Eagle’s Square, Abuja.

The governor’s wife directed her Secretary yesterday 27th October, 2021 to send the money and customized PDP wrapper only to those she instructed her to send to and forget about others.

After the money was sent to the selected women leaders, a text message was therefore sent to all the chapter women leaders to attend prayer fellowship in the government house. Those chapter women leaders who did not receive the said N250k refused to attend the prayer in the government house saying, what is the need of inviting them for prayer after which, the governor’s wife would give them #2000 only for transport but when it’s time to pay a reasonable amount of money, she selects and pays some and leaves some.

Newsline9ja.com reporter gathered that the reason why the governor’s wife paid some and abandoned some is not well spelled out but the feeler said, her reason for not paying the more than 10 chapter women leaders is unconnected with the blackmails against some women leaders about meeting with some governorship aspirants in the state.

The inside informant also revealed to newsline9ja.com reporter that, the more than 10 chapter women leaders that have not been paid the said money are set to protest because the marginalization by the governor’s wife is too much saying, it’s the same way the governor’s wife is paying some PDP chapter women leaders N100k every month but refused to pay some simply because they have been blackmailed to her.

Some of the chapter women leaders that have not been paid include: Ibesikpo, Eastern Obolo, Uyo, Uruan, Ibiono, Etinan, Nsit Ubium, Ibeno, and others…

The chapter women leaders wondered why the governor’s wife could treat them that way even when they did not do anything wrong as against the party’s constitution.

Newsline9ja.com also learnt that Mrs. Martha Udom pays some PDP chapter women leaders N100k monthly and leaves some for reasons best known to her.

As a result of this biased treatment by the First Lady, some chapter women leaders have concluded plans to stage a protest in order to express their grievances constitutionally.

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