Every day, we bring you the best stories the media is reporting about the Government of Nigeria.
“The Nigerian Air Force said it had deployed seven fighter jets and attack helicopters to Benue and Taraba states in an on-going Operation Whirl Stroke, to tackle the herdsmen and farmers’ violence in the two states. The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, confirmed the deployment in Makurdi, Benue State, during an induction of the seventh platform — an Mi-35P attack helicopter on Saturday.According to Abubakar, the deployed aircraft are two F-7 fighter jets, two Mi-35 helicopters, one ATR plane, one 350 King air surveillance aircraft and one Mi-35P helicopter. The air chief said the military operation, which also covered Nasarawa State, would seek an end to the violent clashes between the herders and the communities.” Punch reported this.
“Federal Government has vowed to take proactive measures to protect the Nigerian territorial boundaries from external attacks. This government assurance is coming on the heels of the intelligence report that the Islamic State (ISSI), is secretly training jihadist fighters in Nigeria to launch an attack on Britain. The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahaman Dambazau while speaking at the presentation of a new curriculum for the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) training institutions across the country in Abuja said government will do all it takes to protect the country’s territorial integrity. He stressed that, with this opportunity, immigration officials should be able to deliver the services expected of them by Nigerians since things change from time to time and they are no expected to be static as they are expected to go along with the changes in the society and globally.” Business Day (Monday, 25th June 2018, Page 35) reported this.
Business Day (Monday, 25th June 2018, Page 35) reports that “the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that the Buhari Administration is steadily transforming Nigeria through innovative measures that are yielding positive results. He stated this In a keynote address he delivered at the 2018 ‘Africa Together Conference’ at the University of Cambridge in the UK. The Minister listed investment in people, changing the business environment and building national infrastructure as some of the areas in which the administration has made a great impact. He said by focusing on education and skills acquisition, the administration was addressing the need to create opportunities for the country’s teeming youth population as skill shortages in the labour pool are being addressed through several measures, including the four-pronged N-Power programme that is providing employment and vocational training for graduates.”
“As the tax amnesty programme under the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme comes to an end on Saturday, June 30, the Federal Inland Revenue Service and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have agreed to begin a massive clampdown on tax defaulters that fail to take advantage of the twelve months tax amnesty window. Both agencies have also agreed to deepen and strengthen their collaboration to track both individuals and organisations that refused to pay the right amount of taxes.” Punch reports that “findings showed that government was aware of the slow nature of the judicial system and may be setting up special courts to fast track the adjudication of tax related offences under the VAIDS initiative. Upon the expiration of the deadline on June 30, the Federal Government will go after the 130, 000 high profile individuals if they fail to regularise their tax status by declaring under VAIDS.”
The Sun reports that “the Federal Government has concluded plans to permanently solve the farmers-herdsmen conflicts, which has claimed the lives of thousands in the affected states over the years. The plan tagged ‘National Livestock Transformation Plan’, was unveiled by the Secretary of the National Economic Council (NEC) sub-committee, Dr. Andrew Kwasari; at a press briefing in Abuja. According to the plan, market-driven ranches with different cluster models would be created in each of the selected states for improved livestock productivity through breed improvement, pasture production, as well as efficient land and water productivity. The states to benefit from the plan include Adamawa, Benue, Ebonyi, Edo, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Oyo, Plateau, Taraba and Zamfara. A Ranch Design Plan has also been proposed in models of various sizes clustered in 94 locations in the 10 pilot states. The government intends to transition pastoralism to ranching in order to reduce the struggle for common resources, Kwasari stressed.”
“Nigeria is set to partner foreign consultants, comprising legal practitioners and other experts in Switzerland on a voluntary offshore asset repatriation scheme. This is coming barely one week to the expiration of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS), which was extended to June 30 by President Muhammadu Buhari after the initial grace period, lapsed.” News Agency of Nigeria reported that “Mr Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bern, Switzerland on the sideline of a meeting held at the Nigerian Embassy. Malami said that under the scheme, experts would collaborate with the Swiss Government to target funds that have not been identified in ongoing investigations. The success of the scheme in Switzerland will determine the inclusion of other nations, the minister said.”
“The Federal Government says is returning to the drawing board to address some of the challenges that had been bedeviling the implementation of the Federal Integrated Staff Housing Scheme (FISH). The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. She said that the Government had realised that the cost of houses in the FISH Programme originally planned to go through developers was too exorbitant for civil servants hence the need to return to the drawing board. She added that this partnership would further reduce the cost of the houses and make it affordable for civil servants, instead of the initial price placed on it by the developers.” News Agency of Nigeria reported this.
“National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has called on Nigerians and legal residents in the country to enrol in the National Identity Database for their National Identity Number (NIN) to forestall embarrassment. Mr Aliyu Aziz, the Director-General of NIMC, made the call in an interview in Abuja. Aziz said NIN was a valid and verifiable means of identification used to link all records about an individual in the database. According to him, NIMC has over 930 registration centres nationwide in all state capitals, local government secretariats and over 200 special centres located in places like hospitals, banks and ministries. He cautioned against double registration as an attempt to register twice was a criminal offence.” So writes Vanguard.