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According to the Guardian “the Federal Government, yesterday, in Lagos, engaged the lottery and gaming operators, as it unveiled an automation collection process that would be used to charge Value Added Tax (VAT) on lottery and gaming activities.This is coming against the backdrop of government’s increased efforts to raise its non-oil revenue profile, a development that has been seen as “hunting without barriers”. The forum, organised by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in conjunction with the National Regulatory Commission (NLRC), had the FIRS Chairman, Tunde Fowler, assure the sector operators that every concern would be addressed and transparently.”

The Federal Government has ordered two additional coaches for the Abuja-Kaduna rail service route to solve the passengers upsurge. Mr Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, gave the directive on Monday during the monthly inspection of the ongoing Lagos-Ibadan rail line at Ologueru, Ibadan. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there was an upsurge of passengers on the Abuja-Kaduna train service due to the activities of kidnappers along the Abuja-Kaduna road.” The Nation reports that “Amaechi said the Nigerian Railway Corporation would move two additional coaches from Itakpe-Warri rail lines to that route. He also warned that staff caught in illegal sales of tickets would be arrested and prosecuted accordingly. “We are going there to arrest anyone caught up with tickets racketeering. The long queue at that axis is because coaches are not enough. The reason we bought those coaches was for people to sit down. But people are standing, they shouldn’t stand. But, I have directed that we should move two coaches from Itakpe-Warri to Kaduna-Abuja. Today is the first day that I will be giving this directive. The first directive I gave was to move two coaches from Itakpe-Warri to Lagos. When we saw the problem today, I told the MD, to move two coaches to Kaduna from Itakpe-Warri because, there are no much passengers in that axis,” he said.”

“Professor Isaac Adewole, the minister of health, on Monday, said the Federal Government had put plans in place towards achieving the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through additional support and sustainable resources to implement and sustain the gains.” According to Independent “Adewole added that sustainable financing, eliminating inequity, improving on community participation, and building and sustaining partnerships, as well as ensuring accountability and transparency “were very critical to our health system.” He made this known in his message to commemorate this year’s World Health Day with theme: ‘Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere’. The slogan is ‘Health for All’. Adewole said the theme was in alignment with President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve to provide qualitative healthcare to all Nigerians. According to him, care provision fund ensures that all Nigerians were covered with some form of health insurance to prevent any of us from falling into poverty as a result of sickness. To do this, he explained, would require the efforts of all stakeholders- civil society, legislators, media, development partners and other social sectors of the economy and the community. All hands, he continued, needed to be on deck to deliver on Universal Health Coverage. The minister further stated that “this celebration represents our common interests, partnership and collective action to move from political will to political action in our efforts to provide Universal Health Coverage for the benefit of our people.”

According to Blue Print, “Electricity Generation Companies (GenCos) Monday said it released 3,522 megawatts of electricity into the national grid on April 7. GenCos in its daily energy report released on Monday in Abuja, said the electricity released by the GenCos, comprising gas-fired and hydro stations, was down by 657.07 megawatts from the figure released on Saturday. It said 202.70 megawatts was not generated due to high frequency resulting from unavailability of distribution infrastructure while 1,771 megawatts was not generated due to unavailability of gas. GenCos said 100 megawatts was dropped due to unavailability of transmission infrastructure while 2,369.30 megawatts were dropped due to high frequency resulting from unavailability of distribution infrastructure. The report said 150 megawatts was recorded as losses due to water management procedures. The report revealed that the power sector lost an estimated N2.1 billion on Sunday due to insufficient gas supply, distribution and transmission infrastructure. The report, however, showed that the peak generation attained on the day was 4,190 megawatts.”

“In a bid to diversify the nation’s economy, the Federal Government say it has discovered high quality of platinum group elements in a village in Niger. Alhaji bubakar Bwari, the Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development, announced this on Monday at the groundbreaking ceremony of AG Vision Mining Site in Suleja Local Government Area of the state. Bwari said that the large mineral deposit was discovered at Kuchiko village in Suleja. He added that the quality of the discovery was higher than that of South Africa, regarded as the highest deposit of the mineral in the world. “A preliminary report by the company shows high deposit of minerals we are looking for. From what we have seen, the results are quite encouraging. The platinum group they have seen so far, the quality we have is higher than that of South Africa. And they are world largest producer of platinum group metal. That goes to show that Nigeria is highly endowed with this mineral. But what we are looking for now is the commercial viability of the mineral,’’ he said. He said that AG Vision Mining, awarded the exploration project in 2018, made the discovery.” Business Day (April 9, 2019, page A6) reported this.

“Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the weekend said the commencement of academic activities at the Nigerian Maritime University (NMU), Okerenkeko, Delta State, remained the strongest demonstration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to the development of the Niger Delta region.” According to Business Day, “Osinbajo said this at the maiden matriculation ceremony of the NMU held at the temporary site of the institution in Kurutie, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State. Osinbajo, who was represented by his special adviser on Niger Delta, Edebor Iyamu, said the Federal Government would continue to embark on meaningful projects that will attract development to the region. “This university commenced academic activities with 270 students spread across 13 undergraduates programme in three faculties of Engineering, Environmental Management and Marine Transport and Logistics. Buhari has made it clear to develop the Niger Delta in the last four years. It is a measure of the President to re-write the story of a rejected region. The seriousness in which we view the Niger Delta informed the series of unprecedented engagement that resulted in the comprehensive development plan known as the new vision of the Niger Delta.”