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FG orders Nigerians with financial balances to fill, submit Self-Certification Forms

The FG cautioned that inability to go along may incorporate money related punishment or powerlessness to work the record.

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The Nigerian government has ordered all persons holding accounts across financial institutions and insurance firms to complete and submit Self-certification forms.

This was announced by the Federal Government in a social media statement on Thursday. The FG warned that failure to comply may include a monetary penalty or inability to operate the account.

It stated, “This is to notify the general public that all account holders in Financial Institutions (Banks, Insurance Companies, etc) are required to obtain, complete and submit Self – Certification Forms to their respective Financial Institutions. Persons holding accounts in different financial institutions are required to complete & submit the form to each one of the institutions. The forms are required by the relevant financial institutions to carry out due diligence procedures in line with the Income Tax Regulations 2019.”

According to the government, the certification forms would be in 3 categories, which are “Form for Entity – For Controlling Person (Individuals having controlling interest in a legal person, trustee, etc) – Form for individual”.

Comply or face sanctions: The Government urged Nigerians to comply with the requirements and execute all forms needs, if not sanctions may be introduced in the forms of monetary penalty or inability to operate the account.

  • The government did not explain what those sanctions will be and how it will be implemented.
  • The inability to operate the account suggests the government could end up freezing the bank account of Nigerians
  • Nigerians have over N30 trillion in bank deposits according to Nairalytics research.

The government has over the years introduced several measures targeted at increasing tax revenues. For example…

  • Last year, the FIRS launched a new universal TIN aimed to boost tax compliance and revenue collection in the country.
  • Former FIRS Boss, Fowler, stated then that “the new system is able to generate TIN automatically for newly registered cooperate taxpayers from CAC, verify TIN details and print TIN certificate, using the TIN Verification Portal.
  • And that “The system also allows tax officials and taxpayers to initiate TIN registration from the comfort of their homes/offices and at their convenience, as the system also notifies the taxpayer through a robust and secured system-system integration, with transparent and convenient benefits.”

What they are Saying: Social media in Nigeria erupted in a frenzy as twitter users reacted to the tweets by the government’s handle.

  • Tweets had gathered over 3,800 comments, over 8,000 retweets, over 3000 tweets.
  • Here are some tweets;

 

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ECONOMY & POLITICS

LG polls: Voters with Temporary Cards can vote – LASIEC

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The Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) says voters in possession of the Temporary Voter Cards (TVCs) are eligible to vote in Saturday’s local government election in the state.

Justice Ayotunde Phillips (retd.), LASIEC Chairman, said this at a news conference on Friday at its headquarters in Yaba, Lagos.

Phillips said voters in possession of either the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and TVCs would be allowed to cast vote across the state.

She also reiterated that the commission was ready to conduct a free, fair and credible poll.

She said: “Voting process starts at 8.00 a.m. and end at 3.00 p.m., while those in the queue by 3.00 p.m. shall be attended to. Election shall be conducted with the use of smart card readers, PVC and TVC.

“Persons Living with Disabilities would be adequately assisted in the election process, while the elderly people, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers shall be giving preference in casting their votes.”

According to her, the development that leads to a free, fair and credible election starts with the promotion of public confidence and trust in the process.

She noted that this could only be achieved through active involvement and collaboration with crucial stakeholders.

Phillips said that as part of preparations, non- sensitive materials had been deployed while the distribution of sensitive materials to all the 20 LGAs and 37 LCDAs would be done on Friday night in the presence of security agencies.

The chairman, who noted that 15 political parties would be participating in the election, assured the electorate of adequate provision for security of lives and property.

“The electorate and Lagos residents are being assured that there will be adequate security beyond the exercise.

“Security of lives and property before, during and after the election is fundamental and is being given topmost priority.

“The commission is leaving no stone unturned to ensure a successful, free, fair and credible election that is devoid of violence, intimidation and harassment,” Phillips added.

She urged all stakeholders to inform, encourage and mobilise voters to come out and freely express their political choice through the electoral process.

Phillips said the commission had embarked on stakeholders’ sensitisation programmes in all the five divisions of the state to stem the tide of voter apathy.

According to her, the commission has concluded recruitment and training of all ad hoc staff for the poll.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that security operatives with patrol vans and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) have been strategically positioned in and around the LASIEC office.

Vehicular movement also has been restricted around LASIEC office located at No 2 Birrel Avenue Sabo, Yaba while the entire stretch of Lancaster Road, Sabo, Yaba has been barricaded.

(NAN)

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Wema Bank announces the appointment of 2 new directors

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Wema Bank Plc has announced the appointment of Prince Olusegun Adesegun and Mr. Adeyemi Adefarakan as Non-Executive Directors, with effect from July 19, 2021.

This disclosure is contained in a notification which was sent by Wema Bank to the Nigerian Exchange Group Limited (NGX), esteemed shareholders and other stakeholders, signed by the Company Secretary, Johnson Lebile.

According to the notice, the appointments of Prince Olusegun Adesegun and Adeyemi Adefarakun have both been approved by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

 

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Poultry Association warns of 10% job losses

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The Lagos Chapter of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) has warned that Nigeria may likely witness 10% job losses if the immediate problems facing the sector including the rising cost of feeds are not addressed by the federal government.

This was disclosed by PAN’s Lagos chapter Chairman, Mr Godwin Egbebe, in Lagos on Thursday, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

What the Association is saying about Poultry feed

“If the growing price of poultry feed and a host of other challenges in the sector continue, 10% of Nigerians may lose their jobs as poultry farmers continue to shut down across the country.

The situation on ground is that the poultry sector is actually at risk because of the growing prices of poultry feed.

The situation has made a lot of poultry farmers to close shop because of the problems in the sector.

Mr Egegbe added that some farmers have called it quits and have started advertising to sell their cages off because they want to close their businesses, he urged the FG to take the problems in the poultry sector very serious.

“It is like they are not taking us serious the way they take the problems in the cattle sector,” he said.

“The kind of employment that the poultry sector gives to Nigeria, the cattle sector cannot give such but the government is not taking the poultry sector serious.

We want the government to do all they can to intervene in the sector so that these poultry farms do not become grounded.

This is because if they do, about 10% of the population will lose their jobs.

He stated that prices cannot keep rising as customers were barely managing to buy poultry products because of the current high prices leading to an egg glut in the market.

What you should know

In a bid to support poultry farmers in Nigeria, Our source reported last month that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), moved to crash the price of maize as it has approved the release of 50,000 metric tonnes of maize to 12 major producers, from the strategic maize reserve (SMR) under its Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP).

The apex bank said that the release was to enable moderation and price control in the Nigerian market adding that the action, the third of such releases to the companies, was intended to check activities of middlemen that cause hoarding and artificial scarcity.

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