VAIDS: President under pressure to extend deadline as amnesty ends today


As the tax amnesty under the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) ends on Saturday, some private sector players are said to be lobbying President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the amnesty period.

An official at the Presidency, who craved for anonymity, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday that governors and company owners had called the President and Vice President to push for the extension of the programme.

“We are expecting Mr President to make an announcement on the tax amnesty deadline by this weekend.

“To be frank and honest, nobody knows whether the President will decide to extend it or not, but there has been calls by state governors and key private sector players calling for the extension.

“However, it still remains unclear if the President will take the recommendation to extend it by another three months, since he had been advised otherwise by the Minister of Finance and Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) chairman,’’ the source…

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Joshua: I am battle ready for Parker

As they stood atop the scales at Friday’s weigh-in, Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker both looked at ease, confident in their own lighter frames, chuckling in the face of pressure ahead of today’s heavyweight mega-fight in front of 78,000 in Cardiff.
A brass band had just led Joshua in, a haka greeted Parker. The show had come to town. But beneath these calm fronts lies desperation to hold on to their own status as undefeated world champions.
At a weigh-in on Friday where both fighters showed respect for each other, WBA and IBF titleholder Joshua tipped the scales at 242 pounds (110kg) — 12 pounds lighter than for his most recent fight against Carlos Takam in October.
Parker, the WBO champion, weighed 236 pounds, nine pounds lighter than his last fight against Hughie Fury in September.
“I feel better,” said Joshua, who hasn’t been this light for a world title fight. “When I put this weight into the real thing, I’ll be a lot sharper and my reactions and timing will…

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FG names alleged treasury looters

■ Urges them to return looted funds 

Ismail Omipidan

The federal government yesterday released what it said was list of those who allegedly  looted the country’s treasury dry under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration. 
Addressing journalists yesterday in Lagos, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said it decided to release the list in response to the challenge threw at it by the PDP on Thursday.
This is just as he insisted  that the party’s apology would only be meaningful to Nigerians if the alleged looters returned all that they looted.
“Well, I am sure they know that the treasury was looted dry under their watch.
Yet they decided to grandstand. This shows the hollowness of their apology to Nigerians.
“Let’s just give them a teaser with this list: PDP Chairman , Uche  Secondus- on the 19th of Feb 2015,  took N200 million only from the office of then NSA. Then PDP Financial Secretary- on the 24th of Oct 2014, took N600 million…

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Atiku, Wike, Okorocha, Ayade, Ortom, Ajimobi, others preach peace at Easter

willy eya, Lagos TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt, STANLEY UZOARU, Owerri, ROSE EJEMBI, Makurdi, WOLE BALOGUN, Ado-Ekiti and GILBERT EKEZIE, Lagos

As Christians all over the world mark the Easter celebration tomorrow, prominent Nigerians have enjoined them to emulate Christ’s virtues.
In their congratulory messages made available to Saturday Sun, they advised Christians and all Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of tolerance and sacrifice as we pray for peace in the nation.
Leading the pack is former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who called on Nigerians to shun hatred, but to rather cultivate the virtues of love and sacrifice that characterised the life of Jesus Christ.
Abubakar, who recently indicated interest in the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in a statement issued by his media office described the two qualities as essential for ensuring unity in Nigeria, especially at this time “when vested and provincial interests threaten to…

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Threat to disrupt restructuring summit: Ohanaeze dares IPOB


The apex Igbo group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has warned the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) against carrying out its threat to disrupt the planned summit on restructuring by the umbrella socio-cultural organisation.
The Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mr Uche Okwukwu, who gave the warning in an interview with Saturday Sun called on IPOB to exercise restraint in disrupting the event that is of great importance to Nigerians in general and Ndigbo in particular.
Speaking on the threat, the Ohanaeze scribe said that IPOB should be aware that there is freedom of assembly and speech in the country and cautioned that there is punishment for anybody who violates the law.
He said: “If they are planning to disrupt the summit, I advise them to restrain from disrupting an event that would be of interest to the greater percentage of Nigerians and Ndigbo in particular. They cannot violate the law and expect not to be punished.
“Ohanaeze has done everything in the past to defend…

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Everyday is Project Day in Rivers

Simeon Nwakaudu

For those who live in Rivers State, projects have become a way of life, courtesy of Mr Projects. A classical case of “Everyday na Christmas.”
If a project is not being commissioned, another would be flagged off and yet another being inspected for quality delivery by the contractor. Therefore, everyday Rivers people talk, live and experience projects. This explains why when any other states complete a project, such a project automatically comes up for comparison with a similar project in Rivers.
Though this position that Rivers State has found herself is demanding, Governor Wike is equal to the task. He is committed to sustaining the momentum. After all, it is better to be rated amongst the very best. It is good that Rivers State is the cynosure of all eyes for the best of reasons.
In Rivers State, Governor Wike is saddled with the onerous responsibility of developing state and federal infrastructure. By all accounts, he has acquitted himself excellently .

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Grant Lagos special status, Ambode tells Buhari

■ Urges FG to cede National Stadium, Arts Theatre to state govt

Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to seriously consider the possibility of granting the state a special status to enable it sustain its position as the driver of the nation’s economic growth.
Governor Ambode, who spoke at a state dinner on Thursday evening in honour of President Buhari at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, as part of activities marking his two-day official visit to the state, expressed concerns that 26 years after the Federal Capital was relocated from Lagos to Abuja, the state has been left to strive for development without much Federal support.
The governor said that despite the strategic role that the state plays in the nation’s economy, there is still much untapped potential and opportunities for economic, social and cultural growth in the state, which he said his administration was doing its best to explore by strategically focusing on…

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Buhari’s visit divides South-West leaders


President Muhammadu Buhari’s two-day official visit to Lagos State which was rounded off yesterday has drawn mixed reactions from South-West leaders. While some Yoruba leaders who spoke with the SATURDAY SUN saw the visit as a good omen, and a welcome development, others described the visit as not only ill-timed but also a needless one.
Prominent Yoruba leaders that spoke include leading Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, founder, Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, Dr Fredrick Fasehun, Senator Femi Okurounmu, Chairman, Conference of APC States Chairmen, and Lagos State APC Chairman, Chief Henry Ajomale, and Pioneer President, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Alhaji Hassan Summonu.
In his own view, Chief Ayo Adebanjo carpeted President Buhari over the visit.
According to him, ’’Although I have nothing personal against Buhari’s visit to Lagos, my question is this: why should Buhari be coming to Lagos at a critical time he has a lot on his hands, when killings are…

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Two Lagos pupils die after falling into septic tank

Tunde Ajaja

It was a harvest of tears and emotions at Omikunle area of Ijaiye, Lagos State on Thursday as two pupils of a private school, identified as Bright Future Academy, lost their lives during a heavy downpour while returning from school around 4:30pm.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti, told our correspondent that the pupils, identified as Olumide Olaegbe, 15, and his friend, Farouk Jagun, 16, both of whom were in SS2, fell into a septic tank and that they were rushed to a private hospital in the area where they gave up the ghost.

He said, “The incident happened on March 29, 2018 at about 4:30pm. It was reported at the station in the evening of that same day.

“One Olumide Olaegbe, male, 15; and his friend, Farouk Jagun, male, 16; both students of Bright Future Academy fell into a septic tank at Foursquare Street while coming from school during a heavy downpour.

“Both of them gave up the ghost same hour while receiving treatment at a private…

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Enugu Govt. Awards Additional NI.I70bn Road Contracts

By Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt

The Enugu State Government has awarded contracts for the construction and rehabilitation of more urban and rural roads at the cost of over N1.170 billion.

In a similar development, the state government in a bid to reposition the Nike Lake Resort Hotel, Enugu to meet with the standard and generate revenue, dissolved the Board of the hotel. Addressing newsmen after the meeting of the State Executive Committee (EXCO), the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Greg Nnaji disclosed that the new road projects include the Achi Akpa –Daughters of Divine Love (DDL) Juniorate Main Entrance, Abakpa-Nike, Enugu East Local Government Area; Colliery Avenue to Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Headquarters, Enugu North L.G.A, and Reconstruction of Ezenwani Akpaka and Isukwuato Street/Ogui road, Asata Enugu at the cost of N46.309m, N32.348m and N19.996m, respectively.

Other projects include the re-awarded contract for the completion of Orie…

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