• follow us in feedly

Gas marketers commends FG on liquefied petroleum gas VAT removal

By NewsDesk,

The Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers (NALPGAM) has commended Federal Government on removal of Value-Added Tax (VAT) placed on locally sourced Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

It said that clamor for the VAT removal from domestically produced LPG, otherwise known as cooking gas, has been of perennial concern to members of the association and that the government had yield to cry of stakeholders.

The President, NALPGAM, Nosa Ogieva-Okunbor, confirmed that the Federal Government had approved the removal of VAT on LPG and gazetted the same and that the action would yield positive result.

Speaking on the development through a statement issued on Thursday, Ogieve-Okunbor indicated that the FG’s move was a prove that both government and relevant agencies had work on raised concerned by the body.

“We express our profound gratitude to the Federal Government and all relevant government agencies for listening to our plea to remove VAT from LPG products sourced locally.

“We also want to use this opportunity to thank and appreciate the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) for its timely directive stopping the inappropriate and indiscriminate installation of skid plants in petrol stations,’’ Ogieva-Okunbor said in a statement.

However, the association’s president said that the directive that all skid plants in filling stations be dismantled and removed was apt, considering the huge danger they constitute to the public in the operations.

He appealed for a proper and thorough implementation of the directive across the country, just as he urged government to create a more conducive and enabling environment for investors in the industry, particularly now that deepening the consumption of LPG in the country had become one of its major interest.

Ogieva-Okunbor mentioned that the marketers were also geared toward ensuring the success of the programme by complementing government’s efforts.

“We appeal for a reduction on the import duty on LPG equipment and accessories.

“The increased awareness of LPG usage has seen consumption in Nigeria growing from 50,000MT in 2007 to over 600,000MT in 2018 with more indigenous investments in LPG bottling plants.

“This will further ensure that majority of Nigerians enjoyed the convenience of the proximity of LPG refill or exchange points.

“We implore the federal and state governments to initiate a well-funded social welfare programme to expand the usage of LPG,’’ the NALPGAM boss said.

Oyo workers begin 3-days warning strike

Workers in the Oyo State Public Service on Wednesday began a three-day warning strike over unpaid salaries and withdrawal of promotion by the state government.

The state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Waheed Olojede said that the state Public Service Joint Negotiating Council, comprising the NLC and Trade Union Congress, had been negotiating with the state government over the issues for the past three weeks.

He said that one of the issues was `technical’ withdrawal of workers’ promotion earlier approved by the state Gov. Abiola Ajimobi, which the beneficiaries enjoyed for few months.

“The promotion was approved by the governor in February 2018, which implementation commenced in March 2018, and a good number of workers started enjoying it.

To our surprise, by September 2018, the promotion was technically withdrawn by the Oyo State Government, and this led to setting up of a committee to meet the government to explain the reason.

“Other issues are outstanding salaries of workers in local governments and primary schools. They are yet to collect their December 2018 salaries which others have collected.

“In some local governments, workers are owed salaries of three to five months; this is why we said government must do the necessary things to ensure that workers are paid as and when due,’’ Olojede said.

According to him, a meeting between the committee and the government on Tuesday was inconclusive.

“This led to the declaration of the three-day warning strike. We had earlier notified the government of warning strike.’’

The NLC chairman added that there were crisis in  state-owned tertiary institutions.

He said that the institutions were facing one problem or the other and owed salaries and allowances, regretting that the situation had led to industrial unrest in the institutions.

Female Soldiers Assault Motorist in Lagos

Two female soldiers assaulted a man on Tuesday at Shipeolu Street, Shomolu, Lagos.

The incident happened in traffic this morning, an eyewitness said that the soldiers came down from a BMW car and started beating up the man.

Click to watch video of him being beaten.

The man Mr Onilude Ayangbemiga said they tried to overtake him but he did not stop because their plate number was covered and he feared they were robbers. They overtook him the second time and started beating him when he came down.

“They were claiming to be a soldier, but at the end of the day I was beaten to the extent that I have this wound on me”. – Mr Ayangbemiga.

Efforts to talk to the soldiers were proved abortive as our correspondent was slightly attacked by the soldiers.

Breaking: Fire Outbreak In Shomolu, Lagos

There is a fire outbreak at Bolaji Omupo street, Pedro, Shomolu, Lagos state.

A pure water factory, Bamas water caught fire this evening , the cause of the fire is currently unknown.

There are emergency responders on ground trying to salvage the situation and stop it from spreading to a fuel station nearby .


Details later. .

50 Corpses Burnt To Ashes In Anambra

Not less than 50 corpses deposited at the Enugwu Ukwu General Hospital Mortuary in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State have been burnt to ashes.

This followed a fire outbreak which started from a nearby bush, sources say, adding that no less than 50 corpses were burnt in the fire,

The mortuary which is located few metres from other buildings in the hospital, was the only building affected by the inferno.

Governor Obiano says that State government will set up a panel to look into the remote and immediate causes of the fire outbreak at the morgue.

Describing it as double tragedy, the Governor commiserated with those affected and pledged to immediately commence reconstruction of the burnt building.

He urged them to exercise patience with the mortuary attendants. Many people who kept their dead relatives in the mortuary rushed to the scene yesterday on learning of the incident and were seen sobbing uncontrollably as they were unable to identify corpses they deposited.

Among the burnt corpses was said to be that of a prominent man in the area who died in the USA, and was brought home for burial in January 2019, while his relations were renovating his house in readiness for the burial.

President-General of Enugwu Ukwu Development Union, Bonny Nkwoagu said last night that although efforts were made to put out the fire when it started, the harmattan made it difficult.

He said that fire fighters came, they ran out of water and it was when they went to fetch water that the mortuary got burnt.



Breaking: President Buhari presents 2019 budget before National Assembly

By News desk

President Muhammadu Buhari has presented 2019 budget to the joint National Assembly, reeling out plans to boost the economy and address challenges.

The 2019 budget of N8.83trn, according the President, was benchmarked 2.3 million barrels per day crude oil, N305 to $1 exchange rate, Real Gross Domestic Product, GDP growth of 3.01 per cent and Inflation rate of 9.98 per cent.

The president who arrived the green chambers at 12:40 p.m. amidst applause from supporters and freedom songs from the opposition. The shouts of ‘Sai Baba’ to welcome the arrival of the president has drowned the chants of anti-Buhari supporters.

While admitting that the budget was the last to the 8th national assembly, the president review economic developments of the last three years, with particular reference to 2018.

According to him, the last three and half years have been challenging both at home and abroad.

“The economy has recovered from recession and we have done more work with less resources in agriculture, and social investment,” Buhari said.

Buhari said that the Gross Domestic Product has increased from 1.7 per cent in the third quarter of 2017 to 1.81 per cent in the third quarter of 2018.

He noted that the foreign reserve has increased from $20.57 billion in May 2016 to $42.92 billion in December 2018.

He said inflation rate in November dropped to 11.28 per cent from 18.72 in January 2017, noting, this has contributed to exchange rate stability.

“We simply prioritised the completion of ongoing projects over introduction of new ones,” Buhari added.

Buhari stressed that over 100 of these projects have been completed, saying, in every state in Nigeria, today there is a major road under construction.

“In the railway sector, we completed the Abuja-Kaduna rail line and the Abuja metropolis rail line. The Ajaokuta-Itakpe and Lagos-Kano rail line are on course. A significant progress has been made on the Lagos-Ibadan part of the project,” Buhari said.

Buhari stated that his administration has awarded the contract to dualise the Mokwa-Jebba road.

On power, the President said a good number of projects are ongoing in the country.

“As a government, we took a long term view of tracking the effect of climate change. In the last two years, we have planted over 2.3 billion seedlings in 21 states.”

The President disclosed that half a million graduates have been employed under the N-power scheme.

He added that 297,000 people from 26 states are benefiting from the conditional fund transfer programme of the government.

According to him, all recovered looted assets will be liquidated to help in funding the 2019 budget.

“In order to put to use for benefit of all Nigerians, monies and assets stolen from public treasury, the 2019 budget created a revenue line for monies recovered.”

“Of the N9.2 trillion budgeted in 2018, N4.59 trillion has been spent as at September 30 as against the N6.84 trillion target. Other items not actualised in the budget have been rolled over to 2019,” the president added.

On subsidy, Buhari said it was abused in the past but his government has made NNPC the sole importer and now, the under recovery was from NNPC account while false claim by marketers is removed.

The breakdown: of the N8.83 budget indicated that Recurrent expenditure was N4.04 trillion, Debt service; N2.14 trillion,
Statutory transfer; N492.36 billion, Sinking fund; N120 billion and Capital expenditure; N2.031 trillion.

He hinted that Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) have been directed to implement the IPPIS by March 2019.

“I am committed to the minimum wage. I will be sending a bill to you on this. Also, plans have been concluded to set up a technical committee to advise on how to fund the new minimum wage without extra borrowing.”

Going into the budget, Buhari said N65 billion has been set aside for the Amnesty Programme in the 2019 budget, N45 billion for the North-east intervention fund and N10 billion take off capital for the North East Development Commission.

He said N15 billion has been set aside for the re-capitalisatoon of the Bank of Agriculture and Bank of Industry while N10 billion has been provided for SMSEs.

“Every child counts; this is the guiding principle of our nation’s educational system. We will be establishing a health care system that prioritises the primary health care,” Buhari added.

The President disclosed that the budget was prepared after wide consultation, urging the lawmakers to expedite passage of the budget despite their preoccupation with election activities.

Breaking News: Fayose escapes death in auto crash

Ekiti State former governor, Ayodele Fayose, has been involved in an accident on the Third Mainland Bridge this afternoon.

Confirming the auto-crash, his media aide, Lere Olayinka, disclosed that the accident occurred on the Third Mainland Bridge.

Though Olayinka did not state the side of the bridge where the accident occurred but hinted that the former governor was in stable condition.

He said: “Immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose was involved in auto accident on 3rd Mainland Bridge in Lagos few minutes ago. He is in stable condition as I write while he is receiving medical attention”

Breaking News: 2019: Ambode’s aide resigns, joins PDP

Pained by All Progressives Congress, APC’s denial of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State second term, his commissioner for Energy, Wale Oluwo , has resigned his appointment.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Oluwo Olawale Wasiu, has resigned from the cabinet of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) with immediate effect.
The former commissioner, in a letter sent to the State party chairman on Wednesday, declared support for the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Jimi Agbaje.
Wasiu stated that his decision to resign is connected to the party’s conduct of the October 2018 primary elections in the state, which was characterized by massive voters disenfranchisement, intimidation and violence.
The former commissioner said: “In a particular case of the gubernatorial primary, which was conducted using the “open ballot” option in violation of the guidelines of the APC that specified the “Open-secret ballot” option, it is clear to me that the core principles of merit, competence, justice and fairness have been sacrificed by the APC on the alter of political expediency.”
Wasiu also noted that the integrity-deficient nature of the primary has significantly diminished the hard-earned reputation of the State as a reference point for free and fair democratic practice.
“The indifference of the APC to the continued use of an arm of government by a powerful group within the party, to intimidate critical institutions of democracy in the state, undermines the doctrine of separation of powers, creates an atmosphere of uncertainty and impairs governments’s ability to implement programmes that will benefit the majority of the people,” he added.

He also said, “I, Olawale Oluwo, will be joining the PDP to work with my friend and brother – Mr. Jimi Agbaje in the struggle to #FreeLagos “. #FreeLagosNow #iStandwithJimi

Oluwo has joined the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to ensure the party wins 2019 gubernatorial elections.

Breaking News: Alimosho assures Sanwo-Olu 500,000 votes during governorship election in 2019

Members of All Progressive Congress (APC), from Alimosho, the west senatorial district of Lagos State, have assured gubernatorial candidate of the party, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, that the axis of the state would deliver him 500, 000 votes during governorship election come 2019.

They said that they would not only deliver the votes but also ensure he wins the election with highest votes, since Alimosho contributes largely and remains result determinant.

Besides, the stakeholders, in their unanimous voice, tabled their demands before the Lagos APC’s governorship candidate which included three commissioner seats, 10 directorship slots among others, just as they urged Sanwo-Olu to also not neglect youth from the axis, and that, providing them job opportunity and empowering their capacity would go a long way.

At a stakeholders meeting on Tuesday at Alimosho, which Sanwo-Olu, his running mate, Dr. Femi Hamzat and delegates from campaign team were in attendance, the entire leaders from the community claimed that they and members of the party had been able to silence People Democratic Party (PDP) and that their efforts were to ensure that the opposition is not giving chances to function in the axis.

The Apex Leader, Alimosho, Ikeja West Division of Lagos State, All Progressive Congress, Abdullahi Enilolobo, affirmed that the division would not fall short from delivering 500,000 votes for Sanwo-Olu during the governorship election come 2019, just as he promised to work to keep opposition away from moving close to the governorship candidate.

Solomon Olamilekan Adeola Yayi also gave his assurance, he said Alimosho is the backbone of Lagos and anyone who says otherwise is wrong. He said ” Alimosho is in our pockets”.

Sanwo-olu’s running mate, Dr. Femi Hamzat enjoined them to come out enmasse and vote for the All progressive congress candidates (APC). He said, “Senator Gaya in Kano had 130 million votes at just the primary elections, we should come out and beat that number”.

The gubernatorial candidate Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu implored the people of Alimosho to support his ambition, said the stakeholders should not relent on their promises; he promised to fulfill their wants and he mentioned that some people from this constituency are to be his special advisers. He thanked everyone there present and he also praised Alimosho as being a very important part of the state.

He said, “Alimosho is not only important to me, it is the soul and the heartbeat, Lagos west is critical to everyone of us”.



Sanwo-Olu flags off campaign, announces Badagry expressway fixing as priority

Lagos State chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has flagged off campaign as flag bearer of the party running for governorship office in the state.

Besides, Sanwo-Olu assured that fixing of the Lagos-Badargry express way would be one of his priority should he get into office after election in 2019.

The unofficial flag of by the candidate came 24hrs after Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officially lifted ban on campaigns for governorship candidates and that of other political offices’ seekers, aside  that of presidential,  which as removed barely two weeks ago.

Sanwo-Olu, while speaking before a political gathering at Lagos senatorial Badagry division on Sunday, which has Deputy Governor, Idiat Adebule, in attendance, after a visit to various monarchs in the axis, declared that campaign for his governorship move had kicked off on Sunday and that he would hitting ground running.

He said that those saying Lagos state is behind is very wrong as Lagos state is far ahead, and they do not know Lagos state very well. He said it’s a must Lagos – Badagry expressway is fixed, and it becomes a priority for his administration once he is elected. “I and my deputy will transform the two lanes to ten lanes if we are elected in the 2019 elections’.

Addressing the constituents, Sanwo-Olu said his visit to Badagry is imperative and significant because he will run an all inclusive government when voted in as governor of Lagos state.
He assured that the completion of the 10 lane Badagry expressway will be of utmost importance to his government .
He said his administration will bring succor to the people of Badagry as he promised to fix the Ijeodo road, Iyafin road in BADAGRY, Ijagemo and Ijegun road
Students in that area were not also left out,as Sanwo-olu promised to make free WiFi available for LASU and ACOED students this month.