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Cutting governance cost will not solve Nigera’s revenue problem, says Akabueze

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Director-General of the budget office, Ben Akabueze has stated that cutting budget allocations to ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) will not have a significant impact on Nigeria’s revenue.

This statement was made on Tuesday by the DG of budget office at the presentation of the  World Bank’s latest report titled “Nigerian Development Update: Resilience through Reforms.” in Abuja.

According to Akabueze, allocations to the legislature account for less than one percent of the total budget for the year 2021 and as such, lowering them won’t resolve revenue problems.

“When people say drop cost, look at the cost profile of the federal government for instance, what do you want to drop?” he asked.

“Some people have said that we pay the legislature too much. Let’s concede that that is the case; the total budget of the national assembly is N128 billion. If I make that zero, this year we have a N13.6 trillion budget; so, N128bn is less than one percent. So, how does that move the needle?

“Also, the overhead budget for all federal government agencies this year was N425bn, which often is not even funded; if I make that zero, what does it do?”

On public servants, he said the public service was not bloated as the total number of government workers was small when compared to the country’s overall population.

“Again, if you think the public service is bloated, it is not true; if you take the total number of public servants relative to our population size, it is not much. Public service wages are very low,” Akabueze said.

The budget office DG said the challenge of the civil service was that there were too many people in the wrong jobs and too few people in the right jobs, adding that the federal government was working to address the issue.

He further suggested that the country could achieve revenue growth by getting rising of all regressive subsidies.

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Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (Rtd) has been presented with his Letter of Credence.

Buratai is the Ambassador-Designate to the Republic of Benin.

The immediate past Chief of Defence staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (Retired) was also presented with his Letter of Credence.

Olanisakin is the Ambassador-Designate to the Republic of Cameroon.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, according to the ministry presented the Letters of Credence to them on Wednesday morning.

Onyeama, during the brief ceremony, congratulated them on their appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari and called on them to deploy their wealth of experience to promote Nigeria’s interest during their tour of duty in countries of accreditation.

President Muhammadu Buhari had nominated the ex- four Service Chiefs on 4th February 2021.

They were confirmed by the Senate on February 23, 2021 despite public outcry.

Ex- Chief of Air staff, Ibok Ibias and former Chief of Naval Staff, Abubakar Sadique are still awaiting their posting.

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Tithing is a sinful practice that carries a curse for Christians – Daddy Freeze

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Popular media personality, Daddy Freeze has again addressed the act of tithing by Christians.

Freeze claimed that tithing is a sinful practice that carries a curse for Christians.

He said this in reaction to Pastor Mike Murdoch’s claim of tithe being a forever seed with a harvest which never ends.

According to him, there is no scriptural record of Non-Jewish Christians paying tithes.

The media personality wrote;

Of course the harvest for teachers like these is forever. Them go dey milk Una dey go. What a joke!

Tithing is a sinful practice that carries a curse for Christians. There is no scriptural record of Non Jewish Christians paying tithes.

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The federal government has disclosed that it will not hesitate to suspend any social media platform which allows activities that have a negative impact on the country.

This was disclosed on Tuesday by the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed when he appeared before a house of representatives investigative panel.

He was summoned by the green chamber to explain the circumstances behind the decision of the government to suspend Twitter’s operations in the country.

Speaking before the house committees on communication, justice, information and culture, and national security and intelligence, Mohammed said Twitter became a platform for those who want to “bring down” the country.

He said the government would also suspend any platform that wants to toe the same path as the microblogging site.

“On Twitter not being the only social media in Nigeria but banning Twitter alone, honestly, we suspended Twitter because Twitter became a platform of choice for those that want to bring down this country,” he said.

“If any other platform does it, we will suspend their operations too. It is because there is a country called Nigeria that they have business here.

“Honestly, I think it is a good opportunity for our very resourceful Nigerians to also look at how they can have an app that can replace Twitter, and it would be patronised by all of us. We have received a few approaches and we want to encourage them.”

The minister said for those whose businesses are affected by the Twitter suspension, there are other social media platforms operating in the country.

He said the government is open to discussion with Twitter and its suspension may be reversed after meeting the conditions imposed by the government.

“Like I have said, we owe no responsibility to Twitter. It is not registered in Nigeria. It does not employ Nigerians. It does not pay taxes to Nigeria,” he said.

“If Nigerians do make money through Twitter, unfortunately, Nigeria has to be a country first before they can make that money. Like I said, there are other platforms available to them. Hopefully, if we are able to resolve this matter quickly, they will resume use of Twitter.

“The doors are not closed. We are willing to speak to Twitter. Twitter has written a letter seeking for government dialogue and just today, I did issue a statement which I announced the government’s team that is ready to meet Twitter,” he said.

“When I leave here, I intend to see whether we can have a preliminary meeting of that committee. We hope that the committee will be able to meet first and that the committee would have a good dialogue with Twitter.

“But like we said, there are two basic things that Twitter or any OTT or social media needs to do — they must first be registered as a Nigerian company after which they will apply for licence. Other conditions will come up as we go along.”

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