Good Day Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Monday 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State in a statement on Sunday says that his handover note is ready for the scrutiny of the people making enquires about his government. Fayose also urged the Ekiti State Governor-elect. Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to stop spreading falsehood about him or the finances of his administration. He further noted that the claim that his government had accumulated a debt of N117billion as against the N18billion it inherited were mere fabrication. “Fayemi is already preparing excuses for his impending failure at the tribunal. It is on record that the Ekiti State Government was indebted to the tune of N86, 013,689,097 as of October 16, 2014, that Governor Fayose took over. The debts are broken down as follows: bank loans; N15,831,613,425.62, Bond; N26,749,796,784.75, outstanding warrants; N15,522,552,900.76, outstanding to road contractors; N21,286,126,749, outstanding remittances to the Federal Government; N709,883,656.75, outstanding remittances (state government); N592,995,374.89 and EKSG public servants outstanding emoluments; N5,137,888,224.37,” Fayose said.
2. Tunde Fowler, the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), has threatened to go after the bank accounts of defaulting taxpayers who are raking in billions of naira in Nigeria and are not paying taxes. He said that the FIRS has record of 6,772 billionaires who do not pay tax. He noted that most of those who had between N1billion and N5billion in their accounts had no Taxpayer Identification Number. “What we have done is what we call substitution, which also is in our laws, and which empowers us to appoint the banks as collection agents for taxes. So, all these ones with TIN and no pay, and no TIN and no pay, totalling 6,772 will have their accounts frozen or put under substitution pending when they come forward. First, they refused to come forward in 2016; they refused to come forward under VAIDS and are still operating here. So, we are putting them under notice that it is their civic responsibility to pay tax and to file returns on these accounts,” he said.
3. Dr. Chris Ekpenyong, a former Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, has threatened to expose records of Senator Godswill Akpabio’s secret deals if he (Akpabio) continued in his campaign of lies against him. Akpabio was alleged to have criticized Ekpenyong that he deceived him into defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress. But Ekpenyong who has been endorsed to contest the Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial Seat against Akpabio, however described the allegation against him as baseless. “It sounds childish that someone of that level should make this kind of baseless allegation simply because I am challenging him for the mandate we willingly gave to him in 2015, which he threw away because of selfish interest. Assuming someone gave that kind of advice and agreed, it means someone can ask him to go and jump into the river and he would obeyed? If he (Akpabio) continues to attack me, I will unleash his records of secret deals,” Ekpenyong said.
4. The President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Sunday at the thanksgiving service of Senator Barnabas Gemade’s 70th birthday in Makurdi, the capital of Benue State, said that the era of impunity would soon end in the country. He noted that the Senate under his leadership and the National Assembly would continue to stand against impunity.