Good morning Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top newspaper headlines in Nigeria for today Friday, 22nd January 2021
President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja directed the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) and related government agencies to plug all revenue leakages by ensuring strict compliance of tax payments by foreign companies operating in Nigeria, urging deployment of more digital platforms and seamless connections.
Speaking, virtually, at the First National Tax Dialogue held at the Conference Hall of the State House, the President ordered all government agencies to automate operations and ensure more synergy in advancing the interest of the nation in revenue generation.
Nigeria has been listed among twelve African countries to receive the first batch of COVID-19 vaccine in the next month.
The development was confirmed on Thursday, January 21 by the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi, Naija News understands.
According to the Ekiti State governor, the first shipment of the vaccines for developing countries would arrive in Nigeria by the end of February.
The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina on Thursday in Abuja predicted that Nigeria will recover from recession this year.
He added that the country’s economy will record a 1.5 percent growth rate in 2021, and 2 percent growth in 2022.
The AfDB boss spoke while making a presentation as the keynote speaker at the First National Tax Dialogue held virtually at the Conference Hall of the State House.
The Kano State High Court, appeal division, on Thursday set aside the death sentence passed on Kano singer, Aminu Yahaya Sharif, for blasphemy.
The State Chief Judge, Nuraddeen Sagir, in his ruling ordered a retrial of the case against Sharif who had filed an appeal to challenge the sentence.
The Judgement was delivered on grounds that the lower court’s proceedings were characterized by irregularities.
The spokesman of the military, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, on Thursday, noted that it is winning the war against insurgency and banditry in Nigeria.
Enenche made this claim while speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday.
The military spokesman referred to the recent operations against bandits in Zamfara and Katsina as evidence of the military’s efforts against insecurity.
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has distanced itself from claims credited to the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello about COVID-19 vaccines.
A communique issued by the governors at the end of their meeting which held virtually on Wednesday, (but made public on Thursday), rejected claims by Bello that the COVID-19 vaccines are meant to kill Nigerians.
It will be recalled as earlier reported by Naija News that the Governor was seen in a video widely circulating on Facebook, discouraging a crowd of supporters from taking the vaccines.
Residents of Akure on Thursday took to the streets to protest in support of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s seven-day ultimatum to herdsmen to vacate forest reserves in the state.
It was gathered commercial drivers, forest guards, farmers, and traders stormed the streets to ask the herdsmen to immediately leave the reserves and make themselves known to the government.
The protesters also asked the state government not to be intimidated by the Presidency or anybody in the federal government.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan says restructuring alone will not help solve the security and other challenges facing the country.
Speaking at the 18th Daily Trust Dialogue held on Thursday in Abuja, Jonathan said other solutions should be provided to solve the numerous problems bedeviling Nigeria.
Jonathan also asked Nigerians to come up with specific solutions that will fit the country’s numerous challenges.
Former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, has berated President Muhammadu Buhari led government over his inability to secure the life of citizens from deadly attacks by criminal groups, especially in the North.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, while speaking in Abuja on Wednesday, January 20 said northern elders are very angry with the president, adding that they will not be silent because their person from the North is in power.
Lamenting on the spate of insecurity in the northern region of the country, Bafarawa said it is unwise that the Nigerian government continued to spend billions on COVID-19 while thousands of people are displaced in the North.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported one thousand nine hundred and sixty-four (1964) new cases of COVID-19 disease in Nigeria.
The new figures of the dreaded virus were announced on Thursday night, January 21 on the official Twitter account of the disease control agency, Naija News reports.
This brings the overall number of the novel virus in Nigeria to 116,655 with a total of 93,646 people discharged while death claimed 1,485 people.
That’s the top Nigerian newspaper headlines for today. Read more Nigerian news on Naija News. See you again tomorrow.
Source: Naija News