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FG begins construction of low-cost houses in Ibadan

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The Federal Housing Authority (FHA) has commenced the construction of low and medium-cost houses in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The buildings will sit on 1000 hectares of land set aside as Ajoda New Town along the Ibadan-Ife expressway. The cheapest flat in the estate will cost a little over N4million according to a building partner Dr. Mike Anjorin.

In a chat with The Nation after a familiarization tour of the project yesterday, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, FHA, Sen. Gbenga Ashafa, said the housing scheme was aimed at providing affordable houses for Nigerians as part of the promise of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Ashafa, who was accompanied by some FHA directors, said the builders were doing due diligence before erecting the buildings in line with the standards of FHA. He described the Ajoda New Town project as a “work-in-progress,” pointing out that the estate is open to all Nigerians regardless of wherever they live.

He said: “ What the Federal Government through the National Housing Scheme (NHS) has done is to get some Nigerian developers to put in their expression of interest. We gave them the land to build. With that, we became partners. And then through the quantities, they determine the terrain of the land. They have said that there are some portions of the land which used to be dump sites. This shows the thoroughness of our approach. When we are about to undertake a project, we do the needful by looking at the soil type. Our engineers will design. In this case, the houses built so far have reinforced the foundation.

“We are partnering the Oyo State Government. We have requested the governor to please intervene in the area of the major road in the community. If it is expanded and tarred it will open up the estate. The road will also extend to the police formation.

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Soldier shoots man for not wearing a face mask

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A soldier allegedly shot a 27-year-old man in South Africa during an argument over why he was not wearing a face mask in line with Covid-19 regulations.

Police spokesperson Brig Motlafela Mojapelo, who confirmed the report on Friday, said the incident happened at a shopping complex in Mogwadi, Limpopo, on Thursday, September 17.

“Members of the national defense force were reportedly on duty monitoring Covid-19 compliance in the area when they approached a group of people who were not wearing face masks,” Mojapelo said on Friday.

“When asked why they were not wearing masks, an argument allegedly ensued and one of the soldiers shot the victim. The injured 27-year-old man was rushed to the hospital.

“The soldier, aged 29, was arrested and charged with attempted murder,” said Mojapelo. The soldier is due to appear in the Morebeng magistrate’s court on Friday.

 

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FG apologises for asking all bank, other account holders to re-register

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The Federal Government has apologized for asking all account holders in the country’s financial institutions to register their details again.

It was reported already that the FG earlier asked all account holders in banks, including insurance companies, to fill and submit a Self-Confirmation form.

The order was given despite the possession of the Bank Verification Number and the National Identification Number by account holders on Thursday.

Failure to do so, the Nigerian government threatened to block access to defaulters’ accounts or impose a monetary penalty.

The order to fill another Self-Confirmation form, despite the existing BVN and NIN, had attracted condemnations on social media.

However, in a tweet on Friday, the government apologized for misinformation.

It tweeted, “We apologize for the misleading tweets (now deleted) that went up yesterday, regarding the completion of self-certification forms by Reportable Persons. The message contained in the @firsNigeria Notice does not apply to everybody. FIRS will issue appropriate clarification shortly.”

In a press statement, the Federal Inland Revenue Service explained that only “reportable persons” are expected to submit the form.

The statement read, “This is to clarify the publication for financial institutions account holders in Nigeria to complete the self-certification form, pursuant to the Income Tax (Common Reporting Standard) Regulations 2019 which is for the fulfillment of Automatic Exchange of Information Requirements.

“The Self Certification form is basically to be administered on Reportable persons holding accounts in Financial institutions that are regarded as “Reportable Financial Institutions” under the CRS.

“Reportable persons are often non-residents. And other persons who have a residence for tax purposes in more than one jurisdiction or Country.

“Financial Institutions are expected to administer the Self Certification form on such account holders when the information at its disposal indicates that the Account holder is a person resident for tax purpose in more than one jurisdiction.

“The information that indicates an account holder is a resident for tax purposes in more than one jurisdiction, is expected to be available to Financial Institutions during the account opening processes for the KYC and AML purpose.”

Earlier, the Nigerian government said all persons holding accounts in different financial institutions are required to complete and submit the form to each one of their institutions.

It had tweeted, “This is to notify the general public that all account holders in Financial Institutions (Banks, Insurance Companies, etc) are required to obtain, complete, and submit Self – Certification Forms to their respective Financial Institutions.

“Failure to comply with the requirement to administer or execute this form attracts sanctions which may include monetary penalty or inability to operate the account.”

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Gunmen kidnap two undergraduates, five others in Kaduna community

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Gunmen in the early hours of Friday invaded Barkallahu, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, kidnapping seven persons.

Among the seven persons kidnapped, five persons were members of the same family.

The bandits, it was gathered invaded the community about 1:30 am on Friday and shot indiscriminately as they went from house-to-house to pick their victims.

A resident, Abdulsalam Haruna, said the gunmen went away with his wife and four children.

Haruna, who spoke to newsmen, said two of the children were students of the Federal University, Malunfashi in Katsina State.

He also said the hoodlums left with two of his neighbour’s children, adding that the bandits attacked two other houses in the area, including that of a retired director in the Kaduna State Ministry of Education.

Haruna said, “The incident happened about 1:30 am (on Friday). They broke my gate and came into my compound. They broke the door to my house and ordered everybody to follow them.

“They went away with my wife and four of my children, two of which are students of the Federal University, Malumfashi, Katsina State.

“They also attacked my neighbour and went away with two of his children.

“Two other houses, including that of a retired director in the Kaduna Ministry of Education, were also attacked, but they did not kidnap anybody or carry anything there.

“We alerted the personnel but by the time they arrived, the bandits had escaped with the victims.”

The Kaduna State Police Command has yet to confirm the incident as the Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, could not be reached.

Jalige had also yet to reply to a text message sent to his mobile phone as of the time of filing this report.

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