FG approves 14 days paternity leave for public servants
The Federal Government has approved the introduction of 14 days of paternity leave for public servants in the new Public Service Rules.
The approval, which was endorsed at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, is to allow fathers to properly bond with newborn babies or adopted children.
This was made known by the Head of Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan, while briefing journalists after the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.
Yemi-Esan also said that the annual leave would henceforth be calculated based on working days instead of calendar days.
Buhari appoints new Medical Director for FMC Bida
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Dr Usman Abubakar as the new Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Bida, Niger State.
The approval was contained in a letter signed by the Minister of State for Health, Dr Adeleke Olurunnimbe-Mamora, and made available to newsmen on Thursday following the expiration of the eight-year term of the former Medical Director, Dr Muhammad Usman-Aminu.
According to the letter, the appointment takes effect from September 14, 2021, for an initial term of four years.
Before now, the new MD was the acting Medical Director and the Head of Clinical Services and Training of the centre.
VAT: Oyo Seeks to Join Rivers in Suit against FG
The Oyo State has asked the Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, for joinder in the suit instituted by the Rivers State Government against the Attorney-General of the Federation with respect to the bid by the state to take over the collection of the Value Added Tax (VAT) from the federal government.
The suit, instituted by the Attorney-General of Oyo State, Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo, is seeking an order of the Appellate Court to enable Oyo State to join the suit as an interested party.
According to Oyewo, the government of Oyo State was unaware of the suit between the Attorney-General of Rivers State and the Federal Inland Revenue Service at the Federal High Court until the judgement was delivered.
He said that the decision of the appellate court will affect the collection of VAT by the government of Oyo State, being one of the States which the judgement of the lower court recognised as entitled to collect VAT within its territorial jurisdiction.
Oyo State government also indicates that the applicant (Attorney-General of the State) “represents the interest of the Oyo State government, whose interest in the collection of Value Added Tax within Oyo State will be impacted one way or another by any judgment delivered by the Court in the Appeal.
FIRS tells governors to use tax money to help Nigerians
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has told governors to use tax money for the benefit of Nigerians.
The chairman of the service, Mohammad Nami gave te advice to the governors at the ‘Seventh Internally Generated Revenue Learning Event’ organized by the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to Nami, citizens should not just hear budget figures but must, within their immediate living quarters, feel, see and experience effects of tax revenue, stating that government at various tiers must, in view of the constitutional provisions, imbibe the culture of value-for-money
Mr Nami stated that taxation remained the most veritable tool in addressing the imbalance between the “haves” and the “have nots” in society.
He added that the use of taxation was important in balancing the socio-economic standing of citizens.
Japan Pledges Support For EFCC On Fight Against Corruption
The Japanese government has pledged to support Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the fight against financial crimes.
The Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Nigeria, Matsunaga Kazuyoshi made the pledge during a Courtesy Visit to the Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa in Abuja, on Wednesday.
The envoy who expressed delight at the professionalism of the EFCC noted that the Commission’s efforts in helping a Japanese victim of scam to recover and repatriate a sum of three hundred and seventy Yen to Japan early this year, was the first case in Japan where the victim’s money remitted overseas was returned
He asked for EFCC’s continuous cooperation in helping Japanese victims of fraud, noting that many victims were reluctant to come forward because of the difficulties in tracking monies transferred to foreign countries.
The EFCC boss said the Commission was willing to continue to investigate any reported case where Japanese citizens are victims of scams and to restitute the recovered funds accordingly.
CBN forex policy: BDCs decry job cuts, could lose N300 billion capital
The Association of Bureau De-Change Operators of Nigeria says the Central Bank of Nigeria’s policy on the discontinuation of sales of forex to their members has resulted in massive job losses indirect employment in the sector.
This was disclosed by the President of the Association, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe to newsmen on Wednesday
Gwadabe said that if the policy continues, the sector could lose over three hundred billion in the next few months, maintaining that the ban has greatly affected the business of the forex operators, leading to the laying off of workers.
ON THE FOREIGN SCENE
French Ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy Found Guilty of Illegally Financing 2012 Election Bid
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty of illegal campaign financing over his failed 2012 re-election bid by a Paris court on Thursday.
This was the second guilty verdict this year for Sarkozy, who led France from 2007 to 2012 and retains influence among conservatives despite falling from grace over his legal woes.
Prosecutors were seeking for a one-year prison sentence. However, half of it suspended, for the 66-year old former president. He is in any case unlikely to go to jail immediately as he would be expected to appeal the sentence.
Sarkozy, has denied the wrongdoing. He told the court in June that he had not been involved in the logistics of his campaign for a second term as president nor in how money was spent during the election run-up.
But the court said that Sarkozy was made aware of the overspending, that he did not act on it, and that it was not necessary for him to approve each individual spending to be responsible.
Iheanacho denied entry into miss the club’s crucial Europa League tie on Thursday.
The Polish border control refused the Nigerian striker entry after an issue with his documentation.
Iheanacho will be unavailable for the Foxes in their Europa League tie
It’s a big blow for manager Brendan Rodgers who will be unable to call on his top scorer from last season for the match with Legia Warsaw.
His 19 goals last season enabled the Foxes to compete in Europe’s second-tier competition.
According to Leicester boss Rodgers, Iheanacho had an issue with documentation coming into the country as his documents was not sufficient and therefore was not able to travel with his teammates. Adding that he would be unavailable for the game.