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Nigerian Senate moves to separate tourism from information ministry

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki

The Senate on Thursday said it was working toward separating tourism and culture from the Ministry of Information. The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, made this known at the opening of a public hearing on the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Act 2004 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2017.

Saraki, who was represented by the Deputy Leader of the Senate, Sen. Bala Na’Allah, said that the separation was imperative to enable the tourism sector enjoy autonomy for rapid development.
“Our
ministries have never been helpful in anything developmental. So, the
long and short of the story is that the Senate wants to give freedom to
the parastatals, particularly the culture and tourism sector,’’
he said.
In his remarks, Chairman of Senate Committee on Tourism, Sen. Matthew Urhoghide, said that investment in tourism was very crucial in view of the dwindling government revenue and the current recession.
He
said that diversifying the economy was imperative following the
contraction in the country which was occasioned by the fall in crude oil
prices.
Urhoghide said that the NTDC Act
had never gone through any form of review or amendment since it was
enacted, in spite of several years of socio-political and economic
changes.
He explained that one of the things the NTDC Bill would achieve was to abolish the existing Act and re-enacted a fresh one.
He
explained that the re-enactment, when concluded, would change the
nomenclature of the establishment to Nigerian Tourism Development
Authority.
Meanwhile, proprietors of
hotels in Nigeria, who attended the public hearing, have appealed to the
Senate to save them from multiple taxes by state and local government
councils across the country.
They supported the move by the senate to empower NTDA to harmonise all tax collections.
The President, Hotel Owners’ Forum, in Abuja, Dr Chike Ezeudeh, said hotel business in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) had become difficult because of taxes.
He said that they were subjected to over 30 different levies by the FCT authorities and the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).
“My
brother from Ondo State said one of the levies his hotel paid yearly to
the multiple tax collectors in the state is N7.5 million but that is
more like a chicken change here in FCT.
“We are levied N29 million, N20 million, N15 million and so on, on yearly basis by the various tax collectors.
“This
is the reason we are kicking against the one per cent-per-room levy
proposed in the bill, although we strongly support the move to empower
NTDA as sole collector of taxes from hotels,’’
he said.
An hotelier from Ondo state, Mr Olafemi Egbodofo, said the tax situation in the state was unbearable.

According
to him, since the Supreme Court ruling of 2013, which empowered states
and local government councils to collect levies, not less than 15
different bodies have been collecting different forms of tax from
hotels.
Egbodofo explained that one of the levies was as high as N8 million annually.
“This
is suffocating and killing because the multiple taxation has landed
many of us in very uncomfortable position as it is difficult to pay
salaries and even remain in business,’’
he said.

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L. A Prisoners Infect Themselves With Coronavirus To Get Early Release (VIDEO)

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A group of silly L.A area prison inmates were very eager to contract the dreaded coronavirus .

They attempted this because they believed that would trigger their ticket out of prison.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who made the startling revelation Monday, said about twenty-four (24) inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic attempted (and somewhat succeeded, apparently) to infect themselves way back in mid-April 2020.

The Sheriff revealed that their department saw an increase in spike in confirmed cases out of nowhere.

He said that when they investigated, they found a high number of inmates living in one block of the prison appeared to be deliberately trying to infect each other with COVID-19 any way they could from behind bars.

When Alex Villanueva played the surveillance footages he and his team combed through carefully , and it showed several inmates hanging out in a common area and passing around what Alex described as a hot cup of water, as well as one face mask they’d each put on all in hopes of getting sympathy from a judge to spring them from the facility and let them go home.

But it turns out, their little ploy worked but, only halfway.

Villanueva reported that 21 of the inmates (out of 50 in the block) caught the ‘Coronavirus.

“What they won’t catch is a break” said the Sheriff.

Watch the Video HERE

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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: 12 Year Old Albino Girl Suffers Eye Problems After Hawking Veggies In Abuja (PHOTOS)

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A very sad Facebook post greeted Nigerians from Abuja showing a 12 year old Albino Girl Grace, who started developing sight problems after Hawking Veggies under the scorching sun in Abuja.

The Facebook post stated that the little girl was asked to hawk the veggies by her aunt whom she lives with.

Below are the Screenshots of the Facebook post:

This sad news has sparked an outrage by well meaning individuals who spoke against such cruelty and insensitivity of the said girl’s aunt.

what do you think of this? Drop your comments below.

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“Buhari is Made In London” – Reno Omokri Blasts Presidency On Nigerian Made Products

The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced.

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The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced. Many Nigerians have tagged it a harsh move that is insensitive and inhumane but moreso, Reno Omokri has singled out signals of hypocrisy in the President of Nigeria by outlining certain traits of family moves of the President that shows that he(Buhari) as the No.1 citizen has no regards for anything made in Nigeria but yet wants other Nigerians to embrace Nigerian made goods.

Reno Omokri ‘s tweet reads:

His kids schooled in England. His wife just returned from a 3 month UK stay. His daughter gave birth to his grandchild in Spain (made in Spain), yet
@MBuhari
, who is London, wants us to patronise made in Nigeria!

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