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Uzodinma Charges New IIRS Employees On Service Delivery



Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma has urged the newly employed personnel of the Imo State Internal Revenue Service (IIRS) to be mindful of the fact that they are serving the state and not him, their governor.

He therefore admonished them to be patriotic, dedicated and sincere in their approach to their job as products of new innovation to cleanse the system of the ills of the old.

 Speaking while flagging-off the 2020 induction ceremony of newly recruited IIRS personnel at the Ahajoku Convention Centre, Owerri on Thursday, the governor noted that he did not give them the job, but that God did, and advised them to work with “tenacity of purpose, commitment to God and for the interest of Imo State,”

“Don’t support those things that put the state where it was before. But do those things that will show that a new order has come to stay,” Governor Uzodimma told them, even as he urged them to go and take a critical look at the law establishing the Inland Revenue Service so as to be properly guided.

According to him, the IIRS is a product of a new revenue law passed by the Imo State House of Assembly.

The governor charged them to shun cheating and encouragement of leakages in the revenue generation of the State, warning that such attitude will mean they will not receive their monthly salary as they will only earn from what they generate.

“If you don’t generate money you will not get paid, but if you generate money and even more than expected, you will not only get paid but will get more money,” the governor added.

 Governor Uzodimma who said he was a very happy man seeing the new apostles of the IIRS, said their recruitment was a conscious effort made to pull the Executive Chairman of the IIRS, Justice Okoye from the headquarters of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to enable him join hands with government to develop a workable revenue generation template for the benefit of Imo State.

 He informed that the IIRS is adopting the FIRS module with a large and committed staff that work for their pay.

His words: “If you make money and make extra money, you get your salary and get extra salary. Your job will speak for you, it is your performance that will bring your promotions, increase your salary and introduce new allowances.”

Recalling that Imo State is one of the most highly intellectually endowed states in Nigeria, the Governor regretted that yet service delivery at all sectors has been epileptic, the reason he embarked on a painstaking search for a man that will help Imo State in the area of revenue generation.

He reiterated that the new employees have been recruited to serve the state, not himself or the Chairman and encouraged them to be loyal and patriotic.

 “Let your performance speak for you as staff with digital strength for the 21st-century challenges,” Governor Uzodinma said.

 He explained that Imo people are gradually understanding the new principles of good governance, administered in an atmosphere of fairness, justice, and fair-play and that on the assumption of office as Governor, he had in mind the intention of not relying on Federal Allocation to deliver on the people’s mandate.

“To drive the mission, Imo State needs a new generation of bureaucrats that understand the word patriotism as criteria to offer services to their fatherland, hence the State embarked on the recruitment.”

Earlier in his welcome address, Okoye said Imo citizens are happy and proud to have “tapped into the opportunity of attracting and appointing highly skilled Staff that will assess, collect and account for the entire internally generated revenue of Imo State government.”

He acknowledged the encouragement, political will, constant guidance, and advice of the Governor that made it possible for their success.

He reiterated that the recruitment was solely on merit as directed by the Governor and acknowledged that though the task before them is enormous they will together device practical steps to assist individuals, organizations, and groups in Imo to achieve their civic responsibility.

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Senate confirms Bawa as EFCC Chairman



The Senate, after a two-hour session on Wednesday at plenary confirmed the appointment of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Commission.

Bawa was nominated for the role by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

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Speaking during the screening, the new Chairman denied an allegation that he sold the seized property in EFCC custody at its Port Harcourt Zonal office.

He said the seized property in Port Harcourt were properly disposed off by the agency’s officials from its headquarters.

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CBN, Others Defend Cryptocurrency Stance



Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele has insisted the Bank’s decision to stop deposit money banks, non-banking institutions and other financial institutions from facilitating trading and dealings in cryptocurrency is in the best interest of Nigerians.

Emefiele made the assertion on Tuesday, while briefing a joint Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions; ICT and Cybercrime; and Capital Market, on its directive to institutions under its regulation.

Emefiele also insisted that the operations of cryptocurrencies are dangerous and opaque adding that the use of cryptocurrency contravened an existing law.

He said given the fact that cryptocurrencies were issued by unregulated and unlicensed entities made it contrary to the mandate of the Bank, as enshrined in the CBN Act (2007) declaring the Bank as the issuer of legal tender in Nigeria.

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“Cryptocurrency has no place in our monetary system at this time and cryptocurrency transactions should not be carried out through the Nigerian banking system,” he added.

The Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mr Lamido Yuguda at the event clarified that there was no policy contradiction between the CBN directive and that of SEC on cryptocurrency.

Equally, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Commission (ICPC) and Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) have supported the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria to ban cryptocurrency use in Nigeria.

Chairman of ICPC, Bolaji Owasanoye, said the #EndSARS protest was largely financed by cryptocurrency, indicating that it could be used to fund insurgency.

The NFIU boss, Tukur Moddibo also said cryptocurrency failed the critical tests of vulnerability and attendant risks, noting that his agency averted a $3 million fraud linked to 20 bank accounts.

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Sex hawker caught, plan to sell her baby for 40k



Sex Worker caught, plan to sell her baby for 40k

A commercial sex worker, Victoria Chukwube has been apprehended in Ebonyi state while trying to sell her baby.

According to the State Police in Ebonyi, the woman was apprehended for allegedly trying to discard her baby for N40,000 only.

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Odah said, “So her name is Chukwube Victoria, she told us she is a commercial sex hawker and that she has this baby which she is carrying.

The 32-year-old woman said she needed to sell the four-month-old baby boy in order to raise money to start a business of selling drinks.

Ebonyi State Police spokesperson, Loveth Odah said Chukwube was arrested following a tip-off.

“She said if she leaves here she would continue to look out for prospective buyers.

“But we tried to talk to her and to make her see the value of being a mother, but she refused.

“She even told us that if we allow her to go home with the baby she will throw the baby away and that she can’t tell who got her pregnant.”

While Interrogating the lady, she refused to disclose her state of origin or local government but maintained that she does not have the financial capacity to take on the responsibility of caring for the child.
Chukwube said, “I am from Nigeria, 32 years old, a commercial sex hawker and my baby is just four months old. “I want to sell the baby at the rate of N40,000 to start up a business. I have a fridge and I reside at Ogbe Hausa in Abakaliki.”

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