Reading Is For Losers?
The new Finance Bill which proposes changes to existing tax and fiscal laws, including an increase of VAT from 5% to 7.5%, to ensure funding for the 2020 budget has scaled a second reading in the Nigerian Senate. Only one little problem. The senators have never read the bill. They have never seen it, nor do they know the actual contents of this piece of law which is to be enacted. The senators only have a general idea of the principles which the bill seeks to encapsulate and have debated on the merits of those principles, never getting down to brass tacks.
What a time to be alive. As we say in Nigeria, whatever you see, just take it like that.
OPay Eats Nigeria
OPay, a provider of payment, ride-hailing, food delivery and loan services (aka the everything store) has announced it has received approval from the CBN to provide international money transfer services in Nigeria.
The approval will enable OPay to facilitate Business to Business, Business to Person and Person to Person remittance services into Nigeria.
Business is what? Booming!
Free Speech Under Attack
An analysis by www.pressattack.ng
, published by the Coalition for Whistleblowers Protection and Press Freedom, shows that 352 total cases of attacks and harassments on journalists in Nigeria have been recorded from 1985 till date.
2018 was initially thought to have the highest number of attacks (58). But the group’s latest release
shows that 2019 has already surpassed that record with the 61 attacks so far, and is still counting.
According to the research, as at May this year, the total number of physical attacks on reporters was 189; equipment searches and seizures, 9; equipment or property damage, 17; arrests, 60; denial of access, 21; threats, 44 and ‘harassments’, 12.
Under President Buhari, Nigeria has recorded its worst attacks on journalists in 34 years. Truly troubling times.
The Ogoni 9
This week was the anniversary of the execution of the Ogoni 9 by the Nigerian government.
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