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NBS begins national economic census after 20 years

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The National Bureau of Statistics will begin a national economic census across the country from October 12 .
It stated on Monday that it had been more than 20 years that the exercise was conducted in Nigeria .
Statistician – General , NBS , Yemi Kale, who announced this at the Training of Trainers for the National Business Sample Census in Abuja said the census would last for two months.
He explained that the business census, also known as an economic census, was a statistical exercise that involved the enumeration of formal and informal business establishments across the country.
He stated that during the process , commercial and industrial business operations in fixed locations would be listed with valuable information .
Kale said information collected during the exercise include the nature of the economic activity of the establishments, the number of employees they engage , their contact details , among other things .
He said , “ The information emanating from this census activity is primarily useful in understanding the nature and structure of the economy , as well as providing a sound business frame for the conduct of economic surveys in the country.
“ Conventionally , it is conducted every five years as recommended by the United Nations Statistical Commission. However , in Nigeria , the census has not been conducted for over two decades , mainly due to funding challenges. ”
Asked to state when the census would commence, while speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the training , Kale replied , “ It is starting on the 12 th of October and it will last for two months .”
He stated that based on the critical importance of the exercise , not just to the statistical system in Nigeria , but to the entire economy , the NBS had sought for different ways to actualise the census since his appointment at the bureau .
“ Our pursuit for this finally paid off , thanks to the World Banks ’ s Fiscal Governance and Institutions Project , which graciously accommodated the business census , as well as the agricultural census, which we plan to conduct early next year , ” Kale said .

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Nigerians Pay N1 . 23 Extra On Petrol As Administrative Charge

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Nigerians now pay N1.23 extra on every litre of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol as administrative charge.
The admin charge was N0.10 per litre before the hike. Producers of petroleum products, particularly lubricants, who gave this hint in petition to the Vice Presi-dent, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, exclusively sighted by New Telegraph at the weekend, accused the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) of causing indirect hike in prices of petrol and other products across the country.
The PPPRA, checks showed, has begun implementation of this over 1,100 per cent hike in administrative charges on products, a move that made it rake in
about N1.845 billion from buyers of petrol in just one month. The downstream subsector has been deregulated, but Lubricant Producers Association of Nigeria (LUPAN) declared that on every litre of petrol consumed in Nigeria, consumers are still charged N1.23 as administrative charge for PPPRA.
This, which amounts to double taxation, according to LUPAN, also affects base oil. Nigeria, latest data from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) shows, consumes about 50 million litres daily, a payment of N1.23 as administrative charge per litre translates to N61.50 million daily and N1.8 billion in 30 days.
“It is with profound consternation, that we, the LUPAN, are constrained to express our distress and consequent disapproval of the propensity of PPPRA to arbitrarily inflate its unwarranted charges from 10 kobo to N1.23 per litre of base oil imported, and insist on the registration of operators already licensed by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to import base oil, despite being shown a genuine DPR license,” the producers said in the petition.
It continued: “Over time, the association had been besieged by complaints from operators of being tasked with the payment of dues, charges, levies and/or compelled to register with agencies irrelevant to their operations or the sector as a whole; operators, on pain of having their consignments confiscated, find themselves acceding to their demands, and further find themselves inundated by a deluge of paperwork, draconian directives, bureaucratic protocols, all culminating in the delayed release of consignments, accrual of unwarranted demurrage, other ancillary expenses and the eventual hike in price of blended lubricants.
“…That the administrative and bureaucratic bottlenecks through which importers of base oils/manufacturers of lubricants are made to manoeuvre as well as the series of certifications, authorisations and clearances with their attendant levies and charges are potently detrimental to the business as they are, in most cases, time consuming, increase the expenses and other ancillary costs connected to receiving the product and significantly inflates the market cost of indigenously produced lubricants, making it less attractive than its imported substandard counterpart,” the petition signed by Executive Secretary, LUPAN, Emeka Obidike, read further.
Spokesperson for the PPPRA, Kimchi Apollo, could not be reached for comments as at the time of this report. He neither picked calls to his phone nor responded to a text message seeking clarifications on the allegation.
Obidike, however, said that the situation created by the administrative charge had caused “legalized businesses to be constantly picketed, threatened with the shutting down/sealing of their plants, confiscation, seizure and destruction of products purchased with bank loans.”
“That the PPPRA, in demanding the said charges, is acting ultra vires as a regulatory agency and has, to all intent and purpose, unilaterally conferred upon themselves the functions of a revenue collection agency, charging N1.23 on all petroleum products used in the country, to wit, PMS, AGO, DPK, Base Oil, Bitumen, LPG, etc., at the expense of the sector,” he said.

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Looting : ‘You Know It’s Really Bad When A Human Being Steals A Toilet’ – Donald Duke

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A former Governor of Cross River, Mr. Donald Duke, has said that Nigerian youths have been neglected and left with no hopes due to wrong leadership in the country.
Duke, who spoke with newsmen on Sunday while reacting to the destruction of properties on Friday and Saturday in Calabar by some hoodlums, said the act was not normal.
He said that the youths feel abandoned and depressed with no leaders to assure them that tomorrow will be better than today, hence they took laws into their hands by destroying private and government properties.
He said that from the videos and pictures he saw on the looting in Calabar, it showed that the youths felt neglected and abandoned by leaders, leaving their future in their hands with nothing put in place for them.
“We often want to blame these happenings on criminals and miscreants, but they are no such people, we created them, they are human beings.
“I find it deplorable when people regard others as miscreants. They are our children. If you don’t provide for them, train them and give them hope, they will take laws into their hands; but the point is we need to rise up and correct these things.
“We must mean what we say and say what we mean. When the youths feel that your words are empty statements, they won’t take you seriously anymore,” he said.
He noted that if the tragic incident that occurred in Calabar should happen again in Calabar, then the state is “finished”.
Duke, who charged the government to be ready to find solutions to the problems, said that the uniqueness of the state hospitality has been affected.
“The youths have been bruised and we need to address that and heal their scars. My desire is to reach out to them, speak to them and ask for forgiveness; so that we can forgive them too and create a better society.
“We love Cross River, the soonest we come out, we will encourage others to do the same. We need the support of everyone to do this. We should encourage the government to succeed, regardless of what we think.
“Some of the protesters are idle, if they are employed, they won’t be on the streets. You can’t say you have a right to life without given a right to livelihood.
“You know it’s really bad when You dehumanize a Human Being to the point where He has to steal a toilet, When you see someone carting away a used toilet base, you should know there is a big problem. We need to help our young people to succeed. We need to educate, equip and sustain them,” he said.
He said that the furniture, cars, and other properties that were destroyed can be replaced, but no human life can be replaced, hence the youths should sheath their swords.
According to him, the youths were passing a strong message to the leaders, not through words that are loud enough.

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‘Buhari Is Not Nigeria’s Problem’ – Zahra Buhari Shares Post

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COVID19 Palliatives: Zahra Buhari reshares a post stating that President Buhari is not Nigeria’s problem
In the last few days, Nigerians have discovered various warehouses where the COVID19 palliatives donated by CACOVID were stored and went ahead to loot them.
The palliatives comprising of food items were stored in the warehouses and were supposed to be distributed to the less privileged Nigerians.
Nigerians took to social media to blast the various state governments for keeping the items when they were supposed to have immediately distributed them.
Filmmaker, Masurah Isah, shared a post on her Instagram page where she pointed out that the discovery of the palliatives shows that the President is not the problem of Nigeria.
Zahra Buhari-Indimi who is President Buhari’s daughter seems to be in agreement with Mansurah’s post and so she reposted it on her Instagram story.

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