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Tax Tribunal resolves 9 claims worth N10bn in Kano

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By Nasir Ibrahim

The Tax Appeal Tribunal, North west zone, has resolved nine out of 13 cases received in 9 months worth over ten billion Naira.

The chairman of the Tribunal Umar Adamu disclosed this on Monday at a one day stakeholders Forum held in Kano.

He said most of the cases were judged in favour of tax payers.

Mr Adamu revealed that within nine months of its existence the tribunal have received thirteen tax cases out of which eleven are from Kano.

He explained that the Tribunal was established in 2010 in accordance with section 59 (1) of Federal Inland Revenue (FIRS) establishment act of 2007 as dispute resolutions centre between the taxpayers and tax authorities.

“The act empowered the tribunal to adjudicate on all tax disputes arising from operations of the various tax laws as spelt out in the fifth schedule to the FIRS establishment act 2007 and personal income tax amendment act 2011.

“The tribunal does not experience technicality inherent in conventional courts. An individual or corporate organizations can lodge his complaint without counsel’s representation if he was wrongly taxed within thirty days from the date on which the demand notice was made or received. However, the tribunal may entertain an appeal after the expiration of the 30 days upon satisfactory proof of the cause of the delay,” Mr Adamu said.

In his address Kano state deputy governor Nasiru Gawuna said, state government would explore avenue provided by the Tax Appeal Tribunal to ensure quick resolution of tax matters in the State.

Mr Gawuna noted that the need for timely and correct payment of tax by all taxpayers is a civic responsibility that should be encouraged at all levels.

” it is clear that all over the world, taxes, levies and charges constitute the most sustainable sources of revenue to Government for executing development projects. Where they are not paid, government has to resolve to legal options of filling cases against defaulters at the tax appeal tribunal for adjudication.

“So, as government uses revenue from tax sources to execute major programmes and projects in the areas of education, health, skills development, agriculture and infrastructure for the well being of the good people of Kano, a high sense of responsibility is developed,” Gawuna stated.

The deputy governor said it is discerning that Kano State government had taken full advantage of the jurisdiction factions of the Northwest panel of the Tax Appeal Tribunal.

Gawuna revealed  thst” out of the thirteen cases inherited by the Tribunal after its inauguration on November 5th 2019, records have shown that eleven of the cases came from Kano State Government. Out of the eleven, nine cases have been amicably resolved and settled “.

Mr Gawuna directed the State Internal Revenue Service (KIRS) and Local Government revenue committees to present all unresolved revenue cases to the tribunal.

The deputy governor called on the Stakeholders to actively participate in the interaction to utilise the opportunity provided, adding that the state through its Internal revenue service would embark on sensitization campaign to create awareness on the tax appeal tribunal.

In his remarks, a former president of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Ismaila Zakari advised federal government to reduce VAT to less than 5% so as to encourage more organisation to register.

He said if federal government reduced VAT, it would generate more revenue as many organisations not captured may voluntarily come forward to register their companies.

He observed that many companies eligible for VAT payment are not captured in the current system.

The stakeholders forum was attended by trades and professional bodies such as Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), proprietors of private schools, shareholders, clerics, contractors and management of Kano Inland Revenue Service.

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Gov. Abba Kabir Urges Security Agencies to Quell Thuggery in Kano

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Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has beseeched security agencies operating within the state to promptly bring an end to Thuggery and other malevolent activities that are disrupting peace in specific areas of the Kano metropolis.

The Governor gives this directives at the commencement of the 15th weekly meeting of the Kano State Executive Council held at the Government House.

This was contained in a statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, on Saturday.

Governor Abba Kabir expressed disapproval of the recent upsurge in Thuggery and clashes involving Yan daba, affirming that the government will not passively observe while unscrupulous elements endanger the relative tranquility and harmony enjoyed by the law-abiding citizens of the state.

He reiterated that under his administration, the state government is diligently collaborating with relevant security agencies to ensure the safety and security of the populace and their possessions at all times.

Furthermore, Governor Abba Kabir cautioned Judges against the unwarranted release of thugs, emphasizing the threat they pose to the welfare of the state’s residents and stressing the importance of prompt and equitable dispensation of justice.

Alhaji Abba Kabir also instructed security agencies to strictly adhere to their mandated duty of safeguarding the lives and properties of the citizens they serve, warning against involvement in matters beyond their designated responsibilities.

He implored the populace in the state to continue with their lawful pursuits, assuring that the government will persevere in its commitment to ensuring their protection, and requested ongoing support and cooperation for the current administration.

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Emirate Tussle: Prof. Yadudu Faults Justice Liman’s Ruling, Says Judgement not Helpful For The Judicial Process

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Reacting to the ruling, renowned constitutional lawyer, Professor Auwalu Yadudu, told Daily Trust that the judge’s pronouncements were strange and baffling by approbating and reprobating in the same breath.

He said the development was not helpful for the judicial process, stressing that the judge assuming jurisdiction on the fundamental human rights aspect and refusing the same on the validity of the substance of the case–the Kano emirates law–has “muddled up the case, and it is very unbecoming of a judge who has now been elevated to the Court of Appeal”.

Professor Yadudu clarified that while he was not accusing the judge of any impropriety, the pronouncements were unbecoming. “How can you say the actions taken in pursuant of a law are set aside, and then say you are not delving into the validity of the said law?” he queried.
Prof. Yadudu said further that the judge had more or less held that he lacked jurisdiction on the issue by transferring the case to another judge, but still went ahead to set aside the governor’s actions.

He said that the ex-parte order should no longer be of any currency because it is being challenged at the Appeal Court, and the judge himself admitted knowledge of this by granting a stay of proceedings and also deciding not to grant an order to nullify the law.

“All these are avoidable. It is not helpful for the judicial process. It is strange and doesn’t speak well of the judge. The question of whether the governor’s actions came before and after the exparte order is a question of fact or evidence. It seems from the record that the order came after,” he said.

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Governing council: ASUU BUK rejects Gawuna’s appointment, favours Udoma’s return

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Bayero University Kano, BUK chapter during the weekend rejected the appointment of Kano top flight politician, Dr Nasiru Gawuna into the Governing Council of the second generation tertiary Institution.

 

KANO FOCUS reports that the Chairperson, Prof. Ibrahim Tajo Suraj said that the process that led to the appointment of politicians into the Governing Council of the nation’s citadel of learning contravened the relevant laws that guided such appointment.

 

Addressing newsmen in its secretariat, Comrade Siraj explained that “I must admit that we are not happy over the decision of the federal government to appoint hard core politicians into the Governing Council.

 

Prof. Siraj stressed that “the criteria for such appointments is explicitly clear, as it favoured the appointment of technocrats, academic to the Council”.

 

The Chairperson maintained that the sack of former Council with a constitutional mandate of

4 years tenure, after one year in office was a rape on the rule of law.

 

He therefore called on the federal government to reinstate Senator Udo Udoma led Governing Council to complete their term in the interests of the rule of law

 

Siraj stressed that “the scenario is just like sacking an executive governor of a state after just one in office, and you went ahead to assume that all is normal, no, this is rape on the rule of law.”

 

Ibrahim Tajo Suraj, earlier had led (ASUU), Bayero University Kano branch, on a peaceful protest on Friday demanding the federal government to pay their entitlements and implement the 2009 ASUU/FG Agreement.

 

Prof. Ibrahim Tajo Suraj, said the action was in compliance with the directive by the national body to all its branches to organize protests within their campuses on account of the federal government’s failure to pay their entitlements.

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