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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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EFCC Grills Rabiu Kwankwaso

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday grilled former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over allegations of abuse of office, diversion of public funds and fraudulent allocation of government properties to cronies.

KANO FOCUS reports that Kwankwaso, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, was first invited by the EFCC in September but failed to honour the invitation as reported by Channels TV.

An associate of the politician informed Channels Television that Kwankwanso may have been invited in relation to a petition by some retired employees of the Kano State Government.

The retired employees had told the EFCC that the former governor mismanaged pension remittances to the tune of N10 billion between 2011 and 2015, to fund a housing project for his cronies.

EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren did not comment on the interrogation of the former governor when contacted on Saturday.

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Crisis rocks Kano APC as Ganduje, Shekarau hold parallel Congress

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Crisis rocked Kano chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC), as Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and faction loyal to former governor of Kano and serving Senator Ibrahim Shekarau held parallel state congress.

KANO FOCUS reports that while Ganduje group held their congress at Sani Abacha stadium, faction loyal to Shekarau had their own at Janguza town, Tofa local government area.

Ganduje’s led group endorsed Abdullahi Abbas as state chairman of APC for a second term in a consensus arrangement, while the faction loyal to Shekarau announced Ahmadu Haruna Zago as newly elected chairman of APC in Kano state.

Reports shows that the security have earlier disrupted Shekarau’s camp congress at Sani Abacha youth centre and sealed the premises before they moved to Janguza where they held the election.

Below are some pictures of the parallel Congress.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje while voting at Sani Abacha stadium

 

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje with APC chieftains

 

Delegates at Sani Abacha stadium

Ballot box

Factional chairman of Kano APC Ahmadu Haruna Zago

Ahmadu Haruna Zago and Abdilkadir Jobe

APC factional congress at Janguza

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NCC moves to address poor network service at densely populated Kano markets – Prof Danbatta.

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Nasiru Yusuf

 

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) Umar Garba Danbatta says the commission will address the poor network at Kantin Kwari, Sabongari Singer and Kurmi markets.

KANO FOCUS reports that Danbatta announced revealed this while responding to complaint raised by a participant at a two day stakeholders consultative meeting tagged ‘talk to the regulator’ organised by Nigerian Communications Commission in Kano.

The complainer noted that that there is poor telecommunications service in Kantin Kwari, Sabongari, Singer and Kurmi markets in Kano metropolitan area.

Danbatta responded that the commission will deploy investigative team to determine the nature of the problem and proffer solution.

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta

“We have the capacity to monitor the performance of MNOs, that is the most important thing. Because of this valid observation by our stakeholder, we are going to direct our searchlight in those areas where we think the quality of service needs to improve.

“And if it is necessary, we will send the investigative team what is the nature of the quality of service in such places with a view to improve the quality of the service,” Danbatta said.

The Executive Vice Chairman explained that the commission considers stakeholder feedback “as a critical component of our forward – looking regulatory model.”

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta with senior management staff of NCC

“Hence, the overarching objective of this forum is to get direct feedback from our licensees on how we, as a regulator, are meeting your expectations, and on areas where we can improve our regulatory service, particularly those that have to do with licensing.

“We also intend to use this forum to seek your support for the several initiatives that the commission has carefully developed in our quest to enhance market opportunities for all our licensees.”

Danbatta added that the commission will focus it’s energies for the next five years on five strategic pillars.

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The pillars according to him include “organisational renewal for operational efficiency and regulatory excellence.

“Facilitate the provision of infrastructure for a digital economy which fosters national development.

“Improve quality service (QoS) for enhanced consumer quality of experience (QoE).

“Promote fair competition, inclusive growth, increased investment and innovative services as well facilitate strategic collaboration and partnership.”

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He disclosed that the federal government has articulated a number of critical policy objectives for the sector such as those articulated in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (2020-2025), the Revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Registration among others.

He added that the instruments require the full and unalloyed commitment of all stakeholders to ensure their successful implementation, and the meeting in Kano would provide a veritable channel for licensees’ buy-in.

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In his address the Director of Licensing and Authorisation Department, Mohammed Babajika, said the commission is further liberalising the telecoms industry by finalising the framework for Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) and is currently reviewing existing regulations.

“The Commission is also finalising the Information Memorandum (IM) for 5G deployment, emerging trends like Internet of Things (loT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Over The Top (OTT) Services and Big Data Analytics, all aimed at initiating strategies to improve service delivery that is accessible and affordable.

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