The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, has condemned the continuous deadly ambush on convoy carrying humanitarian food supplies for conflict-affected persons in Nigeria’s North East.
Mr. Kallon condemned the attacks in a statement issued by Yasmina Guerda, the Public Information Officer, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Nigeria, on Monday in Abuja.
According to Mr. Kallon, the attack on humanitarian convoy on December 16, and others in the past pose great limitations on the delivery of life-saving supplies to people in need in north-east Nigeria.
PREMIUM TIMES reported the December 16 attack by Boko Haram with the World Food Programme saying the dead victims include its driver and his assistant.
Mr. Kallon said the December 16 ambush by a non-state armed group took place on the road between Dikwa and Gamboru in Borno, which resulted in the loss of lives of at least four civilians.
He said the attack also led to the destruction of basic aid items initially destined to alleviate the suffering of thousands of women, children and men.
“Violence against convoys carrying humanitarian aid is unacceptable and can result in concerning limitations in our ability to provide life-saving relief to those who need it the most.
“We must ensure the safety of aid workers and aid convoys across the north-east of Nigeria, so people in need of assistance can access it in a timely manner and in sufficient quantity.
“Many lives are at risk,” Mr. Kallon said.
Mr. Kallon said that the United Nations and its partners operate in the North-east of Nigeria in order to provide life-saving assistance to 6.9 million people affected by the brutal conflict.
He explained that humanitarian operations are carried out following the four basic humanitarian principles of operational independence, humanity, impartiality and neutrality and should be respected as such.
The UN humanitarian coordinator noted that since January in spite of major challenges, humanitarian operations in North-east Nigeria had managed to assist more than five million conflict-affected people in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
He said that three million people had also been assisted with food security interventions, 936,000 with nutritional support, five million with health care assistance, and more than 1.3 million with safe drinking water.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in July, the UN suspended its humanitarian assistance mission in the North-east, following bloody attacks on its officials and other aid groups.
It resumed interventions shortly after with the military combating the insurgents and improving security in the region.
Source : (NAN)
2020 Finance Bill Exempts Minimum Wage Earners From Tax: Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that the recently proposed 2020 Finance Bill will exempt workers earning the minimum wage from paying tax.
Buhari disclosed this on Monday in a speech delivered virtually by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo at the opening session of the 26th Nigerian Economic Summit Group Conference themed: “Building Partnerships for Resilience.”
“We are proposing in the new Finance Act that those who earn minimum wage should be exempted from paying income tax,” he was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande.
“These provisions which complement the tax breaks given to small businesses last year will not only further stimulate the economy but are also a fulfilment of promises made to take steps to help reduce the cost of transportation and the impact of inflation on ordinary Nigerians.”
Nigeria Will Exit Recession By First Quarter Of 2021 – Finance Minister
Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed has revealed that Nigeria would emerge from recession in the fourth quarter of this year or by the first quarter of 2021.
Speaking on Monday at the ongoing 26th Nigerian Economic Summit organized by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group and the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab said the current recession would be short-lived.
She blamed COVID-19 for the current recession, saying it followed the pattern across the world where many countries had entered an economic recession.
“Nigeria is not alone in this, but I will say that Nigeria has outperformed all of these economies in terms of the record of a negative growth,” Ahmed said.
Court Remands Nigerian Senator, Ali Ndume, In Prison
Senator Ali Ndume, the lawmaker representing Borno South Senatorial district has been ordered on Monday by a federal high court to be sent to prison.
The order follows his inability to produce Abdulrasheed Maina, the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Task Team, whom he stood as surety for in his corruption and money laundering trial.
The high court, sitting in Abuja was presided over by Justice Okon Abang and ordered Senator Ndume to be remanded in Kuje correctional centre.
Justice Abang, however, gave three conditions upon which Ndume can regain his freedom namely payment of N500m bail bond into the Federation Account of the Federal Government and present evidence of such payment in court or the FG sells the property situated in Asokoro, Abuja which Ndume pledge as security for the bond and present evidence of sale and payment of the N500m realised into the Federation Account or he (Ndume) produces Maina, who is believed to have now jumped bail, in court.
Shortly after the pronouncement by the Judge, Senator Ndume was led away from the courtroom by security operatives.
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