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Vanguard Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 7 January, 2021)

Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State

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Makinde urges Nigerians to assist families of fallen heroes

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Wednesday, appealed to Nigerians to continue to cater to the needs of families of soldiers who paid the supreme price in the line of duty.

Makinde stated this at the launching of the Emblem Appeal Week for the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration. Reports have it that the event was held at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, State Secretariat, Agodi, in Ibadan.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Rauf Olaniyan, appealed to corporate organisations, industrialists, commercial firms and philanthropists to donate generously to the fund.

NIN holders to pay N15,000 to correct date of birth —NIMC official

The National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, yesterday, declared that correction of details in the National Identity Number, NIN, would attract varying charges.

The NIMC Regional Coordinator in Alausa, Lagos, Funmi Opensanwo, who spoke on a Television Programme, Sunrise Daily, said the charges vary from correction of details like name, address, card renewal or replacement, and date of birth.

Reacting to allegations that officials of NIMC have been demanding illegal fees from Nigerians to link their NIN to their sim cards, Opensanwo said: “The money we charge is for modification fee. For the date of birth correction, the processing fee is N15, 000. For card renewal or card replacement, there is a processing fee of N5, 000.

Alleged certificate forgery: APC, Obaseki, others to adopt final arguments January 7

The Federal High Court Abuja on Wednesday adjourned the ongoing alleged certificate forgery suit against Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo until Jan. 7 for parties to adopt their final written addresses.

The parties; the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr William Edobor, Obaseki, the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are to adopt their final written addresses as their brief of arguments in the suit.

At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, Obaseki called another witness, Prof. Eghosa Osaghae, a professor of Comparative Politics from the University of Ibadan.

SIM Card/NIN alignment: NCC allays fear of mass disconnection of subscribers

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has dismissed fears of mass disconnection of telephone subscribers as a result of the ongoing linkage of SIM Registration Records with the National Identity Number, NIN.

The Commission in a statement by the Director, Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, said there was no need for such fears as the ongoing exercise was part of efforts to enhance “our general safety and to help in such vital exercises like national budgeting, policy planning, social Intervention programmes and many more.”

The commission was reacting to a numerous publications which created fears that the ongoing linkage of SIM Registration Records with NIN would lead to mass disconnection of telephone subscribers.

Customs revenue rises 16% to N1.6trn, surpasses target by 13%

Against the backdrop of over one year shutdown of Nigeria’s land borders, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has overshot its revenue target by 13.2 percent in 2020 while surpassing the 2019 performance by 16.4 percent.

A statement by the Public Relations Officer, Deputy-Controller Joseph Attah, in Abuja, yesterday, indicated that the Service generated N1.562 trillion in revenue in 2020 against the target of N1.380 trillion. He said the revenue was also ahead of the N1.342 trillion recorded in 2019.

The performance, according to him, was coming against the adverse impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the economy during the period under review. He said that the partial border closure which has forced cargoes that could have been smuggled through the porous borders to come through the sea and airports also significantly contributed to raising revenue collection from ports.

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