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Nigerians On the Rage on FG’s Plan to Increase VAT

In the wake of the Federal Executive Council meeting’s proposition to have Value Added Tax (VAT) increased to 7.2% from 5%, Nigerians are pouring out their anger at the Federal Government’s insensitivity to the pains of the common man.

While reacting to this, Young Otutu sampled other African countries and their plans on reduction noting that “world economies are cutting down VAT to stimulate economic growth but the Nigerian government is doing the opposite because it has no ideas.”

He summarised that:
“Nigeria 2019: Vat to 7.2%
Tunisia 2018: from 20% to 7%
Ghana in 2017: from 17.5% to 3%
Egypt 2019: Proposed reduction to 5%”

Moris Monye on his part wondered that while the noose is tightening and  the border being closed which has already made food prices gone up, the Nigerian politicians are wicked to react.

Nigerian politicians are really the wickedest people on earth…

If you know about commodities, you can feel the noose tightening around the neck of the common man.

Increasing VAT to 7.2% while Senators are getting billions monthly and refusing to increase minimum wage is wow!

— the Morris Monye factor (@Morris_Monye) September 12, 2019

Other reactions are noted here:

FG still battling to implement minimum wage of 30,000

But a proposal to increase VAT to 7.2% has already been approved by FEC.

Nigerians, here comes your President.

Here comes the man some of you senseless humans voted for .

— Gentle_Ezenwanyi (@Queen_Minic) September 12, 2019

Buhari ‘s plan to increase VAT to 7.2% without increasing economic productivity is a sign that your country is led by mad men

Nigeria is currently achieving less than 10% of it’s VAT potential, we are not increasing our bracket, we are making life harder for businesses

Shame

— William Ukpe (@William_Ukpe) September 12, 2019

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed who disclosed this however said the increase may take effect in 2020 and not immediately as there will still be some negotiations.

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How to Pay Tithe Using USSD Code at Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel)

The Living Faith Church aka Winners Chapel has created USSD Code for which members can pay their offerings and tithes.

The USSD platform gives you option to pay offering, Tithes, thanksgiving, Shiloh offering Transportation seed among others.

To pay, you are to dial *389*30*1#.

What an idea!

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Corona Virus: US Seeks Medical Professionals for Visa Appointment

The United States has asked medical professionals around the world who want to work in America to reach out for visa appointment.

On Thursday, the United States overtook China as the country with the highest number of novel coronavirus patients anywhere in the world.

 

To further tame the spread of the virus and treatment of those infected, the US is calling out to medical professionals to apply to work in the North American country.

“We encourage medical professionals seeking to work in the United States on a work or exchange visitor, particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of COVID-19, to reach out to the nearest embassy or consulate to request a visa appointment,” the statement read.

The US is also extending visas for medical professionals in the country.

“For those foreign medical professionals already in the United States: J-1 Alien Physicians (medical residents) may consult with their program sponsor, ECFMG, to extend their programs in the United States.

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“Generally, a J-1 program for a foreign medical resident can be extended one year at a time for up to seven years.

Note that the expiration date on a U.S. visa does not determine how long one can be in the United States.”

– The Cable

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