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FG Pays Doctors’ N15.8 Billion Hazard Allowance

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FG Pays Doctors' N15.8 Billion Hazard Allowance

The federal government and the National association of Resident Doctors, NARD, will meet again next month after labour and employment minister Chris Ngige reassured the doctors of federal government’s commitment to their safety and welfare.

Ngige told attendees at the meeting the federal government has spent nearly sixteen billion naira on hazard allowances in federal teaching hospitals, federal medical centres as well as some other non-COVID-19 hospitals where doctors have also been treating COVID-19 cases.

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The meeting also agreed that the 20 per cent top-up for all health personnel inside the COVID wards and isolation centres of the hospitals should take effect as quickly as possible.

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Ngige said the federal government has paid the premium for group life insurance for one year starting in April for all federal civil servants, except those in the revenue generating agencies, such as customs, Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, and NNPC, who  can afford their own insurance.

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A committee has been set up to resolve the lingering problem between the management of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital and the resident doctors.

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COVID-19: Tax Keeps Nigeria Afloat, Not Oil Money – FIRS Tells Nigerians

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COVID-19: Tax Keeps Nigeria Afloat, Not Oil Money -- FIRS Tells Nigerians

The Federal Inland Revenue Service is urging Nigerians to pay their taxes.

FIRS executive chairman, Muhammad Nami, says Nigeria’s economy is being sustained by taxes, not by oil revenues, even in light of the covid-19 outbreak.

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Nami says tax revenues have played a great role in financing part of allocations shared by states.  The FIRS boss made these comments during a television public enlightenment appearance to educate citizens on voluntary tax compliance, including stamp duty payments which he says have increased from eighteen billion naira to a current level of around eighty billion naira.

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He implored outlets that collect the taxes to remit them to the government so the impact of oil revenue bust would be minimized.

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Shoprite Debunks Rumors Of Leaving Nigeria

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Shoprite Debunks Rumors Of  Leaving Nigeria

Retail giant, Shoprite, which has been in the Nigerian marketplace for fifteen years now, has debunked rumors it was planning to leave Nigeria.

Stories began flooding the social media on Monday that Shoprite has decided to leave the country because of a series of problems in doing business in Nigeria.

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But, country director for Chastex Consult, Ini Archibong, told a newspaper in Lagos, Shoprite is staying in Nigeria.  He said all the company had done was to open up investment opportunities in the company to Nigerians.  He said the company would not exit the country where it has a thirty-billion-dollar investment.

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If the report had been true, more than two thousand Nigerians would have lost their jobs.

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Air Peace Sacks Pilots Over Coronavirus Pandemic

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Air Peace Sacks 69 Pilots Over Coronavirus Pandemic

The devastating effects of COVID-19 pandemic cut across different sectors of the economy not leaving out the aviation sector as one of Nigeria’s biggest airline operator, Air Peace laid off a number of pilots and cut salaries.

The airline said in a statement on Monday that the decision became necessary in order to cope with the impact of the coronavirus on its operations without disclosing the number of pilots affected, but industry sources put the figure at around 70.

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The company said that it took the “very painful, but rightful decision”, adding that “the airline cannot afford to toe the path of being unable to continue to fulfill its financial obligations to its staff, external vendors, aviation agencies, maintenance organizations, insurance companies, banks and other creditors.

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Air Peace said “anything short of what we have done may lead to the collapse of an airline as could be seen in some places worldwide during this period.

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