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EFCC

The news about the establishment of another anti graft agency has been received with mixed feelings, as some said that it was a waste of time and that of taxpayers money.

They suggested that government should strengthened the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission to enable them execute their mandates effectively.

Meanwhile, a couple of others have hailed the move, saying it would help check the excessive abuse of power, especially by the EFCC.

NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) appears to have lost the people’s support as reactions that followed its threat to embark on strike should the Federal Government fails to reverse the hike in fuel price and electricity tariff, were unsavoury.

Channels Television reported that the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba while making the announcement on Wednesday in Abuja, said the NLC’s central working committee has resolved to issue a two-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to reverse the increase.

A cross section of Nigerians who reacted to the news on social media, slammed the NLC, accusing it of pursuing its selfish interest under the pretext of fighting for the masses. They also said that the body has become a tool in the hands of politicians to settle political scores.

Some were also of the opinion that though the increment has taken a tool on the masses, people should exercise patience, as the motive behind the deregulation of the downstream sector was in the best interest of the country.

El-Rufai

Despite commendations that followed the signing into law the Kaduna State amended penal code 2020 by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, some on social media have expressed their reservation about the new law, which prescribes surgical castration for rapists upon conviction.

While airing their concern over certain issues bordering on technicality of the amended law, those who reacted lamented that the poor masses would mostly be the victims of the penal code in the event that someone was wrongly convicted.

Jimoh Aliu

Nigerians have taken to social media to mourn the death of veteran actor, Alhaji Jimoh Aliu, popularly known as Aworo.

Aliu, the popular producer of the famous movie, “Arelu” among other epic Yoruba movies, died in Ado Ekiti at the age of 85.

Some who recalled that the versatile actor played a part in their childhood, through his movies way back in the 80s, prayed for the peaceful repose of his soul.

BVNs

Many people have expressed outright disapproval of a new directive by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), mandating all account holders in financial institutions (Banks, Insurance Companies, etc) to obtain, complete and submit Self-Certification Forms to their respective financial institutions.

According to a statement on FIRS website, failure to comply with the requirement to administer or execute the form attracts sanctions which may include monetary penalty or inability to operate the account.

Reacting to the development on social media, a cross section of Nigerians insisted that Bank Verification Numbers (BVNs) should be used for whatever update that was required by FIRS.

Others also suggested that banks could be directed to make the Self – Certification Form available on their respective websites for easy access by customers, arguing that to allow people troop to banks to manually fill hardcopy of the form was against NCDC COVID-19 protocol.

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