The plan by the Federal Government to inject billions of naira in stimulus packages into the economy has been described as a step in the right direction capable of setting the economy on the path of recovery.
However, there is a need for the government to pursue a sustainable economic recovery programme through an improved and coordinated approach to agriculture, the Bishop of the Diocese of Ife, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Olubunmi Akinlade, has said.
He said such steps would help to address the myriads of economic challenges facing Nigerians and put the country on the path to becoming a developed nation.
Akinlade stated these in a speech to herald the second session of the 9th synod of the diocese in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
While advising the government to make agriculture attractive to unemployed youths, the cleric urged policymakers to invite experts to assist with workable policies capable of reviving economic fortune.
He frowned at the government’s plan to tax religious organisations, saying policies at variance with socio-economic growth must be critically examined.
Akinlade said, “The stimulus the government is planning to inject into the economy is a positive step, but that is like a drop of water in the ocean. They need to do more, they need to be proactive, they need to invite economic experts and evolve plans that work.
“I think at this moment, the present government needs to re-strategise and look at its policies and how it can improve on them to make the suffering that people are going through now much less.
“Our nation Nigeria is going through a very serious economic recession coupled with avoidable dots of troubles in different parts of the nation. The economic recession has brought untold hardship to the downtrodden masses of the country. However, we still urge the government to invest more in agriculture.”
Stating the reasons why religious organisations should not be taxed, Akinlade said, “For the government to levy religious organisations to pay taxes, I think that is a wrong step because from time immemorial, churches and religious organisations have been exempted from taxes.
“This is because we are charity organisations; we are not money-making organisations. The funds we receive are used for social welfare like free medical services.”
University Of Ibadan (UI) Goes Digital, Releases Timetable for Virtual Academic Session
University of Ibadan (UI) on Friday announced it is going ahead with resumption on February 20 despite the second wave of COVID-19.
In a statement released by the school, the First Semester of the 2020/2021 academic session will commence virtually on February 20, 2021.
The virtual academic session will last for 13 straight weeks and end on Friday May 12, 2021, while the matriculation ceremony will hold on Tuesday March 16, 2021.
The University of Ibadan also scheduled one week for the Finalization of Continuous Assessment, to begin from Mon. 17 May and ends Friday 21 May.
The rising number of COVID-19 cases has compelled the Senate to approve the virtual academic session in an effort to ensure the tertiary institution abides by the protocols established by the Federal Government to curb the spread of the pandemic.
“It, therefore, agreed that the 2020/2021 First Semester lectures will be delivered online. In this regard, students will not be accommodated on campus,” a statement from the school said.
“Senate also approved the cancellation of the 2019/2020 session. The next session is, therefore, renamed 2020/2021 Academic Session. Consequently, students who have been admitted for the 2019/2020 session will now be regarded as the 2020/2021 intakes.
“Kindly note that online opening of Registration Portal and Orientation Programme for the 2020/2021 intakes may commence ahead of the Sat 20/02/21 date indicated above,” the statement said.
House of Representatives Impeached Trump Over Capitol Invasion
The United States House of Representatives on Wednesday impeached President Trump for the second time after instigating the US Capitol invasion.
Led by Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, 232 representatives, including 10 Republicans, voted to impeach the outgoing president against 197 that voted for him to remain in the office for the next six days when he would handover to the president-elect, Joe Biden.
The ten Republicans were Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the party’s No. 3 leader in the House; Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington; John Katko of New York; Adam Kinzinger of Illinois; Fred Upton of Michigan; Dan Newhouse of Washington; Peter Meijer of Michigan; Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio; David Valadao of California; and Tom Rice of South Carolina.
Speaking before the vote, Pelosi said “a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the Republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold dear and that hold us together.”
“He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love,” she said, adding later, “It gives me no pleasure to say this — it breaks my heart.”
Republicans, who unanimously stood behind president Trump in 2019 during his first impeachment, were divided this time over the attack on Capitol.
A Republican representative from California, Kevin McCarthy, said “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters,” Mr. McCarthy said. “He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.”
US Congress Declares Joe Biden as The 46th President of The United States After Trump Mob Left
The joint congress of the United States on Thursday, January 7, 2021 certified Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States following President Trump’s mob action that disrupted the congress joint proceeding on Wednesday.
After ordering his followers to disrupt proceedings on Wednesday, President Trump later announced that there will be an orderly transition on January 20.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said in a statement issued by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino.
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!” Trump added.
While the certification was just a mere formality as Biden had secured enough electoral college votes (270) required to clinch the world’s most powerful seat, the refusal of Donald Trump to accept the results of the November 2020 election made the session a keenly watched, especially after Trump mob disrupted a joint session of the Senate.
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