- FG to Start Port Harcourt-Maiduguri Rail Project
The Federal Government has commenced negotiations for the construction of Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail project, Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, stated.
The minister said the project would stretch from Rivers to Borno State and currently being discussed by the Chinese government and Nigerian government.
Amaechi said the rail line will pass through Abia, Imo, Enugu, Ebonyi, Anambra, Benue, Nasarawa, Rivers, Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe and Yobe.
In a statement issued by the Federal Ministry of Transportation on Tuesday in Abuja, Amaechi said: “The six geo-political zones are all covered. Port Harcourt-Maiduguri covers Port Harcourt, Aba, Owerri, Umuahia, Enugu, Abakaliki, Awka, Markurdi, Lafia, Akwanga, Jos, Bauchi, Gombe and connects to Yobe, Damaturu and then Maiduguri.
“The Lagos-Calabar line is for the whole of the South-South. We have Lagos coming through Akure, Benin and then from Benin we have a spot leading to Agbor and Asaba and to Onitsha.
“It then continues to Ughelii, Warri, Yenagoa, Port Harcourt, Aba, Uyo and Calabar. That takes care of the South-South, while Port Harcourt-Maiduguri takes care of the South-East and the North-East.”
Amaechi explained that because the projects were capital intensive, the government had planned it to cover all the regions.
“The Lagos-Kano line takes care of the South-West and part of the North-West and North-Central. The central line that starts from Abuja takes care of the North-Central, Kogi and Kwara. All of these projects require money,” Ameachi stated.
He added, “If we can’t get money enough for the new ones, we can as well borrow money to rehabilitate the old ones.”
According to the minister, Nigeria now operates over 600km functioning rail lines.
Nigeria Corporations Paid N238.1 Billion Income Tax Via E-channels in 2020
Companies in Nigeria have started embracing electronic payment platforms established to ease the tax payment process and facilitate accountability.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), businesses operating in Nigeria paid the highest amount of taxes through electronic channels in five years in 2020.
The statistics office puts the total amount paid in Company Income Tax (CIT) through the electronic channels at N238.1 billion in 2020.
The amount represents 16.9 percent of the total CIT paid in 2020 as more businesses adopt safer online payment methods.
NBS noted that payments were done through E-transact, E-tax pay and Remita.
However, a further breakdown of the report showed taxes fell by 13.5 percent from N1.63 trillion in 2019 to 1.41 trillion in 2020 due to the lockdown that crippled business activities in the first half of the year.
Taxes paid by Nigerian owned companies declined by 2.78 percent from N813.17 billion in 2019 to N790.58 billion in 2020. While taxes paid by international companies declined from N615.52 billion achieved in 2019 to N388.77 billion in 2020.
Aliko Dangote Remains Africa’s Richest Man With $12.1 Billion Net Worth -Forbes
Nigerian industrialist, Aliko Dangote, is Africa’s richest person for the tenth year in a row.
In the Forbes Africa latest billionaires list, Dangote’s total net worth stood at $12.1 billion, a $2 billion increment when compared to last year. Thanks to the 30 percent increase in the price of Dangote Cement share.
Nassef Sawiris of Egypt followed Dangote with $8.5 billion net worth with the majority of his investments coming from construction and other investments.
In third place was Nicky Oppenheimer of South Africa with an $8 billion total net worth.
Portland Paints, Chemical and Allied Products Plc Agreed to Merge
Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc and Chemical and Allied Products Plc have agreed to merge, according to the latest statement from both companies.
In a statement released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the Board of Directors of CAP said we are “pleased to inform you that following discussions and negotiations, the Boards of CAP and Portland Paints have reached an agreement to undertake a merger between both entities (the “Merger” or the “Proposed Merger”).
Accordingly, we “hereby present to you the terms and benefits of the Proposed Merger for your consideration and seek your support and approval to effect the Proposed Merger.
“The Proposed Merger presents a compelling opportunity to create significant value for shareholders of CAP and achieve the company’s strategic growth objectives as a larger company with a broader product portfolio, more corporate owned brands and diversified revenues.
“The resultant entity is also expected to benefit from enhanced distribution capabilities in addition to economies of scale and operational efficiencies.”
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