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  • FG Begins Voluntary Tax Compliance Campaign

The Federal Government on Thursday commenced an aggressive campaign to drive the rate of voluntary tax compliance in the country and boost tax revenue.

The campaign, which commenced at the headquarters of the Ministry of Finance in Abuja, saw top officials of the ministry as well as the Federal Inland Revenue Service visiting markets and other popular places within the Federal Capital Territory to sensitise people of the need for voluntary tax compliance.

The awareness campaign is part of measures to implement last week’s directive issued by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo that for the next one year, every Thursday should be celebrated as a tax day to educate Nigerians on the benefits of taxation.

The Chairman, FIRS, Mr. Babatunde Fowler, who led the campaign in Abuja, said the tax awareness programme would be taken to all the 36 states of the federation.

He stated that the campaign would continue every Thursday for the next one year as declared by Osinbajo at the launch of the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme.

He said in collaboration with the state governments, the campaign would raise the level of tax awareness and result in massive enrolment of new taxpayers.

According to him, through the programme, the Federal Government is targeting to bring in four million new taxpayers into the tax net as well as increase the level of payment among the 14 million already registered taxpayers.

He said, “The only way we can make Nigeria sweet is to start paying our taxes. We have come out with the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme, which gives everybody the opportunity to come out and declare their income and pay their contribution to ensure that Nigeria becomes a better place.

“I’m sure that if we all contribute, Nigeria will become the Nigeria of our dreams; the Nigeria that is prosperous and conducive to live in. Let’s join hands together to realise this dream by paying taxes.”

The Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council Traders’ Association, Mr. Edozie Ugwu, said traders would cooperate with the government by paying taxes in such a way that it would be difficult for the government to come with excuses for non-performance.

“We are ready to pay our taxes because without taxes, we cannot make the country work. We thank you for giving us the opportunity to regularise our taxes,” he said.

The VAIDS offers a grace period from July 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, for tax defaulters to voluntarily pay back to government what they owe.

In exchange for full and honest declaration, the government promised to waive penalties that should have been levied and also waive the interest that should have been paid on overdue taxes.

Also, those who declare honestly will not be subjected to any investigation or tax audit after the grace period.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade long experience in the global financial market. Contact Samed on Twitter: @sameolukoya

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Citigroup Sees $60 Per Barrel Crude Oil in the Next 12 Months

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Citigroup Says Crude Oil Will Reach $60 Per Barrel in a year

Despite the current economic downturn and the projected second phase of COVID-19, Citigroup, a New-York based financial service company, has said oil price could hit $60 per barrel in the next 12 months.

Citigroup disclosed this on Thursday during a virtual EMEA Media Summit titled – ‘Navigating the Future: What’s Next in a Post-COVID-19 World’.

“After a substantial underperformance in the last six months relative to several other commodities, crude will eventually bounce back to around $60 per barrel over the next 12 months,” Max Layton, European Head of Commodities Strategy, Citigroup said while giving a presentation on the outlook for commodities in the second half of 2020, and into 2021.

This means Brent crude oil would rise by at least 50 percent from the current level of $42 per barrel in the next 12 months.

“It’s going to be a function of the demand and supply but recently we have been seeing a spike in the demand for some of the commodities,” said Atiq Rehman, Head of EMEA Emerging Markets, Citigroup.

“A lot of these economies are heavily commodity-dependent, and perhaps, in the past have been guilty of not diversifying when they come under pressure. I think perhaps, this recent moves will push them to diversify away from simply commodities,” Grant Carson, Head of TRUK And Non-Presence Countries, Citigroup, stated citing Russian as one of the countries that have recorded success in diversifying away from crude oil.

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Oil Sustains $42 Price Level as OPEC Output Drops to Over Two-Decade Low

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OPEC Oil Output Drops to Over Two-Decade Low in June

Crude oil sustained $42 per barrel price level following a recent survey conducted by Reuters that showed the Organisation for the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) managed to cut oil production to over two-decade low in the month of June.

According to the survey, OPEC’s 13 members pumped 22.62 million barrels per day in June, 1.92 million barrels per day below May’s revised figure. The lowest since May 1991.

OPEC and allies, together referred to as OPEC plus, had agreed to cut oil production by 9.7 million barrels per day in the month of April to rebalance the global oil market and prop up prices amid COVID-19 pandemic.

OPEC’s share of the 9.7 million barrels per day production cut was 6.084 million bpd but OPEC delivered 6.523 million bpd cut in the month of June despite the inconsistencies from Nigeria, Angola and Iraq.

In June, Saudi Arabia reduced production by 1.13 million barrels per day to 7.53 million bpd. While Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates met their quota but struggle to fulfill the extra cuts.

Nigeria, Iraq and Angola continue to struggle in the month of June. However, their performance improved compared to May as Nigeria attained 77 percent compliance level, up from 19 percent in May.

While Iraq and Angola achieved 70 percent and 80 percent compliance level, respectively. Nigeria and Iraq have pledged to cut more in July despite their economic challenges. Angola, however, said it would not be able to cut extra oil production until October.

Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian oil is measured, rose to $42.48 per barrel on Friday as at 2:58 pm Nigerian time.

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Nigeria Labour Congress Says No Fuel Increase Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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No Fuel Increase During COVID-19 Pandemic, Says Nigeria Labour Congress

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Thursday rejected the new fuel price announced by the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) on Wednesday.

In a statement issued by Ayuba Wabba, the President, NLC, the labour demanded instant reversal to the old price, saying the move will kill businesses and worsen the nation’s poverty level at a time when nations are looking to ease economic burden of their citizens and mitigate negative impacts of COVID-19.

The PPPRA had raised the value band of Premium Motor Spirit, commonly referred to as Petrol, to between N140.80 and N143.80 per litre on Wednesday because of the recent increase in crude oil prices.

Nigeria Labour Congress argued that “PPPRA contradicted itself when it said that the latest price increase described as an “advisory” was meant to regulate a product that government claims had been de-regulated.

“That this new hike in the pump price of petrol was announced without the approval of the board of the PPPRA and the oversight ministry speaks volume of the arbitrariness and public contempt in the operations of PPPRA. We find this deeply disturbing.

“It is also very embarrassing that the PPPRA boss, while trying to defend the indefensible, appeared to be out of sorts and ready to clutch at any available straws to sell his ice block merchandise to Eskimos.

“Apart from contradicting himself that PPPRA is still trying to regulate a deregulated product through ‘advisories’, the PPPRA went on to exert more nails on the coffin of his polemics when he argued that PPPRA was just like the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and the National Insurance Commission, NAICOM, that would always act to protect the public interest.

“That was how far the niceties went. The rest of the statement by the PPPRA boss was about how PPPRA plans to protect investors and increase their profit.”

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