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Australia To Reduce Tax On Sanitary Products By 2019

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Australia To Reduce Tax On Sanitary Products By 2019

Australia on Wednesday announced plans to scrap a 10-per-cent tax on tampons and sanitary products from 2019, bowing to campaigners who have called the levy “sexist’’.

The country’s state and territory treasurers unanimously agreed to remove the goods and services tax (GST) on feminine hygiene products during a meeting with federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

“Common-sense has prevailed and this reform is long overdue. The GST will be removed on feminine hygiene products from Jan. 1, 2019,’’ Frydenberg said in a statement as gathered by NIGERIA NEWS.

A similar government proposal was rejected in 2015 because states and territories would lose some 30 million dollars (22 million U.S. dollars) in tax revenue.

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Kelly O’Dwyer, Minister for Women’s Affairs, said efforts to remove the “unfair tax’’ have had a “tortured history’’.

“Millions of women right across the nation will be very thankful for it,’’ she told Sky News television.

Health advocates have lobbied to scrap the tax on sanitary products since it was introduced in 2001, noting that condoms, lubricants and Viagra are exempt from GST.

“The politicians have finally realised how much support in the community there has been to end the unfair and sexist tax,’’ Greens party senator Janet Rice told reporters.

Taxes on essential female hygiene products have become a contentious issue around the world, with most countries, including the United States, Britain, and Germany still taxing menstrual products.

Kenya was the first country in the world to eliminate a tax on sanitary items in 2004.

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CBN, Governor Emefiele reacts to ‘missing’ of over N600bn

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The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN and the Governor of the Apex bank, Governor Godwin Emefiele has reacted to rumour going around on social media and elite that about 600Bilion is missing since 2016.  The reactions of governor Emefiele was received on Monday morning by NIGERIA NEWS

This news was generated as a result of audio recording going around where the board of the CBN are heard saying 644bn is missing.

Here is the full statement made by the apex bank on the issue and audio recording.

The Management of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been notified of a purported audio recording of selective conversations amongst the Governor, Deputy Governor and some Senior Officials.

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Contrary to the headline-grabbing narrative that the discussion was about a fraudulent transaction, this conversation – the beginnings of which was omitted to create a different impression – was simply to proffer solutions to a misunderstanding that affected the Bank’s balance sheet.

As publicly known, the CBN was approached in 2015 by the National Economic Management Team and the National Economic Council (NEC), chaired by the Vice President, to assist State Governments with Conditional Budget Support, in the aftermath of the significant nose-dive in global oil prices and associated FAAC allocations.

In order to ensure that ordinary Nigerian workers got their salaries, pensions and gratuities, and that the economy continued to recover from recession, the Bank provided about N650 billion in loans at 9% with a two-year grace period to 35 States of the Federation. These monies were distributed to the States monthly with documented approval of the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Presidency.

In closing the Bank’s 2018 accounts, external auditors in their Draft Account, erroneously classified about N150 billion of these loans as bad, which negatively affected the Bank’s Balance Sheet and shareholders fund.

The selective conversation being circulated was simply a discussion to ascertain why the auditors took that position and next steps to resolving it. Obviously, it soon became clear that a State Government loan cannot be classified as “bad” or “irrecoverable” when the State still exists and getting FAAC allocations.

The Bank then reached out to the Federal Ministry of Finance and they jointly gave comfort to the auditors who accepted in writing that these monies would be repaid. On this basis, the auditors reversed the negative entry and the certified that the CBN’s 2018 accounts were a true reflection of the State of Affairs.

Reconciliation of Balance Sheet items are regular conversations amongst Senior Management of many agencies and should not be misconstrued as anything but that. Had the online media which released the selective recordings sought the comments of CBN as required of journalism practice, we would have provided it.

Clearly, those who listened to the audio can easily ascertain that the conversation had nothing to do with anything fraudulent as purported. The Bank therefore urges all well-meaning Nigerians to disregard this audio and continue to trust that the Bank is doing everything it can to represent their interests in the best possible way.

Under the leadership of Governor Emefiele, the CBN has always stood for, and vigorously pursued transparency in its stewardship of public resources and policies. NO MONIES ARE MISSING OR STOLEN. The integrity of the CBN Governor remains unassailable.

He has no account in Dubai or anywhere in the world and would never convert the funds of CBN for personal use. Not in the past, not now and not ever. The use of selective wiretapped conversations of the Bank’s Management, to malign his character and integrity will never stand.

The Bank will pursue every legal means to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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Buhari appoints Godwin Emefiele as CBN governor for second term

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Godwin Emefiele reappointed as CBN governor by muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria president

The news reaching NIGERIA NEWS is that the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele has been reappointed by the Nigerians president, Muhammadu Buhari for the second term.

Recall that the tenure of the governor of the CBN is meant to expire next month, June buh his reappointment will see him spend another four years in the CBN.

NIGERIA NEWS understands that provided that Emefiele spends another full term he will become the first Nigerian to spend 8 good years in the apex bank of Nigeria since the returning of Democrazy in 1999.

BREAKING: The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has just read a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari, reappointing the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, for a second term.

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