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Network restates committment to support Kaduna IRS on progressive tax regime



Network restates committment to support Kaduna IRS on progressive tax regime

(Photo: 7th from L-R: Acting Executive Chairman of KADIRS, Mr Jerry Adams and the Coordinator of TJN Mr Simeon Olatunde in a group photograph with members of staff of KADIRS and TJN entourage on Thursday in Kaduna)

The Tax Justice Network (TJN) has restated its commitment to support the Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KADIRS) for fair, just, equitable and progressive tax regime in the state.

The TJN is an association of individuals and groups interested in engaging issues related to tax justice and promoting a fair, just, equitable and progressive tax regime in Nigeria.

It has a spread across the sub-national level.

Coordinator of the network in Kaduna, Mr Simeon Olatunde, made the committment at a familiarisation visit to the Acting Executive Chairman of KADIRS in Kaduna.


Olatunde noted that the association had, in the previous administrations, helped the KADIRS in publishing and distributing Hausa tax handbooks and rebuilt Lere grain market.

He added that the network also organised media engagements, trained the KADIRS staff on redress mechanisms among other engagements aimed at ensuring progressive tax regime.

He said that with support from Christian Aid, Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn, (PERL), Actionaid and OXFAM, among other funders, partners and supporters, they were able to carry out activities in line with the TJN objectives.

Olatunde therefore said the network was poised to increase domestic resource mobilisation to sustainably finance development.

He also said they were poised in campaigning for more fair and progressive tax policies in Kaduna to reduce multiple taxation, corporate tax dodging and other harmful tax practices in the state.


Olatunde, however, lamented that there wa huge capacity gap between the tax administrators at the local and state level and continued apathy of citizens on governance and taxes.

He also lamented that only few organisations were interested in tax justice, due to poor tax knowledge and weak synergy between TJN and KADIRS as well as other revenue generation agencies.

The coordinator called on the government to invest more in technology in a way that appealed to the
informal sector that would help capture it into the tax net.

He also urged the government to develop Kaduna tax policy/ implermentation framework to strengthen transparent and accountable service delivery.

It should also strengthen a feedback mechanism where taxpayers can track the update of some of the concerns raised through any of the communication paths.


“Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service should provide toll-free lines to ease the
cost of tax payments on taxpayers and
revive the Ease of Doing Business Committee in the state,” he said.

He commended the KADIRS for its recent arrest of six gang members of illegal tax collectors in the state.

Earlier, the Acting Executive Chairman of the KADIRS, Mr Jerry Adams, said they had done a lot in ensuring seamless tax administration in the state.

Regarding awareness creation and monitoring, he said they could not do it alone unless with the help of CSOs like the TJN and many others.

Adams noted that ordinarily, people did not like paying tax, adding that the attitude was not peculiar to Kaduna but the entire nation and developing countries in general.


He, therefore, said that for people to pay tax, they needed to know why they were paying it.

“When the people pay tax, they become stakeholders and ask questions on what the money is used for,” he said.

The acting executive chairman described the governor of the state, Sen. Uba Sani, as a wellfarist, stressing that his policies came with human face.

On that premise, he said they were trying on making the tax regime flexible to ensure that people complied voluntarily.

“In doing that, we need to create awareness as the people will know that there is a symbiotic relationship between them and the Government.


“When citizens pay tax, we give the government for them to use in development of the state.

“Paying tax by the people also attracts investment which will give birth to employment. The number of graduates our institutions are churning out is very high and government does not have the capacity to absorb them all.

“We want more private sector’s investment in the state, the government will not be able to meet up with its promises if people don’t pay tax,” Adams said.



Diphtheria: Children at risk as 7,202 cases are confirmed in Nigeria



A staggering 7,202 cases of diphtheria, a highly contagious bacterial infection that can be fatal without treatment, were confirmed in Nigeria last week.

The outbreak has been particularly severe among children under 14, with three-quarters of cases (73.6%) in this age group.

Most cases have been recorded in Kano state, Nigeria’s second most populous state. In the past three months, there have been 453 deaths from diphtheria in Nigeria.

Diphtheria is a vaccine-preventable disease, but low vaccination rates in Nigeria have made the outbreak possible. Only 42% of children under 15 in Nigeria are fully protected from diphtheria.

Diphtheria symptoms begin with a sore throat and fever. In severe cases, the bacteria produce a toxin that can block the airway, causing difficulty breathing and swallowing. The toxin can also spread to other body parts, causing heart kidney problems and nerve damage.


Save the Children is launching a wide-scale health response in the three most impacted states of Kano, Yobe, and Katsina. The organization is deploying expert health and supply chain staff to help overstretched clinics detect and treat diphtheria cases and to support mass vaccination campaigns.

However, Save the Children warns that a mass vaccination campaign will only be successful if the vaccine shortage is urgently addressed.

Severe shortages in Nigeria of the required vaccine and the antitoxin needed to treat the disease mean that the situation could continue to escalate, placing many children at risk of severe illness and death.

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WHO releases $16m to tackle cholera, says Director-General



The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies to tackle cholera.

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said this during an online news conference.

Ghebreyesus said that the organisation was providing essential supplies, coordinating the on the ground response with partners, supporting countries to detect, prevent and treat cholera, and informing people how to protect themselves.

“To support this work, we have appealed for 160 million dollars, and we have released more than 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies.

“But the real solution to cholera lies in ensuring everyone has access to safe water and sanitation, which is an internationally recognized human right,” he said.


According to him, in the previous week, WHO published new data showing that cases reported in 2022 were more than double those in 2021.

He said that the preliminary data for 2023 suggested was likely to be even worse.

“So far, 28 countries have reported cases in 2023 compared with 16 during the same period in 2022.

“The countries with the most concerning outbreaks right now are Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq and Sudan.

“Significant progress has been made in countries in Southern Africa, including Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but these countries remain at risk as the rainy season approaches,” Ghebreyesus said.


According to him, the worst affected countries and communities are poor, without access to safe drinking water or toilets.

He said that they also face shortages of oral cholera vaccine and other supplies, as well as overstretched health workers, who are dealing with multiple disease outbreaks and other health emergencies.

On COVID-19, Ghebreyesus said that as the northern hemisphere winter approaches, the organisation continued to see concerning trends.

He said that among the relatively few countries that report them, both hospitalisations and ICU admissions have increased in the past 28 days, particularly in the Americas and Europe.

WHO boss said that meanwhile, vaccination levels among the most at-risk groups remained worryingly low.


“Two-thirds of the world’s population has received a complete primary series, but only one-third has received an additional, or “booster” dose.

“COVID-19 may no longer be the acute crisis it was two years ago, but that does not mean we can ignore it,” he said.

According to him, countries invested so much in building their systems to respond to COVID-19.

He urged countries to sustain those systems, to ensure people can be protected, tested and treated for COVID-19 and other infectious threats.

“That means sustaining systems for collaborative surveillance, community protection, safe and scalable care, access to countermeasures and coordination,” he said.

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