A former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL), Olumide Akpata has emerged as 30th President-elect of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
According to the results declared early Friday by Chairman of the Electoral Committee of the NBA (ECNBA), Akpata polled a total of 9,891 votes (54.3 per cent) out of a total of 18,256 votes cast to defeat Dr. Babatunde Ajibade (SAN) and a former NBA General Secretary, Dele Adesina (SAN), who polled 4,328 and 3,982 votes respectively.
Dele Adesina, had earlier called for immediate suspension of the e-poll to a later date when a clean list must have been prepared and published, alleging among other things that the voters register contained “grave errors of omission and commission,” and included the existence of “names of purported lawyers without branches ascribed to them from Serial Number 25171 to 29635.”
Akpata’s victory is a departure from the past where Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) were clear favourites to win elections into the presidency of the bar.
FIRS extends deadline for filing annual tax returns
The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has extended the deadline for the filing of annual returns in a number of tax categories from August 1, 2020, to August 7, 2020.
According to a public notice issued by Muhammad Nami, Executive Chairman of the Service; the management of the service recognised the challenges of the current times which taxpayers were going through, adding that there would be no penalisation for late submission if the companies file their Year 2020 Income Tax Returns within the grace period.
“In furtherance of this and in addition to a number of COVID-19 palliatives already in place, as well as in the spirit of this Eid celebration, we hereby grant a further one-week extension from the July 31, 2020 deadline for companies with December accounting year end to file their Year 2020 annual Income Tax Returns,” the notice read.
“We haven’t certified any herbal product as cure for COVID-19” – NAFDAC
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it is yet to approve any herbal medicine for the treatment of COVID-19, stressing that a drug could only be certified for use after going through clinical trials.
Director of Public Affairs for the agency, Dr. Abubakar Jimoh, in an interview with Punch, urged Nigerians to put sentiments aside, adding that NAFDAC has nothing to gain by not registering herbal products as it will be the country’s pride if such is registered and certified for consumption.
“There is a procedure for everything, we are talking about human lives here, people cannot just put together concoction and expect people to consume it just like that. So far the herbal mixture will be for public consumption due diligence must be followed,” he noted.
Sam Smith releases new collab with Burna Boy titled “My Oasis”
In the most unexpected match up, award-winning American singer, Sam Smith, and popular entertainer, Burna Boy teamed up on a new single called “My Oasis.” The track was written by Smith and Burna Boy alongside songwriter, Jimmy Napes.
Sam Smith raved about the collaboration saying, “I’ve been a fan of Burna Boy for years now and am so happy to have a tune with him.”
Give it a listen below:
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