GOVERNMENT SHOULD DEDUCT TITHES FROM WORKERS’ SALARIES AND FORWARD TO CHURCH – ARCHBISHOP SAYS
** A Catholic Archbishop of Kampala, Uganda, has suggested that the central government should deduct 10 per cent from the monthly salaries of workers and forward directly to the church as tithe, adding that non-payment of tithes affects the development of the church. He said.
Lwanga pointed out that in Germany, citizens who are registered as Catholics, Protestants or Jews have a church tax (Kirchensteuer) where 8 to 9 per cent of their annual income is deducted. The church tax is collected by the government and channeled to the respective religious organizations.
*. Real Madrid chief executive Florentino Perez is not known for his patience with those who struggle at the helm of his club. He tried to hold out as long as he could as Julen Lopetegui looked for a way through the recent darkness, but a dismantling at the hands of a bitter rival forced his hand. Following a 5-1 defeat to Barcelona in El Clasico over the weekend, Real Madrid finally pulled the trigger and officially sacked manager Julen Lopetegui on Monday after weeks of speculation
*. Yakubu Dogara, has mourned a former minister, Tony Anenih, who died on Sunday. Mr Anenih died Sunday afternoon at Cedarcrest Hospital Abuja. He was 85 years old. In a statement Sunday evening, Mr Dogara eulogised Mr Anenih as a nationalist and political strategist.
Mr Anenih’s family later released a statement praising the retired police officer and politician, saying he served “God and humanity with commitment.”
1. FOREIGN SCENE:
The King and Queen of England generally serve in these capacities till the day they die and it is unusual for the practise to change. However, it is entirely possible that the current Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth, could walk away from Royal responsibility and have son Charles, 70, serve as regent. In a new book by veteran royal correspondent Robert Jobson, it has been speculated that the aged Queen could step aside by the age of 95 and let Charles rule
2. FOREIGN SCENE:
Angela Merkel has announced she will quit as German chancellor when her mandate ends in 2021. Merkel’s decision may not be unconnected to series of political crises that have rocked her fragile coalition. Taking a decisive step towards the end of her political career, the veteran leader who has led Germany for 13 years said she hoped her planned departure would end bitter fighting in her coalition and finally focus it on its task of governing Europe’s biggest economy
3. FOREIGN SCENE:
Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro has won Brazil’s presidential election following a divisive campaign. Official results show he won 56% of the vote with 94% of ballots counted, in Sunday’s run-off against Fernando Haddad of the left-wing Workers Party. In a victory speech broadcast live on Facebook, the president-elect vowed to “change Brazil’s destiny together” and pledged to follow “the bible and the constitution”. Dubbed Brazil’s Donald Trump, his policies include loosening gun ownership laws and allowing police to use more force.
4. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presided over NEC meeting at the presidential villa, Abuja attended by the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, his counterparts from Kebbi and Plateau, Atiku Bagudu and Simon Lalong as well as Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige and other stakeholders. In the end, the meeting disagreed on whether to accept the federal government’s offer of N24,000 even though the organised Labour is demanding N30,000 as the new national minimum wage.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenges President Muhammadu Buhari to speak out on the declaration by Finance Minister, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, that the policies of his administration were hurting the nation and destroying investor- confidence in our economy. The party said the declaration by the minister is a vindication of its stand that the Buhari administration was responsible for the nation’s economic woes and expressed dismay that President Buhari has kept mum on the issue since the minister made her declaration last week.
The manufacturer of the helicopter which got involved in a crash killing Leicester City chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, has reacted to the tragic incidence. Italian company Leonardo Helicopter made the AW169 AugstaWestland aircraft belonging to the Leicester owner in 2016. According to the manufacturer, the tragic crash at the King Power Stadium is the first involving one of that model of the aircraft. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was picked up by the helicopter shortly after Leicester City drew against West Ham in the Premier League.
7. MILITARY VS SHIITES:
Another devastating violence has broken out in Karu, a densely populated suburb just southeast of Abuja. Witnesses revealed that at least 16 people have been killed and scores wounded after Shiite protesters attempted to break a barricade of Nigerian soldiers around the flyover in Karu.
While some of the deceased died after being rammed by cars driven by panic drivers, most of them were hit by Nigerian soldiers’ bullets, which they reportedly rained on the protesters and passersby indiscriminately, witnesses said.
IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu who resurfaced in Jerusalem after one year of no communication, was featured on Israeli National TV, today. Meanwhile, Kanu has said the Nigerian government spurned the demands he made after he was released from prison over a year ago. “I told them, that I want them to open Igweocha seaport, Port Harcourt,” Nnamdi Kanu, who leads the Indigenous People of Biafra, said in a message posted to Radio Biafra’s Facebook page on Sunday.
9. MINIMUM WAGE:
The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) is to hold an emergency meeting on Oct. 30, to discuss the national minimum wage and come up with a position, Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara has said. Yari spoke with State House correspondents on the matter after an expanded Economic Management Team meeting at the Presidential Villa on Monday in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that organised labour has been at odds with the Federal Government over demands to increase the remunerations of public sector workers.
A day after reports linked Antonio Conte with a move to Real Madrid, it appears the former Chelsea boss won’t be taking the gig due to resistance from key Los Blancos players. According to the Independent’s Ed Malyon, Conte’s once near-certain appointment is now on the rocks, and not because his terms with Chelsea require a £9.5-million payout if he takes another job this season, but because some influential Madrid players don’t want him there. Further reports allege that Lopetegui’s former international pupil Sergio Ramos is at the forefront of those against Conte’s signing.