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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has said the increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) by the Muhammadu government has rendered useless, the recent upward review of from N18,000 to N30,000.

The students body said the new minimum wage and the increase in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members allowance were of no effect, considering that people now paid more for goods, phone calls and other services.

NANS Spokesman, Azeez Adeyemi, said on Tuesday: “The increase in VAT from about 5% to 7.7% takes its own toll on the significant effect of living conditions of workers and corps members, as consumers are now charged 12% more on most of the finished goods they purchase including phone calls and .

“By virtue of this, the level of inflation since the implementation of N18,000 minimum wage, till the current battle for N30,000 minimum wage, has drastically outweighed the purchasing power of the masses.”

Speaking on corps members allowance, Adeyemi said, “We see no significant difference between the N19,800 corps members’ allowance in 2012 and the N33,000 of 2020. We expect that our corps members should even earn more than they do by now.”

The statement reads further: “In this view, while we commend the necessity of the increment in corps members’ allowance, we give the salutation to the rank and file of Nigerian workers who keep fighting for befitting reward for their labour. To this end, we call on every Nigerian not to relent in the struggle for a better country that guarantees proper welfare of all.

“However, the Nigerian government must as a matter of urgency, ensure the implementation of N30,000 minimum wage across all states and sectors. The Federal Government must also improve her commitment to robust funding of education in the country. NANS believes that the backbone for a better country remains the educational background of the people, thus, we charge all governors to equally follow suit by paying the N30,000 minimum wage.

“Also, we use this medium to call on the Federal Government to equally pay arrears of increment to the corps members who had served since the passing of the new minimum wage law.”

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Meanwhile, 18 patients had earlier been discharged, after making full recovery from the novel virus.

With this development, Lagos state government has discharged 22 of its 98 confirmed cases,

So far, 190 cases have been confirmed in .

24 have been discharged nationwide.

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The Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi, has called on Nigerians to cooperate with the Police and other security agencies in enforcing the sit at home directive by the in Lagos and Ogun States, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

President Muhammadu , had in a broadcast last Sunday, directed a lockdown in the affected areas as the Federal Government stepped up the battle to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

The shutdown, which is to be for an initial two weeks, “is the containment period to identify, trace and isolate all individuals that have come into contact with confirmed cases.”

Dingyadi said when citizens and residents of the affected states deepen cooperation with the security agencies in enforcing the directive it would yield the desired result of breaking the spread of the virus.

The Minister lauded the enforcement of restriction on movement which took effect at 11 pm on Monday, March 30, 2020.

He said restriction of inward and outward movement in affected states would assist relevant health authorities in implementing other measures aimed at defeating COVD-19.

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He expressed optimism in the efficacy of the country’s collective determination to beat COVID-19.

He assured citizens of adequate protection as patrols, surveillance and other crime preventive measures will be intensified to ensure safety of lives and property.

“The Minister re-emphasized the need for police officers and other security personnel on enforcement duties, to ensure professionalism in the conduct of their assignment, which should also culminate in deepened cooperation from members of the public, for the safety of all,” the statement read.

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