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8 things you don’t know about CBN’s Priscilla Ekwere Eleje

Nairametrics highlights the 8 things you probably didn’t know about Priscilla Ekwere Eleje, who recently made history as first woman to have her signature on naira. Take a look…

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8 things you don't know about CBN's Priscilla Ekwere Eleje

For the first time since the inception of Nigeria’s statehood, the signature of a woman will appear on country’s naira notes.

This is because Mrs Priscilla Ekwere Eleje has been confirmed as a Substantive Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. Before now, she was an  Acting Director of Currency and Operations at the CBN.

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The appointment makes her the first female director of currency in the history of Nigeria’s apex bank.

She broke the glass ceiling

Becoming the first female Director of currency in the history of the CBN is a great feat for Mrs Eleje. Already, her signature has been appended on the naira. Interestingly, Eleje broke this record 61 years after the introduction of Nigerian currency.

Note that Ladi Kwali, Nigeria’s foremost potter, is the only woman whose picture appears on the naira; the N20 note to be specific.

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Except for the N20 note, every other denomination of Nigeria’s naira has had the face, name, and signature of men; until now that is.

8 things you should know about Priscilla Ekwere Eleje

  • Eleje has served the Acting Director of Currency and Operations at the Central Bank of Nigeria.
  • She was confirmed as a Substantive Director of the apex bank on Thursday, August 30, 2018.
  • Eleje is the first Nigerian woman to have her signature on the Nigerian currency.
  • New currencies printed from the day of her appointment confirmation will carry her signature.
  • She is also the first female Director of Currency in the history of the bank.
  • Eleje is a psychology graduate of the University of Jos (UNIJOS), Nigeria.
  • She is an alumnus of the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship programme.
  • Eleje has completed her programme in Banking and Management at Boston University, Massachusetts, USA.
  • More so, Eleje is a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA).

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Real Estate and Construction

Tax on rents and Certificate of Occupancy is valid – Akabueze

FIRS had announced that stamp duty will be paid on house rent and C of O.

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The Director-General of the Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze, announced that the recent FIRS taxes on Certificate of Occupancy and rents is not new and has been around since the 1980s.

He disclosed this in the 2021-2023 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF&FSP) on Friday, adding that ever since the 80s, his landlord had always given him a postage stamp on his rent receipts, and that the law was not just recognized for a long time.

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“Over time, because the culture of postage has dropped off and that was not being implemented. What FIRS has done now is to make that into electronic stamp that you can still use to comply with the existing law,” Akabueze said.

Last week, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) announced that stamp duty will be paid on house rent and Certificate of Occupancy (C of O), in line with its new adhesive duty. The new duty was inaugurated in Abuja at the official inauguration of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Audit and Recovery of Back Years Stamp Duties.

FIRS Director for Communication and Liaison Department, Mr Abdullahi Ahmad, said the new policy was necessary so as to give the instruments the legal backing required and make them legally binding on all parties involved in such transactions.

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Consequently, Ahmad asked Nigerians to ensure that documents that related to rent and lease agreements for homes or offices, C of O, and other common business-related transaction instruments were authenticated with the new FIRS Adhesive Stamp Duty.

He also advised Nigerians to make sure that any document related to leasing agreements and rents related to offices and homes, including C of O and other transaction instruments used in these seals were authenticated with the new FIRS Adhesive Stamp Duty.

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Coronavirus

Port-Harcourt International airport resumes flight operations

The first flight to Port Harcourt was conducted by Air Peace 5N EUV from Lagos.

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FAAN reacts to release of guideline for resumption of flight operations post covid-19, FAAN releases new guidelines for post covid-19 flight operations

The Port Harcourt International Airport formally resumed flight operations on Saturday, July 11, with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), restating its commitment towards a zero coronavirus transmission.

This was disclosed by the Regional Manager South-South and South-East of FAAN, Abayomi Akinbinu, on Saturday, July 11, during the arrival of the first flight after 3 months of shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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The first flight, which was conducted by Air Peace 5N EUV from Lagos, arrived Port-Harcourt International Airport terminal at 7.50 am.

He said the Port-Harcourt airport management was ready to ensure zero chances of the coronavirus transmission with the management giving no room for default of the COVID-19 safety guidelines by regulatory authorities as flight operations resume at the airport.

He frowned at the non-adherence to physical distancing rule, while also commending safety compliance level by service providers and passengers at the airport.

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According to Abayomi, “Our markings of 1.5 metres apart are visibly on the floor, but maybe because of excitement it’s not being properly followed; so we need to make quick enforcement in that regard.”

He said although there was low turnout of passengers, he expected a gradual increase in the coming days.

He said, “On the departure section, we are gradually getting more passengers and I believe that going forward passengers’ turnout is going to increase. My message to prospective passengers is that the Port Harcourt International Airport terminal is safe.”

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On his own part, the Head of Aviation Medical Clinic of the airport, Dr Nuhu Mwabi, said that the Port Health is seriously conducting mandatory temperature checks on both service providers and passengers before allowing them into the airport terminal building.

Nuhu said, “This is because we want to fish out persons with a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius and above, so that we can isolate such individual. Our cardinal objective is to ensure that we contain the spread of COVID-19 as well as other communicable diseases within the airport.”

He added that the World Health Organization and the various medical teams were ready to professionally handle any suspected case, should the need arise.

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It can be recalled that the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had last week announced the resumption schedule for flight operations for the various airports across the country. The Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport resumed flight operations on July 8.

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Lagos Govt Seals Acouns Medical Lab for conducting illegal COVID-19 tests

The lab conducted COVID-19 tests without required government approval.

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The Lagos State Ministry of Health has sealed a private medical laboratory that was conducting illegal COVID-19 tests inside a pharmacy at Banana Island in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The ministry stated that the laboratory, Acouns Medical Laboratory and Diagnostic Centre, conducted COVID-19 tests without required government approval.

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According to a NAN report, the laboratory was sealed on Friday, July 10 by one of the agencies of the Ministry of Health – Health Facility Monitoring Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA).

The ministry warned in its Saturday morning tweet, that such health facilities posed a danger to their communities and staff, and discouraged residents from patronising facilities that had not been duly accredited for such purposes.

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“It is illegal to manage COVID-19 cases outside of an accredited facility. We implore the public not to go for tests or treatment in a private facility that has not been accredited by government.

“It is dangerous and it might put you at more risk,” it said.

The ministry promised to ensure that health facilities in the state adhered strictly to the standards put in place, and urged residents to cooperate with the authorities.

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Recall that a few weeks ago, the Lagos State government announced it has added Seven Private Laboratories into its testing strategy to expand capacity in Nigeria’s commercial capital.

Lagos state has, through its accredited health facilities, conducted over 45,000 COVID-19 tests, with over 7000 confirmed cases from the number.

The ministry had also recently announced the private health facilities accredited for the purpose of COVID-19 testing.

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