Stay updated. Read on the first three editions of the National Tax Debate here.
However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin.Take it and pay the tax for both of us.
This year, the theme of the National Tax Debate, which held between March 12 to 14, 2017, was – ‘Enhancing Taxpayers’ awareness through Student Tax Clubs.’ With the full fledged support of the Joint Tax Board at it 137th meeting tagged ‘Collaboration amongst Tax Authorities; Its impact on revenue generation and service delivery to Taxpayers’, the Tax Club sought to add the voices of the leaders of tomorrow to the taxpayers’ awareness enhancement conversation. Every geopolitical zone was represented by a tertiary institution – Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Lagos, University of Ilorin, University of Benin, University of Nigeria, University of Maiduguri, Lagos State University, Babcock University, Usman Dan Fodio University and University of Abuja.
The ride back to their house was silent. She was strung up. He could tell. She had applied her hand cream three times already. They had spent roughly twenty minutes on the road. His fingers drummed on the steering wheel. They had less than roughly 120 seconds before the light turned green. He cleared his throat. What could he say? She took a deep breath.
He glanced sharply towards her. Her cheeks were wet with tears. “Hey.” He squeezed her thigh gently. She wiped her tears away. “I feel so bad.” She shook her head as if to staunch the flow of her tears. “Look at us. Abbey and Eddy must be feeling so sad right now with you still going to work and all. You ever feel like we could do better? Maybe we should visit them more often?” She patted her swollen belly lovingly. The light turned green. “This baby has made me a Dracula. I snored at work on Friday. I am still embarrassed. Thank God it was my last day before my maternity leave.” She sighed again. “Abbey and I had the most awkward conversation when you guys left the table. She wouldn’t look at me and when she finally did, she wouldn’t hold my gaze. I can’t place my finger on what is wrong. I mean Eddie is not doing badly. On the brighter side, he is doing the cooking he always loved doing. I wouldn’t mind some of that grilled tilapia of his. Abby and I have not had our weekly lunch meetings in a month. I don’t know how I will survive this maternity leave without her.” Continue reading “CAB 8”→
He walked briskly towards the table. ‘Eddie, how far now?”
Eddie glances across the room. ‘What is wrong with you?”
Deji reaches for the water and pours himself a glass. His hands tremble and he spills a third of the water in his glass. He is saved from answering Eddie’s question by the approach of his wife and Abbey, Eddie’s wife. Deji’s wife pats her stomach as she settles in her seat. She smiles at Deji as she speaks, “I have dreaming about this ewa aganyin* since the beginning of this week. You can’t understand.” Abbey wrinkles her nose at her. “Are you certain you are eating just for two? It feels like your stomach is camp to an army of hungry soldiers.” She chuckles and signals to the sales girls. “Please let us order. This hunger is killing me.”
An uncomfortable silence settles on the table. Deji picks his phone and sends Eddie a message.
Every year, the Bible Society of Nigeria organises an essay for the members of the National Youth Service Corps. The contest seeks to encourage corp members to lend their voices in “analysing and proffering solutions to some of the socio-economic and political challenges in Nigeria using both biblical and intellectual approaches“.
This year, the title of the contest was, ‘INCORRUPTIBLE JUDICIARY AS A CATALYST FOR AN EQUITABLE AND PROGRESSIVE SOCIETY’.
The winner of this year’s contest, Alabi Rejoice Oluwadamilare, is willing to share the winning essay with us. It is an engaging piece and will definitely be worth your while.
For those who think that “all lawyers are liars”, Rejoice admonishes us to think again. In his words,
“…The demonization of the legal profession is in the writer’s opinion partly responsible for the judicial rut this nation is in. By directly and indirectly peddling the misconception that “no Christian can truly be a lawyer”, we sow the seeds of indifference in the young men and women who God intends to be judicial reformers. Since it is only lawyers that become judges and man the entire judiciary, the implication is that the life of Christ and the spirit of true incorruptible justice would continue to elude our judicial system until Christians take the gauntlet and build a new legal profession and by extension, a judiciary anchored on Christ. This writer therefore recommends that more and more of our young people are encouraged to take up the place of God on earth as administrators of justice. We cannot sit back idly and believe that ungodly men whose foundations are laid on faulty principles of selfishness, cronyism and other sharp practices will correct the anomaly of corruption in the judicial system...”