December 04: Five Things You May Have Missed Over The Weekend
By Olamide Fadoju
CBN reduces ATM withdrawal fee from N65 to N35
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed banks to reduce ATM withdrawal charges in a separate bank’s machine to N35 after the third withdrawal in the same month.
This directive was given amongst others in the new guidelines for banks, other financial, and non-bank financial institutions released by the apex bank on Sunday, December 22, 2019, in Abuja.
Bank Director, Corporate Communications Department, CBN, Mr. Isaac Okorafor said the new guidelines which will take effect from Wednesday, January 1, 2020 was adopted to make financial services more accessible and affordable to stakeholders in the economy.
Mr Okorofar while addressing newsmen also explained that another major decision included in the new guidelines is the elimination of Card Maintenance Fee (CAMF) on all cards linked to current accounts.
Also, upon expiry of existing cards, customers will now pay the same one-off charge of N1,000 regardless of card type and no charge should be required for pre-paid card loading or unloading.
Nigeria, USA to Hold Talks over Special Watch List
The Presidency has revealed it will hold talks with the United States to discuss Nigeria’s recent inclusion on the Special Watch List (SWL) of countries that engage in severe religious persecution.
Nigeria was one of the countries added to the SWL by the United States on Friday, December 20, 2019.
However, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu said there would be a meeting to discuss Nigeria's inclusion on the SWL next year.
According to Shehu, Nigeria’s appearance on the list carries no immediate consequences. Pleading Nigeria’s innocence, the SSA said the freedom of worship for all citizens is enshrined in the 1999 Nigerian constitution.
“The correct U.S. government position is that the addition of Nigeria to the watch list of the IRF does not make Nigeria a country of concern on religious freedom.
The watch list carries no immediate implication, except for the need for both countries to discuss areas of concern over the next year. We are looking forward to such discussions with our partners, the U.S.’’
“We have no policy that promotes one religion against the other.
“The right to freedom is guaranteed by the constitution and we have no problem observing that,’’ he said.
LASG to Shut down Non-Compliant Events
The Lagos state government says it will shut down any event in the state that holds without a safety compliance certificate.
This follows the chaos that took place when a VIP platform collapsed and led to multiple injuries at #NativeLand19 concert held on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at the Muri Okunola park In Victoria Island area of Lagos.
The concert organizers have since apologized.
From the Founders of The NATIVE pic.twitter.com/HYPfWjaCif— The NATIVE (@NativeMag) December 20, 2019
Regardless, Lanre Mojola, DG/CEO, Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC) in a press statement made available to Pulse expressed sympathy with concert-goers who sustained injuries adding that the unfortunate incident will be investigated.
“The Lagos Safety Commission also expressed "sympathy with everyone who was injured, lost properties and had their enjoyment disrupted at the NativeLand19 concert. The Commission has commenced a full investigation and we will be reaching out to all parties involved.
"We would like to reiterate zero tolerance for event organizers, show promoters and venue owners who disregard health and safety measures at the detriment of the general public. In line with the Lagos State Safety Commission Act, all events must be brought to the attention of the commission before the date of the event and events without Safety Compliance certificates will be shut down.
"Kindly report all safety infractions noticed to the Lagos State Safety Commission at Block 18b 2nd & 3rd Floor Secretariat, Alausa.
Liverpool are World Champions
Roberto Firmino scored an extra-time winner to help Liverpool lift it’s first FIFA Club World Cup trophy, defeating Flamengo 1-0 in a nail-biting encounter in Doha, Qatar.
Liverpool win avenges their 3-0 defeat to the Brazilians in the 1981 Intercontinental Cup to be crowned the best team on the planet.
Firmino should have put Liverpool ahead in the first minute but missed a golden chance when he failed to apply the finishing touch to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s through ball.
The rest of the game saw entertaining football with both sides coming close in normal time. Firmino, hit the inside of the post in the second half while Gabigol also drew a smart save from Alisson but neither side could find a goal in normal time.
However, with penalties looming in extra time, Firmino finally broke the deadlock. Sadio Mane released by Henderson cut the ball across for his Brazilian teammate to cooly finish.
Ighalo Misses out on CAF Final Shortlist
Ex-Super Eagles striker has been dropped from the final shortlist of the CAF 2019 African Player of the year.
CAF on Sunday revealed the final shortlist for various categories naming Premier League trio Egypt's Mohamed Salah, Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Algeria's Riyad Mahrez as the finalists for the top award.
The trio had outstanding performances for both club and country in the year under review with Salah and Mane finishing joint top scorers on the EPL chart while Mahrez helped his club Man city win the domestic treble.
On the bright side for Nigeria, Lille talisman Victor Osimhen and Villareal forward Samuel Chukwueze are up For the Youth Player of the Year with Borussia Dortmund full-back Achraf Hakimi the other player on the list.
🚨 And then there are 3⃣!— CAF (@CAF_Online) December 22, 2019
🇪🇬 @MoSalah@LFC - @Pharaohs
🇩🇿 @Mahrez22@ManCity - @LesVerts
🇸🇳 Sadio Mané @LFC - @FootballSenegal
Who will be crowned the best in Africa on the 7th of January In Hurghada? 👑 pic.twitter.com/mc7o47Bk1j