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Joint tax board extends deadline for vehicle registration to 2014

By The Citizen

The Joint Tax Board (JTB) has extended the deadline for vehicle registration and obtainment of new number plates till June 30, 2014.

The Chairman of the Ekiti State Internal Revenue Service, Mr Ishola Akingbade, told newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday that the gesture was in response to the clamour for extension by Nigerians.

Akingbade noted that the extension would serve as relief to many motorists, adding that it would also enable them to obtain their vehicles number plate with ease.

He urged the people to get prepared and avail themselves of the opportunity to update their vehicle registration and obtain the new number plates.

He said the advice had become necessary in view of the fact that there would be no further extension since JTB had shifted the expiry date twice.

The chairman appealed to members of the public to personally visit the headquarters of the service in Ado-Ekiti or its branches across the state for the exercise to avoid being caught in the web of fraudsters. ##

The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has urged Nigerians to brace up for a partial solar eclipse of the sun, moon and the earth on Nov. 3.

Prof. Seidu Mohammed, the Director General of the agency, told a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday that the announcement was to caution Nigerians against panic on the day.

'These things are natural phenomena. Nigerian should not be afraid; the agency has responsibility to the nation, hence the reason for the early warning signal,' he said.

Mohammed said the eclipse would not affect the airspace, adding that neither should Nigerians think that the world would come to an end that day.

The D-G said the agency would provide sun glasses to some Nigerians, adding that children and some selected persons would benefit from the glasses.

He said the entire Africa would be affected by the partial eclipse but that some parts of the world would witness total eclipse.

Seidu called on Nigerian to go about their normal business, adding that the day would be like any other day.

He said that partial eclipses rarely happened but that it would again happen in April 2014, March 2015 and September 2016.

Prof. Fidelis Opara, the Director of the Centre for Basic Space Science, said that different parts of the country would witness the eclipse at different times of the day.

He said that Abuja would witness it at 1:00p.m, Lagos, 12:30 p.m., Kano 1:07 p.m., and Enugu 1:04 p.m.

He advised Nigerians to wear sun glasses at that point in time to protect their eyes from any damage by the effect of the eclipse.