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How The Niger Deltans Can Get Their Freedom: The Action Plan! Part 8

(133) What is the position of the federal government on the use of off-shore taxation by foreign companies?
(a) Total indifference? (b) Neutral? (c) No position at all? (d) In favour? (e) Officially against but not doing anything to put a stop to it? (f) Totally against and doing everything possible to put an end to it?

(134) If no, why doesn’t a position or law exist?

(135) If yes, when was this law first introduced?

(136) Does a body or committee, specially set up by the government, to enforce this law exist?

(137) If no, why doesn’t it exist?

(138) If yes, how effective is this body in ensuring that this law is enforced?

(139) Does any penalty exist for companies that violate this law?

(140) If no, why doesn’t a penalty exist?

(141) If yes, what kind of penalty exist?

(142) Which companies, and their overall percentage, have been penalised so far for violating this law? When and how were they penalised?

(143) How many billions of dollars has the federal government lost due to the use of offshore taxation by foreign companies?

(144) What is the general position of the federal government on environmental pollution: a) Completely indifferent? b) Pretends to care; talks about it from time to time but does very little or absolutely nothing to enforce it and punish offenders? c) No position at all? d) Very strict, uncompromising, has declared war against violators?

(145) Does the federal government have any concrete environmental law that prohibits, or makes it a criminal offence for oil companies to pollute the environment?

(146) If no, why doesn’t one exist?

(147) If yes, when was it first introduced?

(148) Does any governmental body specially set up to enforce this rule and punish offenders exist?

(149) If no, why doesn’t it exist?

(150) If yes, how effective is it?

(151) What kind of penalty or punishment exist for violators? a) Huge Monetary Fine? b) Withdrawal of license?
c) Cancelling of contract? d) Imprisonment? e) All of the above? f) Other forms not stated here?

(152) If no, why doesn’t one exist?

(153) If yes, which companies, and their overall percentage, have been punished so far? How and when were they punished? When and how were they penalised?

(154) Does the federal government have any policy that compels all companies, including the NNPC, to pay their staff adequate pension regularly on reaching pension age?

(155) If no, why doesn’t such a policy exist?

(156) If yes, when was it first introduced?

(157) Does any governmental body specially set up to enforce this rule and punish offenders exist?

(158) If no, why doesn’t it exist?

(159) If yes, how effective is it?

(160) What kind of penalty or punishment exist for violators?

(161) If no, why doesn’t one exist?

(162) If yes, which companies, and their total percentage, have been punished so far? How and when were they punished?

(163) Does the federal government have any policy/program that ensures that Nigerians who are sent abroad on scholarships to study oil, gas and related specialities return back to Nigeria to work with their specialities?

(164) If no, why doesn’t one exist?

(165) If yes, when was it first introduced?

(166) Does any governmental body specially set up to enforce this policy exist?

(167) If no, why doesn’t it exist?

(168) If yes, how effective is it?

(169) What is the percentage of Nigerians sent abroad on scholarship to study have returned back home, through the assistance of the federal government or this program, and are gainfully employed in their respective fields?

(170) What kind of taxing systems are used mainly by foreign oil companies?

(171) Is this taxing systems favourable mainly to foreign companies and also make Nigerian companies in the oil and gas business to be uncompetitive vis-a-vis their foreign counterparts?

(172) Does the federal government have a body specially set up to ensure that all oil companies, without any exception, pay all their taxes on time?

(173) If yes, how effective is it?

(174) What kind of penalty or punishment exist for violators? a) Huge Monetary Fine? b) Withdrawal of license? c) Cancelling of contract? d) Imprisonment? e) All of the above? f) Other forms of punishment not stated here?

(175) Which companies, and their total percentage, have been punished so far? How and when were they punished? When and how were they penalised?

(176) Does the federal government have a rule/policy, like many developed countries, that makes it mandatory for all foreigners, without any exception, to obtain work permits before coming to Nigeria to work?

(177) If no, why doesn’t one exist?

(178) If yes, when was it first introduced?

(179) Does any governmental body specially set up to enforce this policy exist?

(180) If no, why doesn’t it exist?

(181) If yes, how effective is it?

(182) What penalty exist for violators?

(183) How many foreigners – and their overall percentage compared to all foreigners – presently have work permits to work in the N.D.?

(184) How many foreigners – and their overall percentage compared to all foreigners presently working in the N.D. or/and oil and gas business – have been prosecuted for not having work permits? How were they penalised?

(185) How many foreign companies – and their overall percentage compared to all foreign companies – have been penalised for recruiting foreign nationals without work permits? When and how were they penalised?

(186) Does the federal government have a policy that makes it mandatory for all foreigners to undergo medical test that testify that they are free of HIV or any other contagious and life-threatening diseases before being issued Nigerian visas or work permits?

(187) If no, why doesn’t it exist?

(188) When was it first introduced?

(189) Does the federal government have a body that ensures that foreigners with HIV or any other contagious and life threatening diseases are isolated from the locals?

(190) If no, why doesn’t such a body exist?

(191) If yes, when was it first introduced?

(192) How effective is this body?

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