On this edition of Channels Book Club, we reviewed two important books by two fascinating Nigerian authors – one is a retired major who tells his version of a high profile murder and the other is a young lawyer who is on a mission to educate and empower Nigerians; on matters of the law and the constitution.
In 1986, one of Nigeria’s leading journalists, Dele Giwa, was killed with a letter bomb. The murder case still remains unresolved till now. Major Debo Bashorun (Rtd) who was one of the core members of the administration of the day published out with a book revealing all that he knows about the murder.
The book is titled, ‘Honour For Sale’.
The good thing about books like ‘Honor For Sale’ is that they can spur others on to write their own sides of the same story and we, the readers, can compare and contrast the narratives. This can help us to get closer to the truth.
Channels Book Club Features Author On A Legal Mission, Adekunle Osibogun
Also, one of Nigeria’s emerging young leaders, Adekunle Osibogun who is a legal practitioner & arbritator, is on a mission to educate Nigerians on matters of the law and the Nigerian constitution with the aim of developing an enlightened citizenry.
Adekunle has written a book to that effect titled, ‘The Citizen’s Book On Governance’. He joined us to discuss this important work.
On this episode of the Channels Book Club, analysts; Eghosa Imasuen and Robert Lawson discuss the potential effect of a new federal government policy that has imposed fresh tariffs on book importation in Nigeria and a few other issues around the subject. The new policy sparked debates and protests amongst people within Nigeria’s publishing, education and book sectors.
The policy has led to the imposition of over 50% tariffs on importation of books into Nigeria. Here is what the numbers now read for importers of books: import duty: 20%; Surcharge: 7%; ciss: 0.5%; levy: 30% and vat: 5%; all totalling 58%.
Prior to this policy, certain books were tariff free, so to speak. Academic and religious books for instance, fell into that category. With the new policy, all books imported now attract duties and levies.
From the government’s perspective this new policy forms part of its fiscal policy measures designed to encourage self-sufficiency in local industry based on recommendations by relevant stakeholders in different sectors of the economy after extensive consultations. According to the government, this will encourage local printers.
Critics of this new policy have hit back at the government claiming that the policy will drive the costs of books up at least in the medium term, lower the quality of books available in the market, stifle the publishing sector, encourage piracy and generally set the effort to develop a strong book culture back by many years. Some publishers already have containers of books stuck at the ports due to this new policy.