Oyo State government has made a U-turn on the recent report in the media about an improvement of the IGR from N1.3billion to N2.7billion in October . The government also said this was contrary to its stance.
It further reinstated its focus at attaining N4billion monthly internally-generated revenue by the year 2020.
The Chairman, Oyo State Internal Revenue Service (OYSIRS), Aremo John Adeleke said this on Wednesday when newsmen visited his office in Ibadan on updates about the issue.
He said the State has set its target a minimum monthly collection of N2billion irrespective of situations that might affect the monthly income despite that it inherited a record of N1.7billion monthly income from its predecessor.
“Oyo State Government is determined to engage in a sustained effort to improve its internally generated revenue from a revenue level averaging about N1.7 billion per month at the time of inception of this new government, the present administration in the short-term, has set its target at a minimum monthly collection of ₦2 billion irrespective of the vagaries and gyrations of the various sub-segments of the state revenue component.
“We want to repeat that the N2billion threshold which is the immediate minimum IGR which we hope for through the Oyo State Internal Revenue Service, continued to be attainable, every month, we will continue to work for increases beyond the threshold until the goal of doubling the IGR of the State to achieve a band of ₦4 billion is attained by December 2020.
“At this point, the State will not indulge in any random celebration of any particular month’s IGR figure because our best is yet to come, even when we cross the ₦4 billion mark in the months to come, this will immediately become another benchmark for higher and stronger IGR performance. We continue to draw appropriate lessons and inferences when our IGR is on the right trajectory in any month. On the other hand we put in measures and constantly revise our strategies in months when we expect to do better.
“We refuse statements in the press putting our IGR as #2.7 billion for the month of October and the IGR inherited by this administration as #1.3 billion. Nevertheless, we are not out to celebrate any specific figure of IGR attached to any month until we have achieved progressive and consistently satisfactory revenue over a sustained period.
“Running along with our strategies of more effective and leak-proof collection, a well enhanced manpower equipped with the right skills, determination to exploit the richness of our informal sector, embrace of the right IT Solution for improvement of specific areas of collection, conscientious and result-driven leadership in the Board and the Ministry of Finance, the good governance and visionary leadership of our leader, Governor Seyi Makinde, Oyo State is poised to positively increase its IGR collection within the shortest possible time under this government. This is what we are working for. This is what we will achieve.”
The State Commissioner for Information, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun had earlier hinted that the State was working towards achieving the N4billion monthly IGR benchmark while the State had put in place what it called a strategic revamp of the revenue generation machine to achieve the feat.
But, the state government in a statement signed by the same Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Olatunbosun on Friday (18th October , 2019 at exactly 10:54 AM said it has set a target of hitting 20 billion naira monthly internally-generated revenue (IGR) before the end of the governor Seyi Makinde’s first term in office.
The State’s IGR, as contained in the statement was reported to be between N2billion and N2.5billion during the tenure of the former governor, Abiola Ajimobi.
The Commissioner stated this at a One Day Workshop for the State media officers which held at the Film Theater of the Ministry on Wednesday.
Ajimobi lived a fulfilled life – Sheik Bello
• Family frowns at continued politicization of late governor’s death, burial
Immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has been described as a once in a lifetime leader who only comes around in a generation.
This was the verdict of Sheik Muideen Bello who delivered the sermon at the 8th day fidau prayers for the former Governor.
Sheik Bello said Ajimobi died a fulfilled man after having achieved all God wanted him to achieve.
“ When Senator Isiaq Ajimobi entered Baitul -L- Atik, he asked God to let him see 70 years because no one in his lineage had seen it. He asked God to make him the first Governor to serve two terms in Oyo state. He also asked God to grant him mercy to build a befitting mosque for HIM. God granted all his requests. He died a fulfilled man”, the preacher said.
According to Sheik Bello, an individual like Ajimobi was a special creation of the Almighty Allah and a leader like him will not come around for another 50 years.“ He was a special being, we can never have a Governor like him in Oyo state who had done so well until the next 50 years”.
The scholar who was accompanied by other notable Islamic scholars and clerics in leading series of prayers for the repose of the soul of the deceased recounted the various encounters he had with the Governor and where he (Ajimobi) had emphasised how he longed to break the family jinx of living beyond 70 years.
“Many times, he didn’t hide his secret prayers of how we wanted to live for 70 years because his father had died before the age of 70.”
The cleric also condemned people for only coming out to sing the praises of the deceased Governor after his death said such hypocrisy will attract judgement and punishment from the Almighty Allah. The fidau prayers which started shortly before 11 am was strictly a family affair in line with the Covid-19 protocols as laid down by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). There were less than 30 people at the ceremony which included Dr (Mrs) Florence Ajimobi, wife of the late Deputy National Chairman (South), the All Progressives Congress (APC), the children and extended family members.
Sheik Bello further enjoined those present at the event to be prayerful at all times in order to live a good and fulfilled life like Senator Ajimobi did.
Before the event ended, special prayers were offered for the protection of the family, Oyo state and Nigeria as well as prayers for the departed former Governor.
Meanwhile, the family has reacted to the issue of the inability of the Deputy Governor not having access to the venue.
In a statement signed by Bolaji Tunji, Special Adviser on Media to Senator Ajimobi, the family of the former Governor were not aware of the incident with the Deputy Governor, just as they frowned at the continued politicization of the death and burial of their husband, father and grandfather.
“In view of the disinformation going about concerning the inability of the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan’s inability to gain access to the venue of the 8th day Fidau prayers for HE, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
“We want to state clearly that the event was announced as strictly a family affair. However, some dignitaries arrived for the event prior to the commencement of the prayers and were permitted entry and because they were not family, they were taken to a sitting room specially prepared for that purpose.
” There was a need to comply with the Covid-19 protocol as established by NCDC – Social distancing, not more than 30 people in a place and seats arranged, accordingly.
“Once we reached capacity, the gate was locked in order to reduce the continued presence of people at the event.
” No one was aware that the Deputy Governor was coming as neither the advance team nor the protocol informed us.
“The Deputy Governor arrived after the prayers had started and once the family was informed they proceeded to the gate in order to usher in the Deputy Governor.
“By the time we got to the gate to usher him into the sitting room, he had left. Everything happened within a few minutes.
“Through a serving Senator and a former Attorney General we tried to get in touch with him that it was not to slight him and he could sit in a private sitting room provided by the family. Unfortunately, he had left.
“There was no attempt to disturb or detain the DSS details of the Deputy Governor. From information available, they did not park within the same area as the Deputy Governor and had to do a catch up in order to meet the deputy Governor ‘s convoy that had already left”, the statement explained.
Group congratulates ex-Oyo commissioner, Olowofela on new appointment
A socio-political group under the aegis of Tinubu Legacy Forum (TLF) has felicitated with the former Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in Oyo state, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela over his appointment as member, Federal Character Commission (FCC).
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Thursday swore in Professor Olowofela and other board members of the commission in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The group in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Hamzat Olalekan on Friday and made available to Mega Icon Magazine, noted that Olowofela’s optimism, intellect, humility, loyalty, perseverance and political consistency paved way for this appointment; urging him to keep the good personality on strive.
“Following the Senate approval of Prof. Olowofela’s appointment and 36 others’ appointments to the Federal Character Commission (FCC), the entire membership of Tinubu Legacy Forum (TLF), nationwide and diaspora under the BOT Chairman, Alhaji Ganiyu Akeem felicitates and rejoice with him as he was sworn-in yesterday, 2nd July, 2020 alongside other members by the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We believe your optimism, intellect, humility, loyalty, perseverance and political consistency paved way for this appointment; keep the good personality on strive and the sky wouldn’t be your limit.
“Accept our heart-warming congratulations, may God Almighty guide, protect and see you through to the next level”, the statement reads.
The ex- Ido Local Government gaffer would be representing Oyo state at the Federal Character Commission (FCC).
Ajimobi will be missed’, Makinde condoles with late governor’s family
The Oyo state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has stated that his predecessor, late Governor Abiola Ajimobi would forever be missed by all and sundry.
Governor Makinde in a condolence letter dated 29th June, 2020, entitled “Letter of Condolence” stressed that late Governor Ajimobi lived a life of service to humanity and has contributed immensely to the socio-economic development of Oyo State in particular and Nigeria in general, saying, “I have no doubt he will be missed by all and sundry”.
It would be recalled that the former governor was reportedly died of complications from Coronavirus on Thursday June 25 at the First Cardiology Hospital, Ikoyi, Lagos and his remains were laid to rest at his , Oluyole residence on Sunday June 28, 2020.
According to the letter which was personally signed by Governor Makinde on behalf of the government and good people of Oyo State, also commiserated with the family over the shocking demise of Ajimobi.
The letter which was received and acknowledged on Saturday, (04/07/2020) by the bereaved family reads in part, “our consolation however, is that Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has brought his rich wealth of experience for the transformation of the state.
“As we mourn his passage, let us take solace in the righteous life he lived and his legacies which we shall fondly remember. May God Almighty give members of the family, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss”, the governor submitted.
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