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Oyo govt. makes U-turn, disclaims N2.7billion October IGR figure

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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.

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“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.”

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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.

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Nigerian physician, Funsho named one of TIME’s most influential people in the world

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TIME named Nigerian physician, Dr. Tunji Funsho to the 2020 TIME100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The list, now in its seventeenth year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.

Dr. Funsho, a cardiologist based in Lagos, Nigeria, is the first Rotary member to receive this honor for the organization’s work to eradicate polio, having played an essential role in ensuring Africa’s certification as wild polio-free in August of 2020.

“I’m honored to be recognized by TIME for my part in ensuring that no child in Africa will ever again be paralyzed by wild polio, a disease that once disabled 75,000 African children every single year,” said Dr. Funsho. “Eradicating the wild poliovirus in Africa was a team effort that required the cooperation and dedication of governments, partners, Rotary members, hundreds of thousands of health workers, and countless parents who chose to have their children vaccinated against polio.”

As the leader of Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee, Funsho has worked alongside Rotary members throughout the country to raise awareness about the importance of polio immunization, encouraged governments and public figures to support polio eradication, and served as a vocal leader and advocate for Rotary’s fight to end polio in Africa.

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Dr. Funsho works closely with Rotary’s partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI): the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. As a member of Nigeria’s Presidential Task Force on Polio, he has coordinated immunization and advocacy campaigns with the Minister of State for Health and the Inter-Agency Coordination Committee for Polio Eradication. He has also worked closely with the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, the Dangote Foundation, the Traditional Leaders Council and the Federation of Muslim Women’s Association of Nigeria.

In August 2019, Nigeria reached three years without a case of wild poliovirus. Nigeria’s progress, led by Rotary, its GPEI partners and local and national governments, was the result of decades of sustained efforts, including domestic and international financing, the commitment of hundreds of thousands of health workers, and innovative strategies to immunize children who previously couldn’t be reached due to insecurity in the country’s northern states.

On 25 August, the African region was certified wild polio-free. This historic announcement means that five of the WHO’s six regions, representing more than 90 percent of the world’s population, are now free of the wild poliovirus. The virus is now endemic in just two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Rotary’s nearly 32,000 members in Africa have played a critical role in helping the region achieve its wild polio-free status by holding events to raise funds and awareness for polio, and working with world governments and national and local leaders to secure funding and support for polio eradication.

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Lagos govt. approves full reopening of churches, mosques

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The Lagos state government on Saturday approved the full reopening of worship centres in the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who announced this during a briefing in the state said churches are now allowed to observe their mid-week services, while the mosques are also allowed to carry out their five times a day prayer routine, with strict compliance to COVID-19 safety protocols.

“We must not forget that the coronavirus pandemic is still very much with us, and we must, therefore, strive to prioritize the safety of all our children, teachers, parents, and the entire society,” the governor said.

Before now, the state had allowed for a gradual re-opening of places of worship as lockdowns eased.

With the full re-opening now, the governor has urged Lagosians to continue to act responsibly and maintain the required levels of hygiene.

Some other parts of the world have witnessed a resurgence of COVID-19 infections and rising possibilities of “hard lockdowns”, which according to Governor Sanwo-Olu may become inevitable for Nigerians if caution is not applied.

“Let me make it clear that if we do not continue to maintain our guard, and sustain the adherence to all required protocols and guidelines, we will find ourselves in a situation where fresh lockdowns are inevitable,” he warned.

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“The only way to avoid this is to continue to act responsibly: maintain the required levels of hygiene, through regular handwashing and use of sanitizers, wear masks in all public places, avoid non-essential public gatherings, and maintain the prescribed levels of physical distancing at all times”.

The total infections in the country have now risen to 56,956, with 48,305 patients recovered and 1,094 deaths recorded.

At the onset of the virus in Nigeria, Lagos became the epicenter, gapping other states with its case load despite frantic efforts to curb the spread.

However, in recent times, other states such as Plateau have started to witness a surge with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 stating that it might become the new epicenter in the country.

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Photos: Oyo deputy gov. donates patrol motorcycles to security operatives

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The deputy governor of Oyo state, Engr. Raufu Olaniyan on Friday made a personal donation of patrol motorcycles to security operatives in Oke Ogun area of the state to boost their role of ensuring the safety of lives and properties.

Speaking at the event, Olaniyan noted  that Security is one of the cardinal objectives of the present administration headed by Governor Seyi Makinde, adding that the government has invested massively to provide facilities and equipment for security operatives in the state to perform their roles.

Speaking further, the deputy governor remarked that ” In the light of the security challenges in the country, it is imperative that we support the government in tackling this malady. It was therefore a delight for me to donate patrol motorcycles, from my purse, to the various security outfits operating in the Oke Ogun area of our state.”

He stressed that security matters should be the responsibility of all and not the government alone.

Olaniyan, however , urged well meaning individuals and lovers of peace to support the government in creating a safe and conducive environment for growth.

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