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Ogun revenue service generates N45.8bn in 10 months 




Ogun revenue service generates N45.8bn in 10 months


By Abiodun Lawal

Abeokuta,  Dec.  18, 2018 (NNN) Mr Adekunle Adeosun, Chairman,  Ogun Internal Revenue Service (OGIRS), on Tuesday said that the agency generated over N45.8billion revenue to the coffers of the state government between January and October.

Adeosun disclosed this while defending the 2019 budget proposal of the agency before the members of House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, at the assembly complex,  Abeokuta.

The chairman said that the revenue was generated from personal,  road,  capital gain,  withholding and investigation taxes as well as direct assessment, drivers licence,  stamp duty and development levies among others.

He said that the OGIRS had budgeted the sum of N5.5billion as total expenditure for next year, with N5billion going for recurrent expenditure and N500million  for capital expenditure.

The OGIRS boss said that the agency hoped to generate over N95billion as revenue in 2019.

He said that the agency also proposed the sum of N247.4million for the construction and provision of office buildings as part of its capital project for 2019.

“The agency will explore the tax potentials of the unorganised sector of the economy for the purpose of achieving voluntary tax compliance to support government’s quest to grow its internally generated revenue, ” Adeosun said.

Mr Victor Fasanya,  House Committee Chairman on Finance and Appropriation,  commended the agency on its revenue drive.

He urged the agency to improve on the drive and ensure it blocked all revenue leakages.

Fasanya enjoined the OGIRS to improve on its relationship with the lawmakers for the general growth of the state. (NNN)

Edited by Chidi Opara/Oluwole Sogunle

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Legislative, Judiciary Funds bills will promote democratic ideals – Ogun lawmakers 



Ogun lawmakers on Thursday said that the bills on Legislative and Judiciary Funds Management remained veritable legislations aimed at promoting democratic ideals, self-independence and accountability.

The lawmakers took turns to lend their voice in support of the bills during the second reading at plenary in Abeokuta.

They unanimously noted that the passage of the bills was essential to the successful take-off of the Executive Order 10 issued by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

The bills include a bill for a law to make provision for the Ogun State House of Assembly Legislative Funds Management and other matters connected therewith.

There is also a bill for a law to make provision for the Ogun State Judiciary Funds Management and other matters connected therewith.

Mr Solomon Osho (APC-Remo North) explained that the bills were aimed at promoting separation of powers among the three arms of government.

Osho, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Justice and Public Petitions, noted that the bills were also aimed at strengthening the judiciary and legislature in the discharge of their respective duties.

Mr Abayomi Fasuwa (APC-Ijebu North East) and Kemi Oduwole (APC-Ijebu Ode) said that the implementation of the bills would make the state retained her leading position in the comity of states in the nation.

They said that the bills would improve the activities of the legislative and judiciary arms, with a view to achieving efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of quality service to the people.

Other lawmakers commended President Buhari for the issuance of the Executive Order 10, which they noted would reposition the system of governance in the nation.

The lawmakers added that the two bills would speed up the financial autonomy of the two arms of government and curb undue interference to bring about efficiency in the principle of check and balances through unhindered oversight function.

The Speaker, Mr Olakunle Oluomo (APC-Ifo1), noted that the bills which remained instrumental to the implementation of the Executive Order would rather promote harmonious relationship among the three arms of government as spelt out in the constitution.

Oluomo gave an assurance that the bill would bring about rapid development of the state’s economy, while putting the state in its pride of place among the progressive states in the country.

He, however, committed the bills to the Committee on Rules and Businesses for further legislative actions.

The Assembly, also passed a resolution calling on the state government to compel all companies and corporate organisations operating in the state to effect not less than 30 per cent local content in all categories of their staff composition.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)


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N3.9bn Light project: Kwara Legislature demands prosecution of Ahmed, Ogunshola



The Kwara  House of Assembly on Thursday urged the State Government to hand over suspects in connection with the failed N3.9 billion Kwara Light project contract.

The lawmakers specifically demanded for the prosecution of a former governor of the state, Abdulfatah Ahmed, and former Director General of Kwara Public Private Partnership (KP3), Abayomi Ogunshola, by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC)
over alleged improper execution of the project.

The News  Agency of Nigeria recalls that the N3.9 billion electrification project was awarded in 2015 by former governor AbdulFatah Ahmed to provide illumination on some major streets in llorin metropolis and other parts of the state.

The House made the demand at plenary on Thursday in Ilorin after adopting the report of its ad-hoc committee investigating the execution of the ptoject.

The Chairman of the Committee, Mr Abolarin Gabriel, while presenting the report, informed his coleagues that the project was not properly executed in line with specification.

The Speaker, while reading the resolution of the House after deliberation and adoption of the report, said it has become imperative to prosecute the former governor and Ogunshola who jointly undertook to execute the project.

The Assembly also want repeal of the state Public Private Partnership law to curb corruption and other sharp practices in award of contracts in the state.

Besides, it called for a review of the terms and conditions of the Light Up Kwara Project.

The resolition urged the stste government to compel the two contractors handling the project to complete it according  to specifications across the state.

The House called for transfer all activities of the project to the state Ministry of Energy for proper execution.

The speaker flayed the sidelining the ministry of energy in the award of the project, describing it as unacceptable.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Ogun assembly passes mortgages bill



The Ogun House of Assembly on Thursday passed the bill establishing the Ogun Mortgages and Foreclosure Authority to regulate mortgages in the state.

Mr Damilola Soneye, the Chairman, House Committee on Lands and Housing, presented the committee’s report to the Assembly during plenary in Abeokuta.

Soneye (APC -Obafemi Owode) moved the motion for the adoption of the report and this was seconded by Wahab Haruna (ADC -Yewa North 11).

Mr Yusuf Sherif, the Majority Leader, moved the motion for the third reading of the bill and it was seconded by the Deputy Speaker, Dare Kadiri.

Mr Deji Adeyemo, the Clerk of the House, read the bill for the third time before the members of the assembly.

The Speaker of the House, Olakunle Oluomo, thereafter ordered that a clean copy of the bill be forwarded to Gov. Dapo Abiodun for his assent.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview on the importance of the bill, Soneye explained that the law would regulate mortgage banking and related businesses in the state.

The lawmaker said that the mortgage institutions would be better empowered to meet the demands of modern day housing development.

“The law will allow for proper mode of operations in managing our mortgages and foreclosure and ensuring the management of the expanding mortgage industry in the state,” he said.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Mufutau Ojo (NAN)

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Ogun Assembly passes Health Insurance bill, another into law 



The Ogun House of Assembly on Thursday passed into law a bill to amend the state Health Insurance Scheme.

Mr Adegoke Adeyanju (ADC -Yewa North 1) and Chairman, House Committee on Health, read the committee’s report on the bill during plenary in Abeokuta.

Adeyanju moved the motion for the adoption of the report, which was seconded by Mrs Atinuke Bello (APC-Odogbolu), who is also the Chief Whip of the house.

Mr Yusuf Sherif (APC-Ado Odo Ota 1), the Majority Leader, moved the motion for the third reading of the bill which was seconded by Ganiyu Oyedeji (APM-Ifo 11), the Minority Leader.

The Clerk of the House, Mr Adedeji Adeyemo, read the bill for the third time before the members.

Also during plenary,  the assembly passed into law a bill to prescribe approval of regulation by resolution of the Ogun House of Assembly and for connected purposes.

Mrs Modupe Mujota (APM-Abeokuta North) presented the committee report on the bill.

Mujota also moved the motion for the adoption of the report which was seconded by Abayomi Fasuwa (APC-Ijebu North East).

Sherif thereafter moved the motion for the third reading of the bill, which was seconded by Sola Adams (APC-Ijebu East).

Adeyemo, the clerk of the House, also read the bill for the third time for adoption by members.

Consequently, Mr Olakunle Oluomo (APC-Ifo1), the Speaker, ordered that the clean copies of the two bills be forwarded to Gov. Dapo Abiodun for his assent.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Lockdown ease: FRSC records 81 accidents, 40 deaths in Lagos, Ogun



The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), says it recorded 81 road accidents with 46 deaths in Ogun and Lagos States between COVID-19 lockdown ease between May 4 and May 31.

Mr Samuel Obayemi, FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer in-charge of the two states, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos.

Obayemi, an Assistant Corps Marshal, said that the crashes occurred in the four weeks of the Presidential lockdown ease in Lagos and Ogun.

“An analysis of the data of the Enforcement Operation carried out so far in the zone showed that we have a total of 81 road traffic crashes with only 24 fatal where 46 lives were lost.

“Forty-three of the crashes were serious which injured 154 people, while 14 were minor accidents,” he said.

According to him, the total vehicles stopped and returned to their originating places within the period were 2,872 while enforcing the Federal Government ban on inter-state travels.

The FRSC boss said that the zone arrested 770 vehicles for overloading as the most prevalent offence.

Obayemi, who urged motorists to drive with care, said that the lockdown ease should not be another death sentence to road users.

“As the flow of vehicles along major highways in the zone increases, road users should be conscious of safety and be very careful.

“This is important so that as they run away from Coronavirus, they won’t be killed through careless and reckless driving on the road.

“Many of these road traffic crashes recorded are avoidable,” he said.

President Buhari had on April 27, announced a “gradual easing” of COVID-19 lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, from May 4.

NAN reports that FRSC had recorded 57 road crashes with 20 deaths in Ogun and Lagos States in four weeks of COVID-19 lockdown.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)

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4 men in court over alleged cultism, breach of peace in Ogun



Four men on Wednesday appeared in a Magistrates’ Court in Ota, Ogun State over alleged cultism and breach of peace.

The police charged Akeem Ishola, 29, Afeez Lawal,31, Mutiu Tijani,20, and Oluwole Emmanuel,22 whose addresses were not provided with two counts of  conspiracy and membership of an unlawful society.

The prosecution counsel, Insp. Abdulkareem Mustapha, told the court that the defendants and others at large, committed the offence on May 12 at about 7.35 p.m. at the Oando Gasline, Ijoko in Ota.

Mustapha alleged that the defendants and their accomplices belonged to a secret cult called, “Eiye Confraternity”.

He alleged that the defendants conducted themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by creating fear in the minds of the public.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 63 and 516, of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun, 2006.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Senior Magistrate S.O. Banwo admitted the defendants t bail in the sum of N150, 000 beach with two sureties each in like sum.

Banwo ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and should be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment to Ogun government.

The magistrate adjourned the case until June 22 for trial.

Edited By: Joseph Edeh/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Ogun Assembly passes 2 bills as Legislative, Judiciary Funds bills scale first reading 



Ogun House of Assembly on Tuesday passed the State Technical and Vocational Education Amendment Bill, 2019 and State Official Order of Precedence of Public Officers and other Persons Bill, 2019.

The two bills were passed during plenary in Abeokuta following the Committees’ reports.

The Chairman, Committee on Education, Ademuyiwa Adeyemi (APC-Abeokuta South II) and his counterpart on Establishment and Public Service Matters, Mrs Modupe Mujota (APM – Abeokuta North) presented the reports.

The chairmen, thereafter, moved the motion for the adoption of the reports, seconded by Abayomi Fasuwa (APC – Ijebu North East) and Oludaisi Elemide (APC-Odeda) after which the bills were read and adopted Clause-by-Clause by the Committee of the whole House.

The motions for the third reading of the bills were later moved by the Majority Leader, Yusuf Sheriff (APC-Ado Odo Ota 1), seconded by Ganiyu Oyedeji (APM-Ifo 11) and the Deputy Speaker, Oludare Kadiri (APC- Ijebu North 11) respectively.

Mr Deji Adeyemo, the Acting Clerk of the Assembly, thereafter, did the third reading of the bills before the members.

Responding, the Speaker, Mr Olakunle Oluomo (APC-Ifo 1), directed that clean copies of the bills be forwarded to Gov. Dapo Abiodun for his assent.

Meanwhile, the Ogun State Legislative Funds Management Law, 2020 and State Judiciary Funds Management Law 2020, were read for the first time by the clerk of the assembly before the lawmakers.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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Principals, essential partners in reviving education standard – Ogun govt.



Mrs Ronke Soyombo, the Special Adviser to Gov. Dapo Abiodun on Primary and Secondary Education, has described secondary school principals as essential partners in reviving the falling standard of education in Ogun.

Soyombo stated this on Tuesday in Abeokuta at a meeting with All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) led by its President, Mrs Olubunmi Womiloju.

She said that it was important to develop meaningful synergy between the government and ANCOPSS by restoring healthy competition, boarding facilities, discipline, quality teaching, learning and serious advocacy back to schools.

The special adviser charged stakeholders in the state’s education sector to chart a course that would enable the state regain its legacy as a leader in the sector.

“In time past, Ogun State public secondary schools has always been our standard model schools that churned out great and successful people that are doing well in their chosen fields.

“Excellence and good discipline was the priority with healthy competitions among the schools back then, this is what the present administration is working to restore and we believe together we can bring the lost glory of our schools back.

“We are going to restore discipline, excellence and good morals back to our schools, results of our students will now be made public to foster more efforts and healthy competitions.

“Security in schools will be heightened, school management and standards will take a new shape from henceforth. With all these successfully put in place, our educational standard is guaranteed,” Soyombo said.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Abosede Ogunleye, commended the principals for their leadership quality , saying government would not rest on its oars until better standards were restored in schools.

Ogunleye also said that schools would be properly fumigated before resumption.

In her remarks, Womiloju commended the state government for its plans to uplift school standards.

Womiloju promised that the association would continue to support the state government’s programmes, saying that the growth and development of the education sector remained a collective responsibility of all stakeholders.

The ANCOPPS president enjoined principals to maintain standards and adhere strictly to the decisions reached at the meeting wholeheartedly.

Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Mufutau Ojo (NAN)

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NARD supports Ogun doctors’ demand for improved work condition 



The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), South West Caucus, has called on the Ogun Government to improve working condition of its members in the state.

In a statement jointly signed on Monday in Ibadan by its Leader, Dr Sebastine Oiwoh and Deputy, Dr Taoofek Sanni, urged Gov. Dapo Abiodun to look into the demands of the doctors.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the South West caucus of NARD consists all members in Ogun, Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo states.

NAN reports that resident doctors at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, had demanded for improved working conditions.

The NARD said that the demands of their members in the employment of Ogun  Government was not “out of place, but in line with international best practices.

“These demands are in line with international best practices and needed for the care of the entire populace, especially at this time of COVID-19 pandemic where Ogun State is one of the epicentres in Nigeria.

The Federal Government and other state governments have since ramped up the needed policies, plans and protocols to properly position our members at a vantage position for victory over this unseen enemy.

“The association extended its solidarity and appreciated members in the state for managing to provide necessary health services to the people in spite of discouraging work conditions, inadequate facilities and poor remuneration,” it said.

The NARD also commended its members in various isolation centres in the state for their commitment, sacrifices and dignity of labour in spite of being owed their entitlements.

The association, however, frowned at the governor for alleged provocation and misinforming the public that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the doctors when such never existed.

“For the avoidance of doubt and to place the records straight, the most noble profession of medicine is a veritable and time proven repertoire of highly cerebral, emotionally mature, administratively astute and clinically sound hippocratic progenitors.

“All these is exemplified by our esteemed members at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, who are demanding for proper and adequate working conditions, while keeping the interest of esteemed patients at heart always.

NARD had expected the governor to carefully, holistically and pragmatically look into the demands which was devoid of emotional blackmail,” it said.

The association said that it was closely monitoring the present situation in Ogun and and act  appropriate.

Edited /Wale Ojetimi

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