Oyo targets N20 billion monthly IGR
•Makinde Urges Investors’ Partnership To Develop State
The Oyo State Government has said all efforts were being made to plug tax holes to increase the state revenue, saying it has set a target of hitting N20billion monthly internally-generated revenue (IGR) before the end of the Governor Seyi Makinde’s first term in office.Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, said at a one-day workshop for the state media officers held at the ministry’s Film Theatre.
The state’s IGR was reported to be between N2billion and N2.5billion during the tenure of the former governor, Abiola Ajimobi. Olatunbosun said the four cardinal focus of the administration were education, primary healthcare, agro-business and security and all efforts were concentrated at plugging tax holes so as to increase the state’s revenue, urging the media officers to key into the agenda of Makinde to achieve the set target.
Also at the event were the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, and the Executive Assistant to the governor on Administration, Rev. Idowu Ogedengbe, who said the state government was working towards improving human capital index of its workers towards enhancing the economy of the state.
Meanwhile, Makinde has expressed displeasure over the undeveloped 11 hectares of land at the highbrow Samonda GRA in Ibadan, calling on investors to partner the state to develop the land to boost the state’s economy.
Expressing the governor’s position, yesterday, was the Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Abiodun Abdu-Raheem, while on an inspection tour to some government reserved areas and Samonda Ultra-Modern Shopping Complex in Ibadan North Council.Abiodun disclosed that the complex would be turned to an annex of the popular Gbagi Market.He called on the landlord association of the Samonda (Aerodrome) GRA to desist from distorting the master plan of the estate by building on waterways and areas mapped out for recreational purposes.
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