The Chairman of the Ekiti State Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Isola
Akingbade has said that revenue collection in the state would be
harmonized to removing multiple taxation.
Mr. Akingbade who made this known in Ado Ekiti at a meeting he held
with Revenue Collectors from all the 16 Local Government Areas as well
as all government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the
state assured that government was working towards eliminating
multiple taxation, stressing that the proposed harmonization of all
revenues by the Joint Tax Board (JTB) would enable each tier of
government identify and have firm grip on particular revenue that
fails under their respective purview.
He directed the collectors to provide a list of revenues currently
collected by them, emphasizing that the data collected would serve as
inputs to a National Amendment of revenue collectable by respective
tiers of government.
Akingbade said that the proposed harmonized revenues would be
forwarded to the State House of Assembly for consideration and passage
Stressing that Local Governments are not permitted to make Revenue
Acts without the consent of the State Board of Internal Revenue, the
IRS Chairman cautioned local government officers against mounting road
blocks to collect revenue, adding that local government officials must
be conversant with the types of revenue the law permits them to
He emphasized that road taxes do not fall under the category of taxes
LG officers are authorized to collect.
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Ekiti State Government has said that it would welcome all
interventions that are designed to improve the lots of the people in
Speaking at a two-day training workshop on Proposal Development and
Report Writing on Project Planning and Implementation for Directors in
charge of UNICEF assisted programmes in Ekiti State, the State
Commissioner for Budget, Economic Planning and Service Delivery, Mr.
Biodun Oyebanji particularly lauded the assistance of UNICEF in the
provision of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Ekiti West and Gboyin
Local Government Areas under the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector
Return Programme (WSSSRPIII).
Mr. Oyebanji who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry, Mr. Sola Folorunso, stressed that government would make
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene a priority in the 2014 budget.
The Commissioner said that the workshop was organized to train focal
officers and Directors on the required analytical skill required to
identify gaps in project implementation as well as technical skill on
According to him, the workshop was also designed to provide focal
officers and Directors with the technical skill on Report Writing.
He expressed hope that the participant s at the workshop would
properly utilize knowledge gained to achieve targets.
The Ekiti State Commissioner for Works and Transportation, Mr. Sola
Adebayo has called on the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to fashion
out ways of enhancing safety of lives of roads users plying state
and federal roads in the state.
Speaking while declaring open the Zonal Retreat of Zone RS8 in
Ado-Ekiti, Mr. Adebayo said most of the road accidents occur due to
human errors, adding that road users should be properly enlightened on
the traffic rules and regulations.
Adebayo who called for 24 -hour patrol of roads in the state by
officers and men of the Commission stated that traffic on roads in
the state roads has more than tripled in the last few years as most
vehicles plying the ever busy Abuja-Lagos route now pass through the
state because of the good condition of roads in the state.
He stressed that cross-fertilization of ideas and review of the
activities will boost the success of officials of the Road Safety
The Commissioner implored participants at the retreat to look
critically at issues that could change the bad attitude of road users
in order to guarantee safety on the roads.
Earlier, the Zonal Commanding Officer RS8HQ, Mr. Kehinde Adeleye said
that the purpose of the retreat is to brainstorm on how to reduce road
crashes rate in the country.
Mr. Adeleye commended the activities of the Ekiti State Traffic
Management Agency and called for more collaboration from the state
He said the Zonal retreat is well attended by the senior officers
from Kogi, Kwara and Ekiti state.
Ekiti state Deputy Governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu has called on
journalists in the state to remain objective in their reportage of
Prof. Adelabu who made the call at a Press Parley in Ado-Ekiti, urged
journalists in the state to focus more on developmental and
investigative journalism in order to ensure factual and irrefutable
According to her, Journalists as fourth estate of the realm must act
as watchdogs and gatekeepers of the society, noting that their news
stories are read, analyzed, digested and internalized by the people.
The Deputy Governor solicited the continue support of journalists for
the efforts of the present administration at transforming the state,
adding that the Fayemi led administration considers them to be
partners in progress.
She stressed that men of the pen profession must feel free to correct
government when and if the need arises, adding that it must however be
done positively and in a way that it would not create disaffection.
The Chairman of the Ekiti State Council of Obas, the Onitaji of Itaji
– Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area, Oba Adamo Babalola has described
the Social Security Scheme of the Fayemi led administration as a
life-saving programme that has transformed the lives of the down
Oba Babalola made the remark while receiving the State Commissioner
for Labour, Productivity and Human Capital Development, Mr. Oluwole
Ariyo who paid an advocacy visit to his palace to intimate him on the
on-going enumeration exercise embarked upon to accommodate more
elderly citizens across the state into the Fayemi-Administration’s
social security scheme.
The Monarch expressed appreciation to the state government for caring
for the aged and promised to pass the information concerning the
criteria for the enlistment across to other Royal Fathers at the next
Traditional Council Meeting.
At Ikole Ekiti, the Elekole of Ikole, Oba Adewumi Fasiku commended
the leadership quality of Governor Fayemi and described the Social
Security Scheme as a masses-oriented programme that will increase the
life expectancy of the aged in Ekiti State.
Oba Fasiku urged the state government to consider population as well
as the numbers of communities in local government areas as one of the parameters
for short listing beneficiaries.
The Monarch pledged the continued support of his people for the
present administration in order to enjoy more dividends of democracy.
The Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Dr. Adewale Omirin has
said that the passage of the Administration of Criminal Justice Bill,
2013 currently before the State House of Assembly would further
enhance peace and stability in the state.
Speaking in Ado-Ekiti while receiving stakeholders in the Justice
Sector led by the State Attorney General and Commissioner for
Justice, Mr. Wale Fapohunda, Dr.Omirin noted that though Ekiti is the most
peaceful state in the country, all hands must be on deck to maintain
the prevailing peaceful atmosphere in the state.
The Speaker assured that the House would expedite action on the
Administration of Criminal Justice Bill and other related bills on the
administration of Justice in the state.
He said the proposed bill would become another milestone in the
democratic development of the state.
In his remarks, the State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General,
Mr. Wale Fapohunda explained that the visit to the House of Assembly was to
dialogue with the lawmakers towards ensuring a speedy passage of the
Ekiti State Administration of Criminal Justice Bill and other allied
bills pending before the Assembly.
Mr. Fapohunda highlighted other pending related bills
before the House to include Customary Courts Bill 2013, Ekiti State
Arbitration Bill 2013, Magistrate’s Courts Bill, 2013, Ekiti State Law
Review Commission Bill, 2013 and Right of Persons with Disability Bill
Noting that all the bills are targeted towards positive achievement
of justice for Ekiti people, the Attorney General said that the
Administration of Criminal Justice Bill was aimed at reforming
criminal justice administration in the state, adding that it would
also reduce the member of pending cases in courts and assist in
fighting crimes in the society.
Stakeholders and members of civil society groups that accompanied
the Attorney General
included representatives of the International Federation of Women Lawyers
(FIDA), Echoes of Women in Africa, Partnership for Justice and Human Rights
Arrangements are in top gear to computerize the Registry filing
system at the Local Government Service Commission towards ensuring
better service delivery and efficiency.
The Chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Chief Ranti Adebisi
dropped this hint while declaring open a 2-day workshop organized for
Registry Staff of the Local Governments.
Chief Adebisi stressed the importance of the Registry Department in
any organization, adding that it is in recognition of the role of the
department to the overall success of entire system that government
decided to make the Registries ICT compliant.
According to him, government’s records capture information used in
protecting the rights and interests of government’s businesses,
citizens, historical and cultural knowledge about issues, places and
events, emphasizing that Registries particularly in the Local
Government settings, have been designated as archives.
Positing that a well structured Registry would ensure good
stewardship and public accountability, Chief Adebisi assured that
government would leave no stone unturned at empowering its workforce
and training them to face the challenges of preserving important
records while legally and appropriately disposing off stale ones.
He charged workers to reciprocate government’s gesture by taking
advantage of opportunity provided by government to acquire knowledge
and tap from the wealth of experience of the facilitators as well as
actively participate in all interactive session towards achieving the
In his remarks, one of the participants at the workshop, Ms Omotayo
Folasade lauded the Fayemi led administration for efforts at improving
the lots of its workers.
Folasade however called for prompt implementation of the workshop’s communiqué.