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Ajimobi begins property tax collection with self, EXCO members

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and members of the state executive council have up till July 15 to pay property tax on their private buildings, as the state kick-starts aggressive revenue generation to shore up its dwindling Internally Generated Revenue, IGR.

The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun, who stated this in Ibadan, yesterday, emphasized that the evaluation and collection of property tax would begin from the private residence of the governor.

He said the government had commenced the process for an aggressive revenue drive that would witness the collection of land use charge, revenue and taxes on properties and businesses located within the state.

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Also at the briefing were the Special Adviser to the Governor on Internal Revenue, Mr. Biyi Oloko; a consultant on internal revenue generation, Mr. Bicci Alli and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of information, Dr Bashir Olanrewaju.

The commissioner assured residents that the ministry would embark on door-to-door advocacy and enlightenment campaign to sensitize members of the public about the new tax and payment regime before hitting the roads.

He added that any member of the state executive council whose tax had not been paid up to date would have such money deducted from source before other members of the public were dragged into the tax net.

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In his contribution, Oloko said all self-employed individuals in the state would be dragged into Personal Income Tax net, stressing that all residents in the state would be expected to have completed payment of the tax by the end of March every year.

He explained that all property in the state had been enumerated and payment of taxes would be enforced through the issuance of Certificate of Occupancy, adding that tax offices had been opened across the 33 local government councils in the state.

Arraigns civil servants over multiple salaries

Meantime, two out of over 16,000 civil servants alleged to have been involved in fraudulent practices including collection of multiple salaries running into millions of naira in Oyo State have been arraigned in an Iyaganku Magistrate Court.

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Other suspects discovered by the screening committee set up by Governor Abiola Ajimobi were said to have escaped arrest and gone into hiding for fear of being prosecuted.

The two accused, Mr. Oluwaseun Adegoke and Ojo David Olanrewaju who appeared in courts two and three presided over by Magistrates A. F Richard and A.A Adebisi respectively were brought into the court room by men from the Department of State Security Services.

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