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Monday, August 10, 2020

Ogun Finance Ministry Seeks Legislation On Revenue Collections

...As State Assembly Probes Cases Of Illegal Ticketting, Multiple taxations, Others
                                        •Hassan

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 The Finance Ministry of the Ogun State Government  has called on the state House of Assembly to come up with a legislation to harmonize revenue collections for all income generating agencies of the state.

The ministry said that if necessary legislation was put in place, it would check illegal and multiple taxations, hooliganism among other unethical conducts being engaged by some unscrupulous persons under the guise of revenue collections.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mr. Hassan Adekunle, made this known when he  appeared before the State House of Assembly Ad-Hoc Committee set up to investigate matters on illegal ticketing, multiple taxations, forceful collection of taxes and illegal toll points within Ogun state corridors.

Hassan argued that legislative backing would harmonise revenue collection in the state and bring sanity to the system.

 “The issue of multiple taxation does not emanate from the State Government, rather, from unscrupulous people, who parade themselves as authorized agents appointed to collect revenue on behalf of the state government. It is therefore expedient to have a legislation to regulate collection of revenue in the state,” he said.

He noted that the State Government was determined to curb illicit revenue collection, as well as block revenue leakages, in order to enhance the State’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

The Permanent Secretary further advised that in stemming the menace, data of consultants and revenue agents appointed by Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of government, should be submitted to the Ministry of Finance for proper documentation and monitoring.

He also revealed that the Monitoring and Enforcement team of the Ministry has made remarkable achievements on the arrest and prosecution of persons in respect of over production and issuance of fake tickets, collection of fees without issuance of tickets and selling tickets above the approved rates by agents.

 Earlier, the Chairman of the Ad-Hoc Committee,  Hon. Kadiri Oluwatimilehin, who doubles as the Deputy Speaker of the State Assembly, noted that the House had received petitions from members of the public, which necessitated the setting up of the committee to investigate matters associated with illegal and multiple taxations, illegal ticketing and toll points among others. 

Oluwatimilehin emphasised the need for collaboration among MDAs of government to engender mutually beneficial revenue collection processes, saying ‘’the House of Assembly is ready to provide the necessary legal framework.’’

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