Connect with us

Economy

Kogi SSG reads riot act to political appointees, commissioners on revenue

Published

on

Spread the love

Kogi SSG reads riot act to political appointees, commissioners on revenue

The Secretary to Kogi State Government Dr. Folashade Arike Ayoade has read the riot act to Kogi Statecommissioners and political appointees to stop unnecessary lamentation on the lack of money to carry out their duties as she urged them to be proactive and use their initiatives by thinking out of the box.
Speaking at a Stakeholders meeting on revenue generation in Government House Lokoja over the weekend she asked other commissioners to emulate their counterpart at the ministry of Women Affairs Bolan let Ampitan who has been remitting the required percentage of revenue generated from her ministry on monthly bases to the Kogi State Internally Generated Revenue Services (KGIRS)
She said, “From the report from KGIRS the commissioner for women affairs has been trying her best in such away that she has been remitting the percentage they have generated on a monthly bases. “I want to charge the commissioners that are here openly. I want to meet with political office holders and enviroment commissioner on Monday by 4pm. But I want to charge you openly. Some of you will say you don’t have money to work, the same time they release impress to you is the same time they remitted to my office, is the same time they release to the commissioner for women affairs.
“Do you know what she does she extends her needs to NGO like ActionAid and other multilateral donor agencies. Most of the programs she embarks on are programs she does not need to wait for the State and that is why she generates revenue.”
She charged every other commissioner to emulate her adding that they have a lot of these donor agencies that can sponsor programs.
“Don’t wait until you recieve money from accountant general’s office.”
She expressed her disappointment with the Commissioner for culture and tourism who she said is doing doing enough to harness the potentials of the State in tourism.
She said she strolled down to Kogi Hotels that has been renovated and will commission on January 27th as the earlier commissioning that was done was somehow.
“I went to inspect what they were doing and I saw that there was a prison, the first prison in Northern Nigeria. I saw it for the first time, it is money lying fallow. KOGI is in the center of Nigeria saying that a lot of revenue can be gannered from the site as tourist attraction.
She said the Commissioner of tourism have a lot of work on his hand, adding that she will sit together one on one with him to analyze areas where the state can get money through tourism.
“There is national art gallery inside the same compound, we have the European cemetery, we have the first primary school, we have mount Pati. These tourist attractions are just lying there and they are not bringing money.
“I was in Isreal apart from the spiritual exercise they make money from tourism. This is what Kogi can get, commissioner for culture and and tourism I am interested in your own revenue. The two of us will will sit and work out these things.”
She said first she wants the State to put behind it the issue of salary arrears. “Honestly as we speak I make bold to tell you the Governor is not owing in this Government what we are owing is what we inherited from the former administration of Former Governor Wada. We inherited four months.
“Because Government is continous we must make sure we get it behind us.”
She announced that the State is going into biometric payments adding that the the biometric register will start being put to use this year.
However she said it would be only possible when they put they offset the backlog of salary arreahs.
She said the State cannot get enough money by relying on the revenue from the federal allocation alone.
“I was impressed with the Commissioner for youths and sports when PDP requested to use the Confluence Stadium and we told them to pay N500, 000 and he told me the money had been paid and remitted to the revenue account that is how it should be.
“The money should go straight to Government to coffers. The state law says the State KGIRS is with the mandate to collect revenue. Let them do their job.
She challenged the KGIRS to get more staff to collect these revenue.
She also advocated for the revenue service to introduce the scratch card that will show that citizens have paid their tax..
She said without it the State may not have money to pay salary.
He challenged the revenue service start something like that people would be encouraged to pay tax when they can flash their scratch card to show they have paid, which make them to have the sense of belonging in being part of develoIopment the State.
“If you motivate people to pay definitely they will pay. I want to charge the tax collectors not to be like Zacheus in the bible collecting what is he is not supposed to collect, you don’t need to do restitution do the right thing, stop over collecting, stop harassing people.”
She also charged them to always exhibit good public relations.
“There is a way you talk to people even if they are to pay N1 they will want to pay N10. Your approach should be good. In a situation they are to pay N1 and you are rude to them that N1 you would not get it.”

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Economy

AEC urges African Govts. to invest in home-made products as post COVID-19 strategy

Published

on

By

Spread the love

AEC urges African Govts. to invest in home-made products as post COVID-19 strategy

By Mustapha Sumaila

The African Economic Congress (AEC) has urged African Governments to invest in home-made products as a means of fast-tracking development as post COVID-19 strategy to recover economy.

The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AEC, Mrs Nancy Nnaji said this in a statement in Abuja on Monday.

Nnaji said this suggestion was part of recommendations of various speakers
at the just concluded 2nd Edition of the annual conference held recently by AEC.

The meeting had the theme: “Post COVID-19: Africa in the New Economic Order”.

She said the conference had also recommended that Africans should prioritise research as a tool for sustainable development on the continent.

According to her, Africa is advised to move for self-reliance in the coming years, by harnessing and leveraging its abundant resources both human and materials to drive economic transformation.

She said the meeting noted that agricultural sector was key to Africa’s economic transformation and by developing it, abundant resources could be provided to finance the 2063 African union agenda to curb unemployment, food shortage, malnutrition and extreme poverty.

The founder stated that “Africans are also enjoined to be educated on the technical know-how to improve agriculture on the continent.

“Governments must increase the yearly allocated budget for agriculture and promote private sector engagement to avoid inadequate funding.

“To increase the level of value addition of food exports, there must be an investment in innovation and technology around local processing and infrastructure building.

“There is need for digital literacy skills, critical thinking skills, technical skills, soft skills, entrepreneurial skills, and certification programmes should be incorporated into the learning curriculum in all levels of education to produce self-reliant and employable graduates” she added.

Nnaji also added that the conference advised on the need to improve broadband connectivity to support interactive online learning and teaching. (NAN)

Continue Reading

Economy

Hope for border reopening dims as agric minister reiterates indefinite closure

Published

on

By

Spread the love

Hope for border reopening dims as agric reiterates indefinite closure

The Minister of Agriculture, Mohammed Sabo Nanono, has said that the Federal Government was not ready to reopen the borders, so as to boost the country’s agricultural sector.
He stated this, at the flag-off ceremony of the distribution of agricultural inputs to farmers affected by the recent flood in Kebbi State on Saturday.
He said Nigeria borders will remain locked and the key thrown into the lagoon.

He said: “Nigerian farmers have been performing well by producing such food items as rice, millet, guinea corn, and Shea butter, among others. We are not ready to reopen the borders, which is why the Federal Government is ready to support the dry season farming to regain what farmers lost to the flood disaster.”
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Adamu Aliero, supported the continued closure of borders, to encourage the growth of local rice farming.
He commended federal and state governments for supporting flood victims in the state.
The Kebbi State Governor, Senator Atiku Bagudu Abubakar, represented by the Deputy Governor, Col Ismail Yombe Dabai (rtd.), thanked the Federal Government for the kind gesture. He assured me of equal distribution of the items.
He appealed to the Federal Government to increase the quantity of the items, to enable them to go round the affected people.
The items shared included rice, millet, guinea corn, and beans, among others.

Continue Reading

Economy

AfDB, Synergos inaugurate machine for cassava peel conversion in Kogi

Published

on

By

Spread the love

AfDB, Synergos inaugurate machine for cassava peel conversion in Kogi


By Friday Idachaba
The African Development Bank (AfDB) in partnership with Synergos Nigeria and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has inaugurated a prototype maciine for conversion of High Quality Cassava Peels into feed ingredients for animal feeds.

The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the prototype was inaugurated at the High Quality Cassava Peels (HQCP) Centre in Ejule, Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi on Friday.

Country Director of Synergos Nigeria Mr Victor Adejoh, in his opening remarks at the inaugural ceremony said the innovation aimed at addressing issues of environmental pollution and income support for women.

Adejoh said that Synergos Nigeria was implementing the project in partnership with ILRI with funding from AfDB as part of the bank’s implementation of its “Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT)”.

The Country Director who was represented by Mrs Lydia Oyewole, Synergos Project Facilitator, hinted that TAAT’s developmental objective was to scale up agricultural technologies with Livestock component as one of the key compacts to achieve the objectives.

He said that the prototype waste-to-wealth innovation to be run by Small Scale Women Farmers Organisation of Nigeria (SWOFON) would be enable production of high quality cassava peel (HQCP) feed ingredients thereby, circumventing cassava peel drying constraints.

The prototype machine which is the second in the state with the first, located at Ojapata, Ankpa Local Government according to him, is based on principle of grating; dewatering, fermentation; pulverizing, sieving and drying.

“These steps essentially replicate the age-long processes involved in making cassava pulp safe for human consumption and storable and also conforms with the code of practice for the reduction of Hydrocyanic acid in cassava and cassava products (FAO, 2013a)

“Cassava peels waste has been recognized for ages as a potential animal feed, but with little utilization because of its cyanide content when consumed wet or its mycotoxins content when improperly dried”, he said.

Adejoh noted that the machine would produce dried high quality cassava peel mash (fine and coarse) feeds with four to six months shelf-life and suitable for poultry, fish, pigs, goats, sheep and cattle.

The state Commissioner for Agriculture Mr David Apeh, called on the women to utilise the prototype pricessing facilitie at their doorstep to increase their livelihood support and better their lives instead of idling away.

Apeh represented by Ichaka okolo, Director, Agric Services, also called on AfDB, Synergos, ActionAid and other partners and agencies to increase their interventions in Agribusiness initiative for overall development the state.

Earlier earlier in her address, SWOFON Coordinator in the state Hajia Sefiya Yahaya called on the Federal and and State Governments to accord women farmers their rights and make land available to them as a right rather than privilege saying, “Our land is our right.”

NAN reports that representatives of the state Fadama office, ActionAid Nigeria, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) and various women groups witnessed the inauguration and gave goodwill messages. (NAN)

FDJ/

Continue Reading

Trending