Ondo State government has shared a total of N40.5 million revenue accrued from the Land Use charge as well as Radio and Television license in the last six months to the 18 council areas of the state.
Each of the local government got N2.250 million after the money was shared while the state government got N94 million.
While presenting the cheque to Local Government chairmen, the state Accountant General, Toyin Oni who was represented at the event by Orisabinumi Segun commended ODIRS for the giant strides while seeking the indulgence of the chairmen to be of assistance to ODIRS in collecting the tax.
Earlier, the Chairman of Ondo State Internal Revenue Service, Tolu Adegbie said a total of N137 million was generated through the land use charge, courtesy of the Ondo State Internal Revenue Service.
According to Adegbie, “We shared about N100 million in 2019, and we shared about N200 million in 2020 and half 2020, we shared another N100 million in July and the sharing formula then was that the local governments will get 20 percent while the state government gets 80 percent but last year, Mr. Governor graciously approved the increase in the local governments share to 30 percent. So we implemented it in December last year”.
Since we started this year, from January to June, we have collected N137 million and local government is getting N40 million while the state government is getting N94 million and off course ODIRS is getting 2.5 million.
He noted that the biggest collection came from Akure South Local Government, stressing that most of the civil servants resides in the state capital, thus it is expected.
He noted that the money belongs to the local governments and the state and all the 18 local governments have met and decided to share the money on the basis of equality.
He said, “Also we are in partnership with the local governments in other areas notably in the area of Radio and TV collection and from December 2020-June 2021, we have generated N16 million and for taxi and bus ticket sales, we shared N13 million.
“It means that between January and June, 2021, ODIRS has been able to generate N69.6 million for the local governments in the state which some has been shared.
“What led to the increase is all about more awareness. A lot of people are now aware about the land use and they’ve seen that the money is not much and they are willingly coming to pay and most people are paying for three to four years.
“If all the civil servants alone can pay, our income would have been far better than this.
There are sanctions in the 2014 land use charge for those who fail to pay the land use charge but it is not economically viable to go to court for land use charge of N20,000. The cost of collecting lawyer, going to court everyday and other things, so it is better for people to pay willingly and we charge them to do so because this is not supposed to be a punitive thing.”
Speaking on behalf of all the council chairmen, the state Secretary of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), and Chairman of Akure South Local Government, Olaniyi Gbenga commended the level of transparency in collection and disbursement of the revenue by the present administration led by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
He noted that on his part, the fund will be judiciously spent on beneficial projects in Akure South Local Government.