By John Kayode
The Ondo State Internal Revenue Service (ODIRS), has generated over N278, 917,532.43 in year 2022 from Land Use Charge as well as Radio and Television License fees, with the 18 local governments in the state received 102,720,000.28 as their own share while the state got N158,900,000 Million.
Meanwhile a cheque of N57,520,001.36 million was presented to the 18 local governments in the state as their own share of the second quarter revenue collections covering July to December 2022.
While the sum of N45,199,999.92 million had earlier disbursed by ODIRS to the 18 local governments in first quarter of the year covering January to June this year, from same Land Use Charge and Radio & TV advert revenues.
The total sum of N278, 917,532.43 was the revenues generated from the Land Use Charge, Radio and Television advertisements from January to December this year.
The Executive Chairman of Ondo State Internal Revenue (ODIRS), Mr Tolu Adegbie in a chat with newsmen in Akure, the state capital said the disbursement was the second and last for year 2022.
He revealed that each local government went home with N3.200,000Million in the second quarter of the year ,while they received N1,751111.1Milliin in the first quarter of the year making total of N4,951,111.1million each of the third tiers in Ondo State received annually from Land Use Charge and Radio and Television License fees .
He explained that the revenue collections was shared in line with the agreed 70 percent for state and 30percent to the local government.
The ODIRS boss said: “He believed the money disbursed will in no small measure assist the council Chairmen to cater for some of their needs.”
He reiterated the commitment of the ODIRS to increase the revenue profile of the state next year, through the capturing of residents phone details, adding that they would leverage on technology to make the collection easy and faster.
He appealed to the residents of the state to cooperate with their staff, who will be going round from the first quarter of 2023 to get their personal information.
Earlier, the Chairman of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Hon. Augustine Oloruntogbe thanked the state Governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for prioritising the affairs of workers in the State.
According to him, “the Ondo State Government under the leadership of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN has never tamper with the local government fund”
The ALGON chairman said the Seven months salary arrears of workers owed by the previous administration has been reduced to Two months.
He commended the ODIRS for raising the revenue profile of the State. He assured the people of the state that the Government is prudent and will continue to work for them.