IGR leakage: Ogun lawmakers seek reduction of transport unions, revenue collectors
It appears members of the Ogun State House of Assembly are not pleased with the proliferation of transport unions in the State.
This is as the lawmakers passed a resolution proposing to the State Government to limit the number of Revenue Generating Agents/Organizations in the transport industry to a maximum of three per sector.
The lawmakers held that the reduction in the number of existing transport unions would help in streamlining the collection process, saying it would avoid leakages in government revenue.
The Assembly members on Thursday said there was a need to curb revenue leakages and guard against acts that could cause a breach of peace in the state.
The Majority Leader, Yusuf Sherif, moved the motion for the passage of the resolution, which was seconded by Ganiyu Oyedeji.
In their various contributions to the debates leading to the passage of the resolution, the Chairman, House Committee on Transportation, Oludaisi Elemide; his Vice, Abayomi Fasuwa and Kemi Oduwole explained that the pruning of the revenue agents in the transport sector was to instil sanity in the sector, to ensure a more reformed ticketing system.
They noted that the reduction in the number of revenue agents would curb the old practice, which often led to the loss of government revenue or created unnecessary rancour amongst the multiple agents engaged.
Other lawmakers including the Chief Whip, Atinuke Bello and Oyedeji, who cited cases of sharp practices reported by government revenue agencies against some independent revenue agents, submitted that designated agents should be empowered to ensure holistic revenue management.
Expressing concern about the proliferation of transport associations in the State, the lawmakers implored the State Government not to approve more than three agents for commercial motorcyclists, tricyclists, taxi and minibus drivers among others in the transport sector of the State.
This, they said, must be done with accreditation by the State Ministry of Transportation in line with the regulations to promote efficiency and effectiveness.
In another development, the 2022 Supplementary Appropriation Bill forwarded to the Assembly by Governor Dapo Abiodun has scaled first reading as the Clerk and Head of Legislative Service, Mr. ‘Deji Adeyemo did the first reading before the State lawmakers.
The first reading followed the acknowledgement of the Governor’s correspondence dated 25th April 2022 conveying the supplementary bill consisting of the summary of supplementary estimated of the State’s revenue and expenditure for the consideration of the legislative arm in line with Section 121 of the Constitution (as amended).
“This supplementary budget is in view of certain exigencies of government, to re-invigorate funding of some key projects, especially, in the infrastructure sector which requires urgent attention to sustain the gains made so far,” the letter partly read.
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