Oyo Introduces levies On Churches, Mosques, Businesses, And Others

These levies, according to the state government, were imposed as part of efforts to generate funds to assist security agencies.

The categories of these levies were contained in flyers made available to journalists at an emergency meeting convened by the state government which was held at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Secretariat, Ibadan on Tuesday.

At the meeting were the state commissioner of police, Abiodun Odude; representatives of the GOC of 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Odogbo Ibadan; police area commanders, DSS, Customs, NSCDC, NDLEA, chief executive officers of banks and representatives of Manufacturing Association of Nigeria.

The flyers obtained by PREMIUM TIMES indicated that religious bodies in class A are expected to pay N60,000 while manufacturing and services in category A are to pay N100,000 annually.

The approved levies for class A (Large) in the manufacturing sector is N100,000 while class B (Medium) is N80,000 and class C (Small) is N60,000 annually.

The rest are those in the services. Class A are to pay N100,000, class B is N80,000 while class C will pay N60,000 annually.

Those in class A, trading, agriculture and forestry and solid minerals are to pay N80,000 while those in the classes B and C are to pay N50,000 and N30,000 respectively annually.

Other religious bodies including churches and mosques were asked to pay N60,000, N40,000 and N20,000 for classes A, B and C respectively.

The notice said that payment of the above levies are necessary to support the state government to ensure lives and property are protected.

“This is to certify the general public that OYSSTF, in pursuance of its statutory function to continue to assist security agencies, is embarking on the implementation of the law (OYSSTF AMENDMENT LAW 2017) recently assented by His Excellency, Oyo State Governor Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

“Further to the above, the board of trustees of OYSSTF in conjunction with relevant stakeholders, having held several consultations, town hall meetings and discussions preceding the commencement of the law, hereby informs the general public that in accordance with section 11 (4) of the Oyo state security trust fund law 2017 which empowers the government to impose levies and rates on “person” which include residents, individuals, associations and corporate bodies or firms domiciled in the state.”

Meanwhile, Mr Ajimobi said the meeting was convened in reaction to an observation of a noticeable increase in the activities of criminals in neighbouring states and attacks on banks.

Mr Ajimobi who was represented by his deputy, Moses Adeyemo, said, “It is common knowledge that before the inception of this present administration, insecurity in form of armed robberies, arson and other violent crimes, as well as lawlessness from the nefarious activities of area boys, had been the order of the day.

“The prevailing peaceful atmosphere in the state has been the result of the zero tolerance for crime by this administration and also through the commitment of the state government to combating crime through steps such as the establishment of Oyo State Joint Security Patrol Squad code-named “Operation Burst” as well as the setting up of the Oyo State Security Trust Fund.

“I can confirm that the installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) in black spots and business districts in the city to monitor the activities of criminals has been completed and is now operational.”

The chairman of the state’s Security Trust Fund, Bayo Adelabu, who is also the gubernatorial candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state noted that the spate of recent armed robberies on banks and the killing of security personnel in neighbouring states had made it necessary to hold the emergency meeting.

He was represented by the Executive Secretary of the trust fund, Femi Oyedipe.


Soldiers’ Killings: Remove service chiefs, Ohanaeze youths tell president Buhari

The Ohanaeze Youth Council yesterday expressed concern over the recent killing of over 100 soldiers in Borno State by Boko Haram and asked President Muhammadu Buhari to issue compulsory retirement to all the serving chiefs and top military commanders in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The president of the council, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, made the call in a statement.

“We also urge President Muhammadu Buhari to issue compulsory retirement to all service chiefs and replace them with capable officers so as to restore the confidence of Nigerians and our soldiers particularly those at the battle field in the northeast.

“If possible,let him borrow a leave from former President of United State of America, George Bush in dealing with terrorists”, he said.

He added that the porous nature of Nigeria’s borders hindered operations of the security operatives in the northeast.

Do you still remember those awkward days in schools during Exams ?, Student reveal

When a bright student tells the invigilator that question 4 has a problem, but you have already answered it…

When a fellow student asks for a graph paper, but you’ve finished and did not see anywhere where it was required…

When the invigilator says jump question 6 we will rectify it later, but it was the question you enjoyed most when answering…

When you see people busy using rulers and you are wondering what is going on…

When you hear your friends arguing after the exam whether the answer to question 5 was 35.5% or 36.5% and your answer was 1800 …

When the other students asked for 4-5 additional answer sheets and You had two pages empty in the main answer sheet…

See where you have reached in life inspite of those moments…things are not permanent…enjoy life!…

This was our school days.
The best part was that we used to have the most innocent face to show at that point……

God bless Pere Jay West…

2019 : Deltans Will support Okowa’s Re-Election For Delta North Interest

Comrade Sheriff Mulade

Francis Tayor_ Abuja

*Be Truthful To Okowa: There Is No Motorable Roads In Delta State-Mulade Tells Government Appointees*

A Gbaramatu Kingdom born human rights and environmental activist, Comrade Sheriff Mulade has again re-assured the governor of Delta State,Sen.Dr.Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa of total mobilisation of Deltan’s to ensure a landslide victory for him and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) candidates in the general 2019 elections.

Mulade made the declaration in Abuja,while speaking with journalist.Mulade also urged government appointees in governor Okowa’s cabinet to furnish the governor with truthful and timely information regarding the state of deplorable roads in major cites such as Asaba, Warri,Ughelli,Sapele,Abraka, Agbor and other local government areas in Delta State.

He noted that a tour around major cites within the Delta has proved contrary to several political media reports claiming that several millions of Naira have been spent on road construction and rehabilitation that made the popular slogan Ekweume, the road master Governor.

It is important to state and inform Governor Ifeanyi Okowa that there is no motorable roads in Delta cities and many of the riverine communities are deliberately deprived of development in spite of their huge contribution.

The State government should do something about the bad condition of roads within major junctions of cities in the state,these will encourage free flow of commercial activities,mobility and transportation before clamouring for the return of companies that left the State.

He further adds that mind bugling number of political appointees numbering over 3, 203 with over #400 million as salary should not be for praise singing and eye service,but Deltan’s are expecting the socio-economic and developmental benefits of retaining multitude of consumers who are egregiously gloated in copious consumption of the state resources.

Drawing Okowa’s attention to some abandoned projects by Multinational companies in riverine communities who have left the State due to insecurity challenges and bad governance,Comrade Sheriff appeal to Governor Okowa to takeover and complete the projects for the benefits of the people.

According to Mulade said; “Though His Excellency, Senator Dr.Ifeanyi Okowa has done his best as regards road construction however, government appointees should not go scrambling for contracts or fronting a company rather they should complement the governors efforts and ensure that contractor who abandon project after mobilisation are prosecuted and blacklisted”.

“We will give the Governor Okowa’s administration credit if he insist that the right thing is done to correct some obvious administrative imbalance.Incompetent contractor should not handle major projects in Delta State no matter their power of public relations or connections,Comrade Mulade asserted”.

Crisis: Ogbe-Ijoh traditional council hails Okowa, Buratai, presidency for deploying military

Ifienyi Okowa

Says military base should be established in troubled area

The Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Kingdom traditional council in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta state has hailed Governor Ifeanyi Okowa; Gen. Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff and the presidency for restoring the fragile peace in the area.

The council of chiefs made the commendation yesterday in a press statement issued to newsmen by chief Anthony O. Jolomi, Secretary Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Traditional Council, a copy of which was sent to The Liberator Newspaper.

However, the statement had particularly appreciated the Delta state governor who allegedly worked in collaboration with the chief of army staff and the presidency for extending the operation crocodile smile III deployed earlier to quell the raging crisis.

The traditional council had revealed that the people of Ogbe-Ijoh can now sleep with their two eyes closed, stressing that the military is doing a great job to avert the dangerous crisis between Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh in Warri South West and Udu Local Government Areas of Delta state.

Meanwhile, Chief Jolomi had in the statement called for a continues stay of the military in the area, noting that such action would remain the most viable option for peace in the area.

Nevertheless, the statement had further called on the Delta state governor, presidency and chief of army staff to consider establishing a military base in between the two towns, suggesting that such would permanently address the reincarnating and snowballing crisis.

The statement reads in part: “We on behalf of the entire people of Ogbe-Ijoh Warri Kingdom, Delta state wishes to thank the amiable governor of Delta state, His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa on his commitment toward maintaining peace in Ogbe-Ijoh and Aladja communities in Warri South West and Udu Local Government Area of Delta State.

“Your excellency sir, we want to particularly thank you for the extension of stay by the detachment of operation crocodile smile III sent by the federal government in collaboration with the Delta state government to restore total peace in Ogbe-Ijoh and Aladja communities.

“As a people, we want to thank the Nigerian military, especially the chief of army staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai for his swift response.

“Like Oliver twist, we want to ask that the operation crocodile smile III sent to restore normalcy in the area should continue.

“The people of Ogbe-Ijoh are so happy, we can now sleep with our two eyes closed, all thanks to the military that have truly brought peace to our community. Peace is truly what we need and not violence.

“It would be recalled that the operation crocodile smile III was declared as a military exercise charged with the responsibility to quell any clash, it was billed to last for a month, it started on October 22nd 2018 and November 22nd makes it one month already. We are so happy that they are still around, we want to believe that they will continue to stay in order to safeguard us.

“The military is truly working, we can’t really thank them enough, we are ever ready to cooperate with them whenever it is needed.

“We are also appealing to the Delta state government to please establish a military base in between the two towns. This we believe will put to rest the incessant attacks.” Chief Anthony Jolomi asserted.

Birthday Celebration, Engr.Innocent Ukuli Appreciates Family,Friends And Well wishers In Honours His 41st Birthday Get Together Party

Warri____In their show of expression of brotherliness and one love,the families of Late Pa.Vincent Ukuli of Kokodiagbene Community in Gbaramantu Kingdom,Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State,come together today to celebrate with one of their brother,Engr.Innocent Ukuli at his 41st Birthday Anniversary.

The surprise Birthday celebration which took place at Ekete Waterside in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State,attracted friends and well wishers of the celebrant.

The celebrant,Engr.Innocent Ukuli,alias Ibedi-owei who hailed from Kokodiagbene and Okerenkoko Town is a senior Diver of Nest Oil at Jones Creek,Excravos River Warri.

In his remark,Engr.Innocent thank God for His grace upon his life,stressing that if not for the love of God,he wouldn’t have been alive today.He thank his lovely wife Mrs.Eyorolade Innocent and children for their prayers and understanding during hard times.

The celebrant further extends appreciation to his wonderful brother In-law,Double Chief. Ekonmieyefa Uduboh,(the CEO KFT EVENT PLACE WARRI),for his care and brotherly love towards his family.While praying God to bless and protect all his friends,family members and well wishers through out the remaining month of 2018.

Some of the guests present at the Birthday get together includes;the Publisher Niger-Delta Mirror Ndm and wife,Mr/Mrs.Oyinbi Glory Boukan Onduku,Elder Paul Ukuli,Capt.Golden Ukuli, Engr.Arthur Ukuli, Barr.Donatus Ukuli,Engr. Thompson Ukuli and many others too numerous to mention.