Aregbesola Urges Osun Civil Servants To Act As Tax Marshals

Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has disclosed that the state has no reason to be poor if its people inculcate the culture of tax payment.

He added that with the right revenue drive and a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of about 2.44 trillion, Osun should be a rich and prosperous state in the federation.

This is just as the governor charged the entire civil service of the state to help the government promote the culture of tax payment among the people of Osun.

He stated these on Wednesday during an interactive session he held with Permanent Secretaries, Directors, General Managers and Executive Secretaries of government agencies and parastatals at the government secretariat.

Aregbesola who decried the poor economic nature of Osun despite its huge GDP which he said is more than that of some African countries called for a change in attitude to tax payment in the state.

While calling on the civil service not to be careless of the fact that it is only public servants that pay their tax adequately, the governor stressed that the state will only be encouraging poverty if it continues that way.

The Governor further charged the state civil service to let the people understand and embrace the culture of tax payment, saying they have nowhere to call their own apart from Osun, hence the need to join hands in developing it is quintessential.

He held that the only thing that will make him feel comfortable even after leaving office is when he is rest assured that the civil service has keyed into the idea of assisting the government to generate revenue through taxation.

Aregbesola maintained that the time has come for public servants to begin to see themselves as those whose on shoulders lie the responsibility to drive the state forward through revenue generation which can only be gotten from the people.

The Governor who noted that the height which every indigene of Osun wants the state to attain in the next ten or twenty years will be a mirage if the civil service does not assist the government in changing the orientation of the people towards tax payment.

The state helmsman expressed the believe that the people of the state are no more in doubt that the government can give them what they want, stressing that this should be used as a basis to rekindle the poor attitude of the people to tax payment.

According to Aregbesola, “If a territory or space like Osun can produce goods and services worth 2.44 trillion naira, then we have no reason to be poor. But it’s a pity that we can’t hide our faces from the fact that we are poor and this is because our revenue generation is so poor.

“Some African countries that have presidents don’t have that much of GDP as Osun and it’s saddening that we still find ourselves in this economic mess because our attitude to tax payment is poor and we are directly at fault for it.

“I want to tell you that if we continue like this then we are encouraging poverty, you public servants should begin to worry that it is only you who pay tax, it should interest you as public servants to ensure that every taxable adult in Osun pay their taxes.

“If we don’t quickly do something about our revenue generation, the dream of a better Osun that will be the cynosure of all eyes might painfully be a mirage, I came to Osun to become governor because I am from this state and I want it to develop. I want you too to begin to have the mindset that Osun must develop through you.

Osun Civil Servants Charged On Tax Advocacy In Their Various Beats

Civil servants in the State of Osun have been charged to be advocate of the state government revenue drive through conscious efforts to enlightening the masses who visit their various Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government.

The Acting Chairman/CEO, Osun Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Bicci Alli gave this charge  in Osogbo at the public service awards by the State government to appreciate outstanding performance of some civil servants in the various beats of their chosen profession.

According to him, every civil servant in the State needs to see himself or herself as automatic tax advocate wherever they find themselves, adding that they must cultivate the passion to educate people, especially those within the tax bracket and have not paid tax before with a view to convincing them of its importance.

While making analysis on the need and potentials of Osun to be self-reliant financially, Mr. Alli said, “if the approximately 1.96million people that dominate various economic activities of the State like artisans, traders, business men and women are alive to their responsibility in terms of payment of their taxes as and when due, the State would have been out of the current financial predicament”.

He therefore enjoined civil servants to use their professional acumen in supporting the Revenue drive in the State and always call government’s attention to some areas in their various beats which could be lucrative and that can serve as impetus to tincrease revenue in the State.


Adegoroye To Deliver Osun 2017 Public Service Lecture On Thursday

By Nofisat Adeoye

The former Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Dr Adegoke Samuel Adegoroye would deliver the Osun 2017 Public Service Lecture at the Local Government Service Commission Hall, State Secretariat, Osogbo, capital of Osun State tomorrow (Thursday).

The Head of Service in the state, Dr Festus Oyebade told journalists that Adegoroye was chosen for the lecture because of his wealth of experience in the public service and the quest to motivate those still in the service to learn and grow in the right direction.

The theme of the lecture is: “Government structure, Public Service Productivity and Efficiency in the Realization of Political Mandate: The Challenge of Governance.”

The Guest Speaker, Adegoroye is a scientist and academic turned civil servant and an advocate of integrity in public service with a unique and distinguished public service career that over three and a half decades took him to the peaks of three enviable bureaucratic heights.

Adegoroye served as the Permanent Secretary in charge of Manpower Development within the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation; and after his tour of duty as Permanent Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education, he served in the Federal Ministry Tourism, Culture and National Orientation; Ministry of Interior and the Federal Capital Territory Administration from where he retired in 2010.

Oyebade told the newsmen that the first Head of Service and former Secretary to the State Government in the state, Chief Moses Inaolaji Abaoba would be the Guest of Honour at the event and that he would deliver a goodwill message during the lecture.

He added that the State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola is the Special Guest of Honour at the lecture while the Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Honourable Najeem Salaam and members of the Assembly would also grace the event.

Oyebade said that the Chief Judge of the State, the President of the State Customary Court of Appeal and members of the State Executive Council, Permanent Secretaries, the Accountant-General, the Auditors-General, General Managers, Executive Directors, Coordinating Directors and other top government officials will attend the event.

Osun COS Charges Permanent Secretaries To Key Into Civil Service Reform

Permanent Secretaries and public servants have been admonished to key into the on-going civil service reforms in the State of Osun as it is aimed at repositioning the service for greater productivity and efficiency.

Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola gave the charge at a send off luncheon organised for the retired Head of Service, Mr. Olayinka Owoeye and nine other retired Permanent Secretaries.

Speaking at the event which was facilitated by the State Forum of Head of Service and Permanent Secretaries, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola who congratulated the retirees for leaving with their integrity intact, described Permanent Secretaries as important anchors of government programmes, noting that, when they support any government, the success of such administration is guaranteed.

He then enjoined the retirees to see the service as their baby which they must endeavour to nurture from time to time, even outside the service.

Speaking at the event, the immediate past Head of Service, Mr. Olayinka Owoeye was full of gratitude to the State Governor for changing the chemistry of appointment to enable him and his colleagues
rise to the top in their civil service career.

Earlier in his speech, the State Head of Service, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade had earlier described the retirees as exemplifying the best in the service. He also congratulated his predecessor for taking the
service to an enviable height.

The celebrated retirees were: Mrs. Olajumoke Bello, Mr. Fatai Kolawole, Mr. Mudasiru Oyeniran, Mr. Ademola Akinyemi and Mr. Wale Ojo.

The rest honourees were: Mr. Kola Buhari, Mr. Segun Olorunsogo, Mrs Helen Osotimehin and Dr. Bunmi Obisesan.

Highlights of the programme which was spiced with cultural performance by the state cultural troupe was presentation of goodwill messages and gifts to all the retirees.

Babalola Warns Local Government Workers Against Indolency

Members of staff in all Local Government and Local Council Development Areas in the State of Osun have been seriously warned to desist from indolency and lacklustre attitude while carrying out their official assignments.

This admonition was given today by the Chairman, State of Osun Local Government Service Commission, Elder Peter Babalola at the flag-off of the Local Government staff head count which took off at Olorunda Local Government as well as Olorunda North and South Local Council Development Areas of the State respectively.

Elder Babalola who was represented by the Commissioner 1 of the Agency, Mr. Kehinde Olamolu stated that it is necessary and mandatory for Local Government staff to wake up to their responsibilities for effective performance as truancy, absenteeism, indolence and inefficiency will no longer be tolerated by the government.

Mr. Olamolu reiterated the fact that in as much as government pays the staff salaries regularly, it is expected that they should reciprocate the gesture by being diligent in their duties.

He said that the head count exercise would be a continuous one and would take place in all the Local Governments and the Local Council Development areas of the State to determine the number of staff in all the council areas.