The Need For Teachers’ Redistribution

I want to use this opportunity to ask the government of the State of Osun on the need for redistribution of teachers in public schools in the state.

It has been noticed that in some public schools, there are more than enough teachers, while in some, there is a shortfall. The schools that have been at the receiving end of this discovery are the ones at the rural areas.

Since it is difficult for the government to employ more teachers for now due to the economic situation, the government can still do with the ones already on the ground and get the best out of them by ensuring that they are evenly distributed.

It seems that many teachers have cultivated the habit of manipulating their ways, when they are posted to rural areas and this has been affecting the system in the rural areas, hence the need to take action.

While I commend the government for the infrastructural development in the education sector, it will amount to waste of resources if the best is not gotten out of the pupils who should be the direct beneficiaries.

Besides, I commend the government for ensuring effective monitoring of activities in public schools in the state, particularly elementary and middle schools.

It has been established that the government, through SUBEB is doing well in the monitoring of elementary and middle schools, more than the High Schools.

Another established fact is that, in any public establishment, without effective monitoring, civil servants, including teachers naturally show care free attitude to their job, and I must say that this is badly affecting the quality of our education system.

While the SUBEB should strengthen its activities towards monitoring of schools activities at the elementary and middle levels, I want a call on the government to task officials in charge of the High Schools to do the same for the High Schools in the state.

Ayedire LG Chairman Tasks Citizens On Usage Of Mosquito Net

As part of his vision and determination to ensure healthy living among the people of Ayedire Local Government, the Executive Secretary, Otunba Mukaila Oladejo has urged the people to make use of long-lasting insecticide nets being distributed across the Local government judiciously in other to tackle malaria.

He gave the charge while flagging off the distribution of Long Lasting Insecticide nets at Ile-Ogbo, headquarter of Ayedire Local Government.

He emphasised that the nets which would be distributed free of charge in all the primary Health centres and selected centres were aimed at ensuring that the people of the council live a healthy life.

Noting that the investment of the government on healthcare delivery system was enormous, the council boss said that there is a need for the people to support the government towards realising its dream in the health sector.

The Coordinator of the programme in the council, Mr. Oladimeji Abiola advised the people to make use of the net when sleeping so that malaria would be kicked out of the area, saying prevention is better than cure.

Among those in attendance were, Executive Secretary Ayedire South Local Government, Femi Idowu; the Olu of Ile-Ogbo, Oba Abeeb Adetoyese Agbaje; Olupo of Oluponna, Oba Oyebanji Oyeleso; Olowu of Kuta, Oba Adekunle Hammed; APC Chairman Ayedire LG, Hon Rasheed Olubori and Osun West APC Senatorial Leader, Yinusa Amobi.

Understanding Consumption Tax By Babalola Wasiu

The State Government of Osun is determined to bringing development to the door steps of the people and ensuring that further development is brought to the state through redistribution of wealth.

One of the viable means to achieve this is through funding of the government through tax payment. Under current Nigerian law, taxation is enforced by the three tiers of government, i.e. Federal, State and Local Government, with each having its sphere clearly spelled out in the Taxes and Levies (approved list for Collection) Decree, 1998.

Meanwhile, the concern of this write-up would be on consumption tax being one of the taxes collectible by State Governments of the Federation.

Consumption tax is a type of tax imposed by state Government on the purchase of certain goods and services.

The stance came to being from a ruling by panel of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, led by Justice Suleiman Galadima, which unanimously declared that it was only the state Houses of Assembly that could make laws on tourism, or licensing and grading of hotels and other hospitality establishments, such as restaurants and fast food outlets. In the official gazette issued in.

In the official gazette issued in May, 2015 by Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala, formal Minister of Finance, it also shows that the Ministry, in part 2 items 13 granted the state governments the autonomy to collect consumption tax on hotels, restaurants and event centers. This has, however, become effective throughout the Federation as far back as 26th of May, 2015.

Following the presentation of a bill before the State of Osun House of Assembly on issues relating to Consumption Tax, the parliament has passed ‘The State of Osun Hotel and other Tourism Industry Enterprises Licensing authority (establishment) Law, 2015’. In the enactment, the state, through Osun Internal Revenue Service (

In the enactment, the state, through Osun Internal Revenue Service (OIRS) is saddled with the responsibility of collecting Consumption Tax within the categories of the following business organizations: hotels, restaurants and event centers.

To make it vividly understandable, the consumption tax is paid by any person who: (i) pays for the use, possession or for the right to the use or possession of any hotel, hotel facility or event centre; or (ii) purchases consumable goods or services in any restaurant whether located or not located within a hotel in the state.

However, the owners of hotels, event centers, as well as restaurants are just agents of collection and shall collect on behalf of the state, based on the total amount charged or payable by the consumer in accordance with the State of Osun Hotel and other Tourism Industry Enterprises Licencing authority (establishment) Law.

On the other hands, a tax of five per cent (5%) which shall apply to the total cost of facilities, consumable or personal services supplied to a consumer in, by or on behalf of the hotel, restaurant or event centre excluding Value Added Tax(VAT) is paid by any person who: (i) pays for the use, possession or for the right to the use or possession of any hotel, hotel facility or event centre; or (ii) purchases consumable goods or services in any restaurant whether or not located within a hotel in the State of Osun.

The modality for collection is well spelled out in the demand notice made available for the categories of businesses affected within the scope of this type of tax (Consumption Tax).

Consumption tax is one of the viable means of raising money to improve the local community in various ways, such as generating revenue that can be used to finance developmental projects embarked upon by the government.

Osun government is committed to building a more vibrant economy through the boosting of commerce and industry in the state and this will surely impact positively on the welfare of the citizenry.

This can only be achieved when all stakeholders contribute their quotas. We must all key into the development of the state, as we cannot afford to let our state be financially subverted.

Pay your tax; it is your civic responsibility.

•Babalola is the Information Officer, Osun Internal Revenue Service

Photonews: Aregbesola Commissions Four Mega Schools in Osun

Thousands of Students yesterday commenced learning at the Ataoja Government High School in Osogbo, Wole Soyinka Government High School, Ejigbo, Osogbo Government High School and Adventist Government High School in Ede, each of them with the capacity to accommodate 3,000 students.

The Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola was present at the official opening of the Ata-Oja Government High school in Osogbo , the state capital.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu who was ably represented by Prof. Kamoru Olayiwola Usman commended Aregbesola for improving the atmosphere of learning in schools constructed in the state.
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