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Lagos Targets N30billion Monthly IGR By 2017

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Akinwunmi AmbodeThe Lagos State Government on Monday said it is working towards actualizing a monthly internally generated revenue target of N30billion by next year.

The Commissioner for Information, Steve Ayorinde, who made this known in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital yesterday, said Lagos State was currently generating N24.5 billion monthly as IGR.

According to him, Governor Akinwumi Ambode had already set N30 billion as the target to be generated monthly with effect from next year to run the affairs of the state.

Mr. Ayorinde said: “As at today, 71 per cent of this year`s budget for the state comes from IGR.

“Direct taxes will constitute between 60 per cent and 65 per cent of the targeted figure.

“We will use technology in our revenue generation drive, particularly, as it affects the land use charge.

“Land is the gold of Lagos State and, therefore, it is important for the state to capture those properties yet to be captured”.

The commissioner said there was an estimated two million homes in the state but that less than a million of them had been paying the land use charge.

Mr. Ayorinde said the state government would engage the services of experts to capture all those that were yet to key in into its tax drive so as to boost its IGR.

He also recalled that Gov. Ambode at a town hall meeting in Badagry recently, said that the state budget would hit a trillion-naira mark within the next two years.

He said, “We are also optimistic that within three years’ time, Lagos State will not be relying on federal allocations before it fulfills its electoral promises to its electorate”.

(NAN)

 

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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