By Michael Ofulue Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke on Monday suspended all consultants manning the control posts and collecting haulage over corrupt practice in the state.
The governor however subjected the activities of all the revenue agencies under review by the committee saddled with that responsibilities.
According to Adeleke there is low revenue returns and high level of corrupt practices across the Control posts in the state saying his administration will not condone a situation whereby revenue agents will earning more than the state.
Adeleke disclosed this during the inauguration of the Revenue and Solid Mineral Sector Committees on Monday, in Osogbo, Osun State capital.
The governor asked all revenue agents operating on behalf of the state to report immediately to the committee for new terms of engagement.
He ordered the revenue committee to review the permits payments of the Control post/border checkpoints haulage; forest reserve concession allocation permit; sawmill permit and renewal; flinch sawn evacuation permit; timber.
Others are logs permit; hammering permit; motor-saw permit; forest reserve access permit and Tungya farming system allocation permit.
Adeleke tasked the revenue committee to block all revenue leakages, urging them to introduce new idea that could increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the state.
According to him, “I have reports of extensive illegal logging of precious woods without permit from the state government. Consequently, all logging permits such as hammer and concession permits are hereby suspended pending review by the committee.
“My administration will not condone a situation whereby revenue agents are earning more than the state. All revenue inflow must go to the Coffers of the state. We must then decide what will be the collection fees to be paid the revenue agents. Consequently, all revenue agents operating on behalf of the state must report to the committee immediately for new terms of engagement.
“My administration is directing a review of the Osun State Internal Revenue Service. The committee is therefore expected to review the operations of the agency and submit appropriate recommendations to increase internally generated revenue by substantial percentage.” he said