ODSG tasks okada, tricycle riders on decency
…As riders win ‘bikes’, bags of rice, others
By Emmanuel Oluwadola
The Ondo State government has said it expects greater decency and exemplary conduct commercial motorcycle and tricycle riders, even as it solicits their continued collaboration for the development of the state’s economy.
The state Acting Governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa stated this on Monday at a programme put together by the Ondo State Internal Revenue Service (ODIRS), as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility to mark the yuletide season.
At the well attended programme, no fewer than 600 bags of 50kg and 25kg rice were distributed to motorcycle and tricycle riders in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
Also, there was presentation of the star prize of brand new Okada to two winners in Okada and Tricycle category as well as presentation of bags of rice, groundnut oil, among other gifts to winners in the raffle draw.
Aiyedatiwa represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transport, Mr Tobi Ogunleye, particularly thanked ODIRS for doing a yeoman’s job, noting that their contributions to the development of the state is of great value.
He also appreciated the riders for their hard work and dedication despite challenges, urging them to always exhibit good conduct and ensure their documentation is in order.
The Acting Governor warned against the production of counterfeit tickets, just as he encouraged them to uphold their positive contributions.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties and Strategy, Dr. Doyin Adebowale who emphasized government’s commitment to the state’s peace and welfare, advised drivers to maintain good character and protect state properties.
He highlighted that revenue generation improvement since the government’s involvement, praising the key role played by participants in the liberalized system.
The ODIRS Executive Chairman, Mr Tolu Adegbie, detailed the rewards given, including bags of rice, motorcycles, and other items, emphasizing the performance-based nature of the disbursement.
Adegbie who said the state generated N1billion last year and has generated about N900million in the outgoing year, commended the riders for their cooperation, saying the gesture for the day is a direct intervention from the state government to bring succour to them.
“The money we generate determines what we give out and this is a direct intervention of the government to the people who are paying their taxes. This is all about performance, data and statistics. If the tricyclists can also cross a certain threshold, next year, at least one of them will get a tricycle too.
“It is not politics, when you generate the money, you get the reward. Although, one of the principles of taxation is that when you pay your tax, you aren’t expecting a direct benefit, at times it comes as social infrastructural benefits,” Adegbie noted.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Revenue, Mr Femi Feyide said the disbursement aimed to give back to the motorcycle and tricycle riders for their role in the state’s reformation.
Adio Ojo, one of the winners of the ODIRS motorcycles in a ticket raffle draw, expressed gratitude to the state government, ODIRS board of directors, and everyone involved. Other lucky riders received rewards such as bags of rice, vegetable oil, packs of soft drinks, among others items.