Osun moves to boost revenue
By Fisayo Akinduro
The Osun state Government has assured of its commitment to boost the state’s revenue profile for socio-economic growth.
The state governor Gboyega Oyetola disclosed this while receiving a panel report from the Forestry Committee in his office in Osogbo.
Oyetola who expressed delight with the outstanding performance of the committee said it was inaugurated to sanitise the sector, block leakages and promote efficiency and accountability.
Oyetola said his administration remained resolute to bring out the best in all sectors in order to drive up the revenue profile of the state
The governor thanked the committee for doing a very wonderful job at enhancing and expanding the revenue capacity of the state.
“The Committee has done well by reposing confidence in us that forestry is another area where handsome revenue can be generated.
“To us as a government, we see forestry as an important area where the state must focus its attention to particularly at a period when economic diversification is required.
“We will continue with this tempo to sanitise and refine the system so as to serve as a catalyst for an improved revenue base, socio-economic productivity and prosperity.”
In his address, the Chairman of the committee, Prof. Bayonle Olorede commended the governor for working assiduously to improve the revenue base of the state.
He said the committee blocked some areas of leakage which led to increased revenue for the government.
Describing forestry as a critical revenue generation sector, Olorede hinted that the state revenue on forestry had increased with over 100 per cent.
He said the revenue rose from N10million to N22.5million between January 2019 and March 2019, showing a tremendous improvement in the revenue base of the state compared to what was recorded in 2018.