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Ondo revenue agency sensitises property owners on Land Use Charge



By Seun Ibiyemi

The Ondo State Internal Revenue Service (ODIRS) has embarked on road show in Ondo West Local Government Area to sensitise property owners toward increasing the level of compliance to Land Use Charge in the state.

The ODIRS Head of Department of Land Use Charge, Mr Fidelis Fadugbagbe, told newsmen in Ondo town on Monday that although the compliance level in the area was encouraging, the road show was aimed at making it better.

He noted that most of the commercial property owners in the area had paid, appealing to residential building owners to also comply.

He said that the present administration in the state had stopped multiple charges on property and made Land Use Charge payment convenient for the people.

“People will pay tenement rate, land use and other charges, but the government says that multiple taxation should stop and direct that it should be collected together and later shared based on agreed percentage between the state and the 18 local governments.

“Now, once you pay Land Use Charge, it covers both tenement rate, land use and other taxes,” he said

Fadugbagbe appealed to property owners to pay their Land Use Charge, saying, “it will bring rapid development to their area, aside what the government will do, ODIRS as a collection agency will also encourage them with community impact project.

“The project may be street light, grading of roads or borehole; project within our budget because we are not a contract awarding agency, but we will take it upon ourselves to encourage any community that comply with the payment of their Land Use Charge.

“We will invite the community that are paying and ask them what can we do for them within our budget just to encourage them to be consistent in the payment,” he said

Earlier, the ODIRS Station Manager in the local government, Mr Samuel Awosusi, urged property owners to comply with the payment of their Land Use Charge.

Awosusi said the bill payable are from N1,000 to N10,000, adding that people living in the low value zones will pay N1,000, while N3,000 to N5,000 for medium value zones and N7,000 to N10,000 for people living in high value zones.

He said the payment was for landlords and not for tenants.

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Edo Guber: INEC releases final list of candidates



The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has announced the final list of candidates for the forthcoming Edo State Governorship Election.

This is even as the Commission said that the political parties are permitted to start campaign in public from Wednesday 24th April 2024.

The campaigns will end at midnight on Thursday 19th September 2024.

In a statement by Sam Olumekun,
National Commissioner & Chairman,
Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC disclosed that 17 political parties have fielded candidates for the election out of which 16 are male while one is female.

Olumekun said the final list has been published at INEC’s office in Edo State and also uploaded to the Commission’s website and social media platforms for public information.

“The Commission is pleased to announce the publication of the final list of candidates for the Edo State Governorship Election. Following the initial primaries, the Commission published the personal particulars of the Governorship candidates and their running mates in our State and Local Government offices in Edo State.

“Overall, seventeen (17) political parties are fielding candidates in the election. Sixteen (16) are male while one (1) is female. The final list, which also gives the breakdown of the candidates by age, academic qualifications and disability, has been published at our office in Edo State and also uploaded to our website and social media platforms for public information.

“With the publication of the final list of candidates for the Edo State Governorship Election, the next activity is electioneering campaign.

“Therefore, Political Parties are now permitted to start campaign in public from Wednesday 24th April 2024 and end at midnight on Thursday 19th September 2024 as indicated in items 8 and 12 of the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election,” parts of the statement read.

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Tinubu unveils African Counter-Terrorism summit



President Bola Tinubu unveiled the African Counter-Terrorism Summit at the Office of the National Security Adviser in Abuja on Monday.

The event which is currently ongoing and organised by Nigeria, with support from the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, will be held from Monday to Tuesday, April 23, 2024, with the theme: ‘Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Institution Building to Address the Evolving Threat of Terrorism’.

The Presidency announced on Sunday that the summit aims to enhance multilateral counter-terrorism cooperation.

Details later…

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Number of inmates awaiting trial soars by 70% in Kano — NCoS



The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS),  Kano State Command, says 70 per cent of inmates are awaiting trial across the custodial centres in the state.
The Public Relations Officer of the Command, SC Musbahu Lawan, disclosed this while addressing newsmen at the State Headquarters on Monday in Kano.
He said that overcrowding was a challenge to the smooth operation of the NCoS in the state, as the number of awaiting trial inmates had tripled that of convicted inmates in the state.
“Statistics show that only 30 per cent of inmates are convicted in the correctional service, while inmates awaiting trial constitute 70 per cent of the total number of inmates in the state.
“Most of the inmates awaiting trial have stayed in custody with their cases yet to be determined by the courts.
“Our laws give us the power to transfer convicted inmates to any facility in the country, so if the inmates awaiting trial are eventually convicted there won’t be congestion,” Lawan said.
He noted that convicted inmates were easier to manage as they were mandated to engage in the various reformatory programmes, an opportunity which awaiting trial persons might  not have.
“Most of the convicted inmates also benefit from the educational programmes in the custodial centres.
“In Kano, 38 convicted inmates sat for and passed the NECO, SSCE and are now seeking for admission at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
“Due to increased interest of the inmates to study, the service is working with NOUN to establish more study centres in the custodial centres in the state,” Lawan said.
He said that one of the challenges was lack of study facilities like computers and study materials.
Lawan said the Federal Government had introduced the non-custodial measures like parole, community service and  probation among others, to address the overcrowding conundrum in custodial centres.
He commended some judges for complementing the Federal Government’s effort by making maximum use of non custodial sentencing.
“NCoS  will continue to pursue its mandate of keeping safe and humane custody of the legally interned, while protecting the society safer by reforming rehabilitating and reintegrating offenders,” Lawan said
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