Ogun assembly passes resolution to prune revenue agents


By Gbenga Oluwatoyin

The Ogun Assembly has passed a resolution proposing to the State Government to limit the number of Revenue Generating Agents/Organisations in the Transport Industry to maximum of three (3) per sector.

The lawmakers who spoke during plenary in Abeokuta on Thursday, noted that it would allow the government to streamline the collection process and avoid leakages of government revenue.

The assembly’s resolution came shortly after members’ submissions on the need to curb revenue leakages and guard against any act that could cause breach of peace in the state.

Consequently, the Majority Leader, Yusuf Sherif ( Ado Odo Ota 1) moved the motion for the passage of the resolution, seconded by Ganiyu Oyedeji (Ifo 11).

Earlier , Mr Oludaisi Elemide (Odeda) explained that the pruning down of the revenue agents in the transport sector was meant to instill sanity in the sector, with a view to ensuring a more reformed ticketing system.

Also, Mr Abayomi Fasuwa (Ijebu-North East), stated that the reduction in the number of the revenue agent would curb the old practice, which often led to loss of revenue to the government or creating unnecessary rancour among the multiple agents engaged.

Other lawmakers who contributed to the debate cited cases of sharp practices reported by government revenue agencies against some independent revenue agents.

They submitted that designated agents should be empowered to ensure holistic revenue management.

The lawmakers expressed concern on the proliferation of transport associations in the state.

They implored the state government not to approve more than three Agents for each sector (Motorbike, Tricycle , Taxis and Minibus ) in the transport sector of the state.

The assembly stressed that accreditation must be done by the State Ministry of Transportation in line with its regulations to promote efficiency and effectiveness.

In another development, the 2022 Supplementary Appropriation Bill forwarded to the Assembly by Gov. Dapo Abiodun has scaled first reading.

Mr Deji Adeyemo, the Clerk of the House did the first reading before the state lawmakers.

The first reading followed the acknowledgement of the Governor’s correspondence dated April 25 .

“This supplementary budget is in view of certain exigencies of government, to re-invigorate funding of some key projects especially in the infrastructure sector which require urgent attention to sustain the gains made so far,” the letter partly read.


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