The performance of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has been amplified by the latest data from the National Bureau of Statistics which puts the increase in the State’s Internally Generated Revenue at 26.4% amid COVID-19 pandemic in the first quarter of 2020, without an increment in taxes.
The report from NBS was immediately followed by commendations and applause for Governor Makinde, whom many described as a performing leader that achieved laudable results without putting unnecessary tax burden on the people of Oyo State.
They suggested that other governors should understudy Makinde’s leadership model to enable them apply same for the overall economic development of the country.
Some even went as far as projecting him for the 2023 presidency, saying he is young, vibrant, progressive, brilliant, transparent and a community leader.
They also added that the Oyo State governor is committed to redefining good governance with a focus on the people.
PDP and APC
Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has courted trouble after he took to Twitter to state that the Peoples Democratic Party is the best friend Nigeria could have, adding that all geopolitical zones deserve a political party that believes in Nigeria and not a party that believes otherwise.
The tweet attracted spontaneous reactions so much that it came up on the spotlight. Many Nigerians who reacted to the post said Atiku’s 2023 ambition was already dead on arrival. They said the current hardship in the country was the doings of both PDP and APC, and therefore called on the electorates to reject both political parties in 2023.
Reactions have trailed the judgement of the Kwara State High Court, which ordered the State Internal Revenue Service to pay the sum of N104,908,939.57 to three tax consultants, for the professional services they rendered to the agency.
According to reports, the three consultants, Adeyemi Sheriff, Adedoyin Sanni and Bamidele Ogunlowo, operating under the trade name Mazars Consulting, had in their suit demanded N104.9m as payment for their services leading to the establishment of Kwara Internal Revenue Service, and a separate sum of N464,856,418.86 as their 10 percent commission on the revenues which they assisted the state to generate.
The consultants claimed that KWIRS gave them the task of conducting the tax audit of 52 federal ministries, departments and agencies, leading to the recovery of N5.4bn for the Kwara State Government.
The court, in a ruling by Justice E.B. Mohammed, affirmed the N104.9m claim by the consultants and ordered that they should be paid, but gave KWIRS the leave to defend the N464.8m claim by the consultants.
In affirming the N104.9m claim by the consultants, Justice Mohammed noted that though KWIRS denied engaging the consultants, it had by a letter dated March 4, 2019 admitted owing them the sum of N104.9m for their services.
Reacting to the judgement, a cross-section of Nigerians on social media lauded the court for upholding the principle of neutrality, being that it is an arm of the state government.
They therefore called on Kwara State Government to obey the court’s order and immediately effect the payment, adding that the consultants deserved the fruit of their labour, hence they should not be deprived of it.