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The Ondo State Internal Revenue Service (ODIRS) today 29th June, 2020 shared the sum of 100 Million Naira between the State and Local Government Areas being the sum collected as Land Use Charge for the year 2020 (January to May).
This was done consequent upon the mandate delegated to ODIRS for the levying and collection of Land Use Charge in the State and sharing same between the State and the Eighteen Local Government Areas in line with the sharing formula provided for, by the Land Use Charge law 2014.
It should be recalled that the Land Use Charge Law was passed by the Ondo State House of Assembly in 2014 and asserted to the then Governor.
The implementation commenced immediately however; no funds was shared with the 18 Local Governments of the State up until 2018.
The cheque for the State was handed to the Accountant General of the State while he was with the HCF to present the cheque for the LGAs to the JAAC members.
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During the presentation of the cheque at the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Akure, Mr. Tolu Adegbie the Executive Chairman of Ondo State Internal Revenue Service gave an account that the sum of # 317.6m less initial set up was shared between the state and local government in 2018 and 2019 while the sum of #100m accrued so far in 2020 was shared today.
The cheque was presented by the Commissioner of Finance Mr. Wale Akinterinwa to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Segun Odunsaya in the presence of Ondo State Joint Allocation Account Committee (JAAC) members.
Presenting the cheque, the commissioner said the present administration had consistently shown transparency and accountability in all facets of governance.
Akinterinwa noted that a good example was the sharing of the land use charge funds between the Local Governments and State Government.
Responding on behalf of the Joint Allocation Account Committee (JAAC) members, Mr. Toyin Ajagunmale appreciated the Executive Chairman ODIRS, Commissioner for Finance and the Government for the commitment of the state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), for the accountability and transparency in respect of the Land Use Charge and in the State as a whole.