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There is obvious anxiety and palpable apprehension in Osun State, as Federal Government deducted the sum of N2.01bn from the last allocation accruing to the state to service external debt and other contractual obligations.

According to a from the Federation Account Allocation Committee, which was prepared by the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, the aggregate deductions from all states for the month of September was N35.51bn.

It added that while State tops the list of states with the highest deductions of N3.23bn, Osun came second with N2.01bn.

It is against this backdrop that the Chairman, Commissioners of Finance Forum of the Federation Account Allocation Committee, Mr David Olofu, in an with newsmen in Abuja, called for concerted efforts by all critical stakeholders to towards boosting the revenue base of the nation.

He specifically implored revenue generating agencies to do more in opening more frontiers for generating revenues into the federation account, as the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Mr. Clem Agba challenged Commissioners of Budget and Economic Planning in all the states to be innovative and proactive.

Agba, who gave the charge recently at the meeting of the forum of Commissioners of Budget and Economic Planning, emphasized the urgent need for them to devise alternatives means of generating revenues for their states to complement allocations from the Federation account and for the purpose of appreciable economic development.

However, all efforts to get reactions from the duo of Commissioner for Finance in Osun , Prince Bola Oyebamiji, as well as his counterpart from the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Professor Olalekan Yinusa, proved abortive, as the two individuals refused to answer several phone calls put through to them by our Correspondent, neither did they respond to text messages.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Osun Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Gbite Ademikanra through a text message informed our Correspondent of efforts putting in place to jack up Internally generated revenues in the state, saying the administration of Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, through the agency has ”fantastically and creatively worked to boost the state’s IGR without placing unnecessary burden on the people of the state”.

Ademikanra explained that the IGR of the state has tremendously improved by almost 100 percent.

He said: ” As at June 30th, , the state had generated N10.2bn, indicating an average of 1.7bn of IGR monthly, as against N10.4bn for the whole of 2018, with average of N860m per month”.

A civil society organisation, Advocacy for Liberty and Civil Responsibility has carpeted the All Progressives , APC, and the last administration in the state for what it termed ‘reckless spending and lack of fiscal consciousness’.

The National Coordinator of the group, Comrade Shola Igbalajobi further berated the incumbent Minister for Interior, Mr Rauf , who was the former in Osun State of throwing the state into serious debt without a convincing justification.

Igbalajobi argued that there is neither record of logical expenditure, nor the level of infrastructural development in the state to justify ‘heavy debt’ hanging on the neck of the state .

”I think the state is in serious mess by these deductions, it is a clear manifestation of the huge debt incurred by the last administration of Ogbeni Aregbesola, as a of reckless spending and lack of financial savvy.

”I wonder how the state will survive in the face of this reduction, considering the meager allocation accruing to it from the Federation account.

‘It is indeed very unfortunate that the state is having sleeping State of Assembly with docile and timid leadership that do not even know how to bark let alone going ahead to bite, otherwise, the parliament would have called Aregbesola for questioning, how could he have incurred so much debt with little or nothing to show for it.

‘Also, the incumbent Governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola lacks requisite moral standing to initiate any probe, having be a determining factor in the last administration” he resorted.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Benue: Gov. Ortom approves N30, 999 as minimum wage

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The Samuel Ortom-led Benue State Government has approved the sum of N30, 000 new minimum wage for civil servants in the state.

This was disclosed to DAILY POST, on Thursday, by Ortom’s Adviser on Labour Matters, Hon. Ode Enyi.

According to Enyi, Ortom gave the approval during a meeting in the state.

He said: “Buhari approved N30. 999k today at a meeting.”

On when it will take effect, Enyi said: “We are yet to conclude the consequential adjustments and when that is done we will get a date of the take-off.”

Recall that Ortom had in December last year said his administration was willing to pay the N30,000 national minimum wage but would do better if the revenue sharing formula undergoes an upward review.

Ortom stated this while explaining that an upward review of the revenue sharing formula in the country would ensure more money was made available to states and local governments for greater development.

He had spoken at the Benue Peoples in Makurdi, the state capital, when the Federal Commissioner representing Benue State at the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, Chief Adaa Maagbe paid him a courtesy visit.

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Alfa caught on camera raping 5-year-old girl in mosque

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A prosecution witness in a defilement case against a cleric, Abdulsalam Salaudeen, on Thursday, narrated how he allegedly caught the defendant in the act with a hidden camera.

Mr Ebenezer Omejalile, a social worker and child protection consultant, testified before an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court.

He was led in evidence by Mr Akin George, lead state prosecutor.

Salaudeen, 43, who resides at No. 16, Awoyemi St., Ikotun, , is facing a charge of child defilement contrary to Section 137 of the Criminal Law of , 2015.

Omejalile told the court that a hidden camera was set up in a Lagos mosque, which captured the cleric engaging in sodomy with a pupil.

Omejalile told the court how he got wind of Salaudeen’s alleged unlawful act.

“A community-mandated reporter drew my attention to what was happening in the community.

“She said that Alfa Abdulsalam had been abusing children who attend his Islamic school in the community,” the witness said.

Omejalile said that he then embarked on a “social inquiry” and found the claim to be true.

“We (Omejalile and his team members) also found out that he was not just a cleric, he was regarded as a demi-god in the community.

“We got a laser camera and we planted the laser camera within the vicinity of the mosque,” he said.

The witness said that the camera caught Salaudeen in the act of defiling one of his pupils, a five-year-old girl (name withheld).

The social worker said the graphic footage was obtained and transferred into a mobile phone.

He said the mobile phone was taken to the Child Protection Unit of the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development.

He said that staff of the unit, however, refused to attend to the matter, causing him go to the police.

“When I got there, they were not ready to attend to the issue; they told me in Yoruba that they did not want to see something unusual.

“I proceeded immediately to the of the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), I gave him a copy of the footage which was sent to the then Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr Edgal Imohimi.

“Initially, the CP found it difficult to believe the video because of its graphic nature and kept asking if I was sure of its authenticity. It took a week for him to act on it.

“Meanwhile, the mandated reporter kept calling me, saying that children were still being sexually abused by the cleric.

“I called the PPRO to immediately act on it or the press would be contacted, and on Dec. 28, 2018, a team was set up to arrest the Alfa,” he testified.

He told the court that the team comprised himself, police officers from the State Investigation Bureau (SIB) and the Gender Unit.

Omejalile said that on the day scheduled to effect the defendant’s arrest, Gender Unit refused to go with the team to apprehend Salaudeen.

He said when the team arrived at Igando, the defendant was absent and members of the community were resistant, and when Salaudeen arrived, he feigned ignorance of the mission of the police team.

The witness said that even when the name of the five-year-old girl, who the defendant allegedly molested was mentioned to give him a hint of the mission, he insisted he knew nothing about it.

“We went to the home of the survivor in the video and met her mum who was plaiting her hair, and the survivor was identified,” he said.

Omejalile said that the team wanted leave the community with 10 pupils of the Islamic cleric but youths who gathered around became hostile.

“I pulled one of the youths aside and I showed him the video and he immediately calmed the other youths down.

“After all the arguments, the Alfa resisted and still said he did not know why he was being taken away; when we told him it was on the CP’s orders, he agreed,” he said.

Omejalile said that the defendant was taken to the SIB located in Ikeja, where he continued to deny committing the offence until he was shown the video footage.

“When the video was shown to him, he burst into tears and accepted that he committed the crime.

“The 10 other children from his Islamic school were taken to the Juvenile Welfare Centre located at Alakara.

“We had called their parents to identify them after they were picked up from the mosque.

“At a point, the Child Protection Unit of the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development took over the children,” the social worker said.

At this point, George requested that the case be adjourned because there was no electricity to play the graphic video in the courtroom.

Justice Abiola Soladoye adjourned the case until Feb. 10 for continuation of trial, NAN reports.

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