Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has said that his government has set a target of hitting N20billion monthly internally generated revenue, IGR, before the end his first term in office.
The commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun gave the statement during a One Day Workshop for the State media officers, which was held at the Film Theater of the Ministry.
He said the state’s IGR currently stands between N2b to N2.5billion monthly.
Mr Olatunbosun said the four cardinal focus of the administration were education, primary healthcare, agro-business and security.
He added that all efforts were concentrated at plugging tax holes so as to increase the State’s revenue, urging the media officers to key into the agenda of the governor to achieve the set target.
He said Governor Makinde is set to take the state from a civil service-propelled economy to an agro-business-driven economy.
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He further assured that before the first term of his administration runs out, he will be looking towards achieving about N20billion IGR target.
“You cannot enlighten people as a media practitioner if you are not enlightened.
“Therefore the current administration believes in training of its officers to achieve maximum yield and productivity, especially for them to key into the agenda and aspirations of the government.
He added that the government is pro-people and would always deal with communication from the bottom to the top.
Mr Olatunbosun said “we believe in the use of town hall meetings where all stakeholders would gather and set target for government as well as give feedback on the activities of the administration.”
All these, he said require government media officers to be up-to-date, diligent and efficient as they are the reasons the government embarked on training the officers in this particular cadre among others.
Also at the event was the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Taiwo Adisa and the Executive Assistant to the governor on Administration, Rev. Idowu Ogedengbe, who said the State government was working towards improving human capital index of the state workers towards enhancing the economy of the State.
One of the State Media officers, Temilola Akarah said she benefited immensely from the training as the last time the State government organized such for the media officers was over ten years ago, urging the government to continue to provide facilities needed for their job.