Oyo State government has set a target of hitting N20 billion Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) before the end of the governor Seyi Makinde’s first term in office.
The State’s IGR was reported to be between N2billion and N2.5billion during the tenure of the former governor, Abiola Ajimobi.
This was revealed by the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun at a one-day workshop for the State media officers which held at the Film Theater of the Ministry on Wednesday.
Olatunbosun said the four cardinal focus of the administration was education, primary healthcare, agro-business and security and 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 governor Makinde to achieve the set target.
“It is the belief of governor Seyi Makinde that Oyo State can be taken from a civil service-propelled economy to an agro-business-driven economy and before the first term of this administration runs out, we 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 the training of its officers to achieve maximum yield and productivity, especially for them to key into the agenda and aspirations of the government.
“This government is pro-people and would always deal with communication from the bottom to the top, we believe in the use of town hall meetings where all stakeholders would gather and set the target for the government as well as give feedback on the activities of the administration.
“All these require government media officers to be up-to-date, diligent and efficient, they are the reasons government has embarked on training the officers in this particular cadre among others,” he declared.
Also at the event was the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Seyi 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, Mrs. Temilola Akarah said she benefited immensely from the training as the last time the State government organized such for the media officers was over 10 years ago, urging the government to continue to provide facilities needed for their job.