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Tunde Fowler: Killing The Goose That Lays The Golden Eggs?

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Tunde Fowler: Killing The Goose That Lays The Golden Eggs?

Who is your Man of the Year?

Alternatively, who deserves the award for the Man of the Year?

No doubt, not a few members of the public will name several prominent individuals who are deserving of this award.

But what is not in doubt is that many may vote  Babatunde Fowler, Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), as their Man of the Year.

If you ask them why, they will quickly reel out his achievements and sterling performances as the head honcho of the FIRS.

It will be recalled that when Fowler took over the leadership of FIRS  in 2015, tax defaulters’ instantly became uncomfortable not essentially because of the tax to pay,  but the models that Fowler would use to extract and milk out unremitting tax from them.

Perhaps, they must have heard or be familiar with the chief tax collector’s history and stellar performance when he headed the board of Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) between 2006 and 2015.

However, it is no longer news that  the Lagsos State-born  trained accountant is not finding things easy at the moment.

He has been  the butt of criticisms by many of his detractors. First, he was reportedly  queried by President Buhari’s Chief of Staff over the alleged shortfall  recorded in the actual tax collections from 2015 to 2018.

But he was said to have  later offered the Presidency a satisfactory answer.

While the dust over the alleged shortfall was yet to abate,  he was alleged to have given the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo , a sum of N90 billion  towards the 2019 general election.

As that was not enough ,Fowler was dragged before a Federal High Court sitting in Kano, which ordered him  to appear before it on October 7 and show cause why he should not be sacked for overstaying his tenure which expired on August 18.

As disclosed in the originating summons, the two defendants were given 30 days to explain why  Fowler, who was appointed on August 20, 2015, has not ceased to hold office as the chairman of FIRS after August 20, 2019 in accordance with the  “decision of the Supreme Court…and having regard to the combined provisions of Section 3(2) (a), Section 4(a) and Section 11 (a) of the act establishing the agency.

But in the face of all this, the question being asked in some quarters is : why do we want to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs?

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Oyetola To Aregbesola: We’re Proud Of You, You Performed Well As Gov, You’re Doing Well As Minister; Those Calling For Nigeria Break-up Ignorant, Says Aregbe 

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The Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola has stated that the state is proud of its former Governor and Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. 

 

Oyetola spoke in Ilesa on Saturday, 5 June, 2021 at an event marking the 64th birthday celebration of the Minister.

 

He noted that the former Governor of the state performed very well while ruling the state and still performing as the Minister Of Interior.

 

Oyetola who was represented at the event by the state Commissioner for Political Affairs and Inter-governmental Relations, Mr Taiwo Akeju, said: “You performed very well in the State of Osun and you are performing well as the Minister of Interior. We are very proud of you.”

 

The events celebrating the 64th birthday of the Minister included the presentation of a book titled “The Rauf I Know “, written by a journalist, Mr Dayo Olanipekun. Mr Olanipekun covered him as state house correspondent for the Broadcasting Corporation of Osun State (OSBC) in his two terms as governor.

 

Speaking later, Ogbeni Aregbesola warned that it would take 50 years for Nigeria to recover from another civil war.

 

He therfore warned Nigerians to desist from any act capable of threatening Nigeria’s unity, describing those calling for the separation of the country as ignorant.

 

Ogbeni Aregbesola said: “Those calling for Nigeria’s break-up are ignorant. Every Nigerian should work for Nigeria’s unity and development.

 

“It will take Nigeria 50 years to recover from civil war. Whoever likes women and children should not support, but rather condemn any call of separation and conduct capable of threatening Nigeria’s unity.

 

“Nigeria is a country created by God for us and for the black race.

 

“I am not saying everything that is happening in Nigeria is good. We should treat the problems and challenges facing Nigerians, not calling for her break-up. Decapitation is not the antidote for headache”.

 

Aregbesola also declared support for a new caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC), The Osun Progressives (TOP), saying that he is in support of any move to consolidate progressives legacies in the State of Osun, strengthen the party from the polling units, wards and local government levels and strengthen internal democracy in the party, which are clearly stated in the objectives and mission of TOP.

 

In his address, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, said that Aregbesola’s legacy in the development of the State will forever linger in the sands of time.

 

The Ooni of Ife who spoke via Zoom noted that the State of Osun and its people cannot forget Aregbesola as his achievements are beyond what anyone can rubbish.

 

“We will forever remember him. Your work will never cease to reflect in the sands of time. It is during his tenure that landmark achievements occurred in Osun which we cannot forget.

 

“We can never forget you. Your achievements are beyond what anyone can rubbish. We are proud of you and what you represent.”

 

The Registrar of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof Ishaq Oloyede, who delivered a lecture titled “Power is responsibility” at the event, urged Nigerian political leaders to be responsible with power.

 

Oloyede who was represented by Dr Wahab Oyedokun, tasked politicians to operate with ideology that address people’s yearnings.

 

Speaking at the event, Chief Mrs Tokunbo-Awolowo Dosumu, daughter of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, said Aregbesola is among the few Nigerian politicians that identify with and promote Awolowo’s legacy.

According to Dosumu, Aregbesola has always been committed to all the activities of Awolowo Foundation, describing him as an exemplary leader.

 

Politicians, traditional rulers, trade union groups and people from all walks of life from the state and across the country graced the occasion, while others spoke via zoom.


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Reps to Buhari, Declare state of emergency on security now

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The House of Representatives has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security, as a result of the consistent attacks that have made many to abandoned  their homes to avoid falling victim of death, kidnapping, rape etc.

According to sources, the House held a record three-hour executive (closed-door) session that lasted three hours on Tuesday, from where the lawmakers unanimously adopted a series of resolutions.

Emerging from the meeting, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, read out the resolutions part of which the House condemned the attacks on security personnel and formations around the country and sympathised with families of victims.

The House reiterated its commitment to ensuring that country is secured, while announcing its resolve to organise a secial security summit, and invite the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.); the service chiefs, heads of paramilitary agencies and NIGCOMSAT.

The House also resolved that “The President should immediately declare emergency on security sector,” while calling on the judiciary to accelerate trial of suspected terrorists, bandits and others criminals.

“The President should as a matter of urgency ensure financial autonomy for local governments,” the lawmakers said, while calling on the Federal Government to ensure protection of national infrastructure across the country.

While asking all security committees to immediately audit arms and ammunition of security agencies within four weeks, the House stated that “the number of personnel in police and military fall far short to effectively secure the country,” calling for an immediate recruitment of operatives.

 


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Ondo orders ex-deputy governor to return all vehicles

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The Ondo State Government on Wednesday ordered former deputy governor of the state, Mr Agboola Ajayi to return the remaining two vehicles out of the initial four that was in his possession.

Meanwhile, Ajayi insisted that there were only two vehicles in his possession and he is ready to return the two vehicles for peace to reign.

But the state government insisted that there were four vehicles with him and he should return the remaining two.

According to the statement made available to Journalists by the Senior Special Assistant to the State Governor on Special Duties and Strategy, Dr Doyin Odebowale.

The statement disclosed that Odebowale asked the former deputy governor to return the two vehicles or be ready to face the consequence.

It was revealed that the four vehicles belonging to the government with Mr Ajayi are a Toyota Land Cruiser SUV (new), two Hilux vans (new) and Toyota Hilux (fairly used).

Odebowale said, “It is laughable to read from Mr Ajayi that he has chosen to return two vehicles as an act of magnanimity.

“Returning properties converted is not an act of sacrifice or statesmanship. The alternative will be to confront a gruelling criminal trial for stealing.”

While saying that the former deputy governor should not have left office with government’s vehicles, he added “Mr Ajayi should do the needful or be ready for the consequences.”


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