Ekiti: School Principals Charged on Use of Instructional Facilities
***As State Introduces Electronic Receipt Against IGR Leakages
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
Principals and teachers of all secondary schools in Ekiti State have been charged to make judicious use of all instructional materials recently procured and delivered to them by the current Kayode Fayemi-led administration in the state.
The Permanent Secretary, Teaching Service Commission (TSC), Dr. (Mrs.) Adebimpe Osundare gave this charge while fielding questions from Journalists at the flag-off of the materials by the State
Governor, Dr.Kayode Fayemi, who was represented by his Deputy, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi in Ado-Ekiti listed the instructional materials to include 2000 twin Lockers and Chairs, 550 laptops, various textbooks in core subjects and several others which she said would contribute quite largely in repositioning the sector.
Mrs. Osundare, who appreciated the state governor for according priority attention to the sector listed other achievements of the Governor within 100 days in office to include cancellation of payment of both tuition fees and development levy in schools across Ekiti, approval of housing loans to 784 teaching and non-teaching staff and car loans approved for 384 staff of the Commission.
Osundare urged the teachers to justify the huge investment of government in the sector by making necessary contributions to the development of the sector.
She called on parents, guardians and relevant stakeholders in the sector to equally make themselves readily available for positive contributions as government alone could not shoulder all responsibilities in the sector.
The Permanent Secretary counseled the students to shun all social vices commonly exhibited by youths and concentrate on their studies, noting that education remained the only antidote to ignorance and poverty.
Meanwhile, the State Government has commenced the use of electronic receipt (e-receipt) to generate revenue into its coffers with the aim of blocking all leakages in revenue generation and collection.
The Acting Chairman of the State Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Mr Afolabi Adebiyi, who made the disclosure in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital said all government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) have been directed to stop the usage of manual receipts and key into the new regime to make a success of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) concept Ekiti State Government recently introduced.
Mr. Adebiyi, who described the usual 8am-4pm working hours of the Civil Service as a great impediment to revenue collection particularly at off hours, said the State Government has engaged the services of Consultants to minimize the constraints caused by the 8-hour barrier of the working hours of the civil service.
Adebiyi noted that the haulage of goods and farm produce that are usually carried out at night and weeks-end had made government lost revenue on such goods.
According to him, hiring Consultants was germane more so that some collections are also made on weeks-end, and that perpetrators of illegal felling of economic trees often engage in the unwholesome act when civil Servants are off duty.
He lauded the activities of the Consultants so far, saying the State could now boast of two operational electronic platforms which are the Auto-reg and e-receipt centre.
Warning Ekiti people against using middlemen or touts to remit money into the account of government, Adebiyi said government has also introduced Direct Bank Lodgement System (DBLS), which he said would also assist in blocking leakages and boost IGR of the State.
The Acting Chairman assured that the Kayode Fayemi-led government has concluded arrangements to introduce POS for government payments to curb the challenges of queuing to pay in banks.
He urged all government MDAs to always crosscheck all tax papers submitted to them with the Internal Revenue Service to verify the authenticity of such documents, as the gesture would further ensure that proper and adequate amount is paid as tax.
The IRS boss, who noted a marked improvement in the attitude of the people towards payment of tax, however stressed the need for more sensitization and tax education of the people to further boost voluntary compliance.
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