Ogun, Lagos to Inaugurate Joint Body on Border Tax

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola

As a way of resolving issues arising from tax collection from residents of their border areas and avoiding boundary disputes, a joint committee set up by the governments of Lagos and Ogun States will be inaugurated in Lagos on Monday.

In a statement by the Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu the committee will immediately begin sitting and members will embark on an extensive tour of the border towns.

The commencement of the work of the committee will be signalled by a symbolic visit to a few of the border areas by Governors of the two states, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and Mr Babatunde Fashola.

The 14-man joint committee will be co-chaired by the deputy governors, Prince Segun Adesegun (Ogun) and Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (Lagos).

Other members from Ogun State are Mrs Kemi Adeosun, Commissioner for Finance, Otunba Muyiwa Oladipo, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun, Director General, Bureau of Lands, Mrs. Ronke Adeyokunn, Surveyor General, Mr. Wale Ogunyomade, Special Adviser, Tax and Revenue Matters and Mr. Femi Allen, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor, representing the state Internal Revenue Service (OGIRS).

The Lagos team include Mr Abimbola Sodipo, Special Adviser on Taxation and Revenue, Mr. Hakeem Muri Okunola, Permanent Secretary, Lands Bureau, Otunba Adejiyan Ojora, Permanent Secretary, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Oluremi Olatubosun, Surveyor-General and Mr Babatunde Fowler, Chairman, Lagos State Internal Revenue Services.

The committee is an indication of the existing cordial relationship between the governments of both states and their ability to resolve issues amicably.

Members will undertake clear delineation of boundaries between the states and mark out areas belonging to both states with sign posts for the purpose of revenue generation and development efforts.

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