OWO RETREAT: ONDO MOVES TO EXPAND REVENUE SOURCES, BLOCK LEAKAGES

..declares commitment to full implementation of TSA

The Ondo State Government has directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the state to institutionalize the concept of “One administration” and implement the mandates in line with the REDEEMED Agenda of the Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu-led administration.

This, among others were part of resolutions reached at the end of a 3-Day Retreat for Political Office Holders and Accounting Officers in Ondo state public service, held at Mydas Hotel and Resort, Owo, Owo Local Government Area of the state.

Earlier in his Keynote Address, the state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, explained that the retreat was necessary to ensure that all MDAs key into the REDEEMED Agenda of the Administration; entrench the culture of One Administration; improve their revenue generation and upscale their productivity.

At the end of the retreat which ended on Saturday, participants resolved among other things that effort must be made to attain full implementation of Treasury Single Account (TSA).

It was also resolved that Ondo State must fully automate revenue collection, expand the revenue sources and block revenue leakages; while MDAs must prioritize and align capital projects with realistic budgetary provisions to ensure timely completion of key developmental projects.

In the communique signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Princess Oladunni Odu and the Head of Service, Pastor John Adeyemo, all MDAs are to adhere strictly to the provisions of Ondo State’s Public Procurement Law (2017), and also engage in peer review with sister agencies both within and outside the State for better performance.

Furthermore, Multilateral and bilateral funding opportunities are to be fully explored for the benefit of the State, even as synergy between political heads and technocrats are to be fostered and adherence to provisions of the regulatory books observed in all official actions.

“State’s Bureau of Statistics should be repositioned for data-driven development of all sectors;

“Public servants should undergo regular capacity building to enable them cascade knowledge gained to their subordinates while ICT competence be made a key qualification for new entrants into the State Public Service;

“Government to sustain its current security effort, particularly the operation of the Ondo State Security Network (Amotekun Corps), for continued protection of lives and properties in the State;

“Government to continue to press for the actualization of the exploration of its vast bitumen reserve, other mineral resources and the development of Port Ondo”, the resolutions said.

Parts of the degraded forest reserves in the State are to be utilized for cash crops for economic benefits, just as Gender mainstreaming and related matters to be continually prioritized by Government.

“Government to institutionalise citizenship engagement and sustain good labour/association relations”, it was added

Published by WonderLady

Journalist, Educationist, Writer, Human Rights Advocate

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