Communities in Ekiti State have been charged to take advantage of opportunities provided by the newly revitalized State Community Development Agency (EKSCDA) to access more infrastructural development for their communities.
The State Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Chief Toyin Ojo who gave the charge during a visit to the corporate headquarters of the Agency in Ado Ekiti, assured that the organization has been repositioned for improved service delivery with the payment of 100million naira as the State Government’s counterpart fund for the program.
The Commissioner recalled that the Agency was in comatose at the advent of the Fayose administration.
According to him, the problem of the Agency started in 2013 during the last administration and it was resolved late last year 2015 with the payment of the 100million naira counterpart fund which is now referred to as government contribution.
Chief Ojo said that 7 projects being handled by the Agency are currently ongoing adding that another 3 projects at Ikere, Odo Ikoro and Ilamoji in Ado Ekiti were approved by the world Bank last week.
Reiterating the commitment of the Present administration to the rapid development of all communities in the State, Ojo said that the Fayose led government believed that only
investment in infrastructure development can boost economic growth stressing that reconstruction of essential public infrastructure remained an important ingredient for recovery, sustained economic growth and poverty reduction.
Chief Ojo however stressed the importance of prompt payment of taxes, emphasizing that only a robust internally generated revenue can argument the dwindling revenue from the Federation account enough to enable government thoroughly deliver the dividends of democracy and fulfil its electoral promises.
In a related development, the Ekiti State Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Chief Toyin Ojo has warned that the State Internal Revenue Service would henceforth, not hesitate to seal up business premises of any individual or corporate organizations that default in proper documentation and payment for their signage and advertisements.
Ojo who gave the warning when he paid an unscheduled visit to the State Internal Revenue Agency, assured that Government would ensure adequate security for tax officers and provide necessary logistics that would guarantee efficiency.
Responding, the Director (IRS), Mr. Benjamin Adebiyi pledged that the Agency would leave no stone unturned towards improving the State IGR.