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four banks, six hotels, companies sealed by Oyo govt

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By Yinka Adeniran, Ibadan

Oyo state government on Thursday sealed off six hotels, four commercial banks, three filling stations and seven companies for defaulting from paying the state’s land use charges.


In line with government’s Land Use Charge revenue demand bill, the State enforcement team sealed off the affected business facilities for failing to pay the required tax.


The government said it took the decision to seal off the facilities after several reminder and discount offered were not taken advantage off.

The properties which fall under the premises that have been captured by the Oyo State government property enumeration exercises were served bill for over 90 days and were expected to comply with the Land Use Charge obligation.

According to the government, most of the businesses owed millions, and the first phase of the exercise to seal was carried out across all local governments within the Ibadan metropolis.

Speaking after the exercise, Chairman of the state Board of Internal Revenue, Aremo John Adeleke said the exercise was targeted at urging the state businesses to be alive to their responsibilities to enable government provide security, infrastructure and other essentials necessary to make businesses thrive.

The chairman said the State government has given, as palliative, an additional ten percentage discount to complement the initial 25 percent discount on all taxes to ensure that the businesses stay afloat in the face of economic realities posed by the COVID-19 scourge.

Aremo Adeleke added that the Government was poised to generate all taxes from business owners without any inimical effect on their ventures to sustain economic growth in the state, adding that the enforcement would continue till the end of the year.

He said, “The focus of the drive is not to close down or ground any business but to give a push to businesses to assist government in creating a better business premise for them to thrive.”

He therefore appealed to them to pay all taxes, levies and bills to government because there would not be economic growth when all tax payers are not thriving in their businesses.

He said that the State government has increased its internal revenue by over 26 percent and that the State was on a growth trajectory, which makes it easy for the government to give business palliative of 35 percent discount on taxes to increase the capacity of businesses to pay.

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Nigerian-born Attorney Adewale ‘Wally’ Adeyemo nominated as Joe Biden’s Deputy Treasury Secretary

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US President-Elect, Joe Biden, has announced the latest wave of appointments and nomination for his economic team. On the list, is a Nigerian-born attorney, Adewale ‘Wally’ Adeyemo, as deputy Treasury secretary. If confirmed, Adeyemo would be the first African American Deputy Secretary of the Treasury.


He currently is the first President of the Obama Foundation in Chicago. He was a former senior international economic adviser during the Obama administration and will serve under Janet Yellen, who is set to lead the Treasury Department.

Biden-Harris Presidential Transition website describes him as “A leader with deep experience across both the economic and national security space, Adeyemo has served as a trusted adviser to the country’s foremost policymakers in times of crisis”.

After his nomination, Wally shared on Twitter: “Public service is about offering hope through the dark times and making sure that our economy works not just for the wealthy, but for the hard-working people who make it run. As Deputy Treasury Secretary, I look forward to helping us build back our economy better.”

Here are a few facts about him:

  • He was born in Nigeria and raised in southern California’s Inland Empire.
  • Adeyemo received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his JD from Yale Law School.
  • Before and after his service in the Obama-Biden Administration, he has advised a range of leading non-profit and private sector organizations, including the Center for Strategic & International Studies.
  • During the Obama-Biden Administration, Adeyemo served as the President’s senior international economic adviser and held a broad range of posts, including Deputy National Security Advisor, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, the first chief of staff of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and senior advisor and deputy chief of staff at the Department of the Treasury.

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Florence Ajimobi shares emotional video as she celebrates 40th wedding anniversary with late husband (Video)

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Abiola Ajimobi may be late but the memories and love he shared with his wife, Florence Ajimobi still lives on, as she marks their 40th wedding anniversary today, November 30.


Florence AJimobi celebrates


Mrs. Ajimobi took to Instagram to share an emotional video of the sweet moments shared with her husband. The video showed that the couple were deeply in love before his unfortunate demise.

Recall that the former Governor of Oyo state died on Thursday, June 25 2020, in Lagos from coronavirus complications.

Reminiscing on the moment they officially tied the knot, she noted that they got married at the Mapo Hall in Ibadan 40 years ago.

According to the former first lady, their marriage was filled with love, laughter, mutual respect and peace.

She wrote,

40 years ago, I signed the dotted lines to a lifetime commitment and unconditional love in matrimony between myself and my husband, @abiolaajimobi at Mapo Hall, Ibadan.
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Our marriage was filled with love, laugher, mutual respect and peace. We were indeed a perfect team and I thank God for the privilege of being wife to this wonderful man for 40 years

Watch the video below,

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The Armed Forces have been given the marching order to take the fight to the insurgents – Buhari reacts to Zabarmari massacre

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President Muhammadu Buhari has again reacted to the killing of 43 rice farmers by Boko Haram insurgents in Zabarmari community of Borno state.

The Nigerian President in a statement released on Monday November 30, said the Armed Forces have been given the marching order to take the fight to the insurgents, not on a one-off, but on a continuous basis.

Buhari who described the massacre by Boko Haram in Zabarmari as senseless, barbaric, gruesome and cowardly, added that the federal government will be intensifying its cooperation with neighbouring countries on bilateral and multilateral levels, to ensure that there is no hiding place for the terrorists.

The statement read;

Nothing is more important than ensuring the security of lives and property of Nigerians. Everything is secondary when security is at stake. I will ensure that more resources are made available to the military and other security agencies to prosecute the war against terrorism.

As we mourn all the lives lost in Zabarmari, the Armed Forces have been given the marching order to take the fight to the insurgents, not on a one-off, but on a continuous basis, until we root out the terrorists.

We will intensify our cooperation with neighbouring countries on bilateral and multilateral levels, to ensure that there is no hiding place for the terrorists.

As I noted earlier, the massacre by Boko Haram in Zabarmari is nothing short of senseless, barbaric, gruesome and cowardly. It reinforces our resolve to root out all forms of insurgency and insecurity not just in Borno but everywhere across Nigeria.

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