Mr Bashiru Adeniji, Chairman, Ado Odo/Ota Local Government, on Thursday said the council generated over N48.6 million revenue between January and August 2018.

Adeniji made this known in Ota, Ogun, while receiving members of the Ogun House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, who were on oversight visit to the council’s secretariat.

He noted that the revenue generated represented 52 per cent of the expected revenue for the period under review.

The chairman explained that the revenue was generated from rent on government buildings, rent on land, earnings, licence, fees, sales, fines, extraordinary items and others.

Adeniji said that the council would develop more strategies in order to generate more revenue.

According to him, the local government had implemented Health Management Scheme for the informal sector tagged “Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Riders Scheme’’, for commercial motorcyclists in the council area.

He said that the council had also introduced property identification and ownership registration schemes.

“We have also provided conducive learning environment for the pupils of Ansar-Ud-Deen Primary School, Ota, by reconstructing four classrooms and offices with ante-rooms,’’ Adeniji said.

He explained that the non-remittance of statutory 10 per cent Internally Generated Revenue by the state to the local government, was part of the challenges faced by the council.

Responding, Mr Tunde Sanusi, the Committee Chairman, urged the council to improve on its capital expenditure, saying that it was necessary for the people at the grassroots to enjoy dividends of democracy.

He explained that if all the potential of the local government were harnessed, considering its proximity to Lagos, it would give room for more revenue to come into the coffer of the local government.

Mr Olawale Alausa, Minority Leader and a member of the committee, urged the council to ensure that the welfare of staff was taken care of, especially the legislative arm of the council.

Alausa also urged local governments across the state to be creative and also ensure they blocked all revenue leakages for the betterment of the people.

The committee also appraised the budget performance of Ewekoro Local Government and Sango/Ijoko, Iju/Atan/Ilogbo and Ifekowajo (Oke Odan) Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) .

Other members of the committee included Akinpelu Aina, Ganiyu Oyedeji, Razak Oduntan and Harrison Adeyemi.

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