Critics Condemn Ogun Gov over N95,000 Levy on Private Companies

Critics Condemn Ogun Gov over N95,000 Levy on Private Companies

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Dr. Dapo Abiodun, Ogun State governor

The popularity of the Governor Dapo Abiodun’s led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration in Ogun state has once again suffered a serious dent as critics of the government have started lambasting it for mandating all private companies operating in the state to pay the sum of N95,000 for their premises to be disinfested and disinfected for Coronavirus.

The Ogun State Ministry of Environment had in a letter sent out to privative companies given them a seven-day ultimatum to pay the sum of N95,000 to have the premises of their companies fumigated by the State government.
According to the government, the move is in tandem with the plan of the State to achieve a well sanitised environment for healthy living.
The letter read, “While the State government has carried out the disinfection exercise in most public places, owners of private properties and organisations have been directed to likewise do the same for their properties, particularly for properties been used for commercial or industrial purposes where members of the public patronise”.
The Ministry further clarified that in order to ensure uniformity, the Ministry has deployed accredited fumigators to affected properties throughout the state.
The letter indicated that the cost implication for each facility include, Service charge – 80,000; and Certification fee – 15,000.
Comapies who are ready to comply have been directed to pay the fee into an account number: 1000298540 with account name: Sekbol & Sons Nig. Enterprises with Gateway Mortgage Bank.
This move by the government generated controversies from members of the public with some accusing the government of insensitivity and wickedness.
They lamented that how would companies that have been short down for over two months find N95,000 to pay in this current harsh economy?
But the government in a swift reaction has called off the exercise, rescinding its earlier announced decision on enforcement of compulsory payment of N95,000 for the disinfection and disinfestation of various private properties in the State.
-Akin Alade