The Ogun State government has reassured members of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and other investors in the State of its commitment to continue to improve the business environment in the State just as it has granted a 50 percent discount on all year 2020 Land Use and Amenities charge paid by September 30, 2020.

The State Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe, revealed this during the 15th Quarterly Stakeholders Engagement meeting between the State Government and members of MAN, Ogun State branch, held virtually, via the Zoom network.

Mrs. Longe said, as part of its commitment to improve the business environment and rejuvenate the State’s economy, the Prince Dapo Abiodun-led administration has inaugurated the Ogun State Business Environment Council, to “focus on sustainable reforms to address constraints impeding the ease of doing business in the State and limiting effective private sector participation.”

The Commissioner noted that to ensure the success of business operations and movement of raw materials, as well as finished goods, the State government was already at an advanced negotiation with the Federal Government, on reconstruction of the Atan-Agbara road, just as it was currently constructing the Ijebu-Ode-Epe road through a similar approach, adding that rehabilitation works on different roads were in progress in Ota, Abeokuta, Sagamu, Ijebu-Ode and other axis within the State.

She said the present administration had inaugurated a Revenue Harmonisation Committee, to identify and resolve all matters concerning multiple taxes, revenues and illegal toll collection, so as to encourage ease of doing business in the State.

The Chief Economic Adviser and State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Dapo Okubadejo, while also reiterating government’s efforts on the harmonization of taxes in the State, said the Prince Dapo Abiodun-led administration considered the interest of businesses in the State and therefore granted the 50 percent discount.

Okubadejo added that ‘’tax payers, who pay their Land Use and Amenities charge between October 1st and 31st, 2020 would enjoy 25 percent discount, while payment made between November 1st and 30th, 2020 would attract 10 percent discount’’, assuring that those who had already paid before the government decision would get their credit.

While cautioning tax payers against paying to any agent, he stated that the tax payment could only be made online or via the remita platform, stressing that government through its mobile courts has started prosecuting illegal tax collectors in the State.

Delivering the welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Olu. Ola. Aikulola commended MAN for its continued contribution to the development and industrialisation of the State, as well as its donation of palliative packages during the Covid-19 pandemic, calling on the Association to continue to be a dependable ally of the State.

In his address, Chairman of the Association, Mr. Seleem Adegunwa, who described the meeting as “very encouraging”, lauded the Ministry for providing support for manufacturers in the State, as well as acting promptly towards addressing their concerns.