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  • Yes, Oyo Pacesetter Quarry and Asphalt Plant is Now Back to Full Production

    Claim: Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, claimed recently that the Oyo State Pacesetter Quarry and Asphalt Plant, concessioned to Caboncor International Technology Limited under a public-private partnership arrangement, had started producing asphalt for the construction of our roads in the state.

    Our investigation revealed that the plant is currently functional. Therefore, the governor is correct and the claim is true.

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    In his State of State Address on June 10 2021, delivered before members of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Governor Seyi Makinde said that his administration had rescued some of the state’s moribund facilities, one of which is the Pacesetter Quarry and Asphalt Plant. The plant was concessioned to Caboncor International Technology Limited under a public-private partnership arrangement in 2020.

    Governor Seyi Makinde said, ‘We are resuscitating moribund industries. We concessioned the once-moribund Agbowo Shopping Complex, Ibadan and it is now being upgraded and reconstructed. The Pacesetter Asphalt Plant and Quarry, ljaiye, which we handed over to concessionaires in May last year is now producing asphalt for the construction of our roads.’

    Verification

    A check on Oyo State Investment and Public Private Partnership Agency indicated that commercial activities had commenced as of 31 May 2020 ‘after several years of the facility being moribund.’

    The project which cost N750 million and managed by the concessionaire Messer Caboncor Technology Limited has a reactivation capacity from 100mt/d to 350mt/d within one year from May 31, 2020.

    On the 19 of December 2020, the Voice of Nigeria reports that the quarry ‘is now back to full production,’ giving indication that it was already fully operational, when Governor Makinde paid an on-the-spot assessment visit to the site of the firm.

    Picture taken during a physical inspection of the Quarry

    A June 4 report listed Carboncor International Tech. Ltd, the company managing the Quarry and one other company, as partners in the Oyo State government’s Zero Potholes project, an on-going initiative to rid the state of potholes. According to the report, the two companies were doing the project free of charge for one year, as part of their corporate social responsibility.

    The Quarry site picture

    An inside source who elected to remain anonymous told this writer that the quarry is indeed operating. ‘Yes, we are working. We have got some machines, and have upgraded the quarry from 100 tonnes per hour to 250 tonnes per hour. The Asphalt plant is currently operating at the capacity of 100 tonnes per hour.’

    Conclusion

    Based on media reports, reviews and criticisms, the evidence of the use of the asphalt from the Pacesetter Quarry and Asphalt company in the zero porthole initiative of the Oyo State Government, and the checks by the researcher, it is evident that the quarry is functional, and the Governor’s claim is true.

    The researcher produced this fact-check per Splash FM 105.5, Ibadan with the Dubawa 2021 fellowship partnership, to facilitate the ethos of truth in journalism and enhance media literacy in the country.

  • Is LAUTECH tuition cheapest in South-West as claimed by Gov. Makinde?

    Claim: The Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde recently claimed that the fees charged by Oyo State owned Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) is the lowest in the entire South-West of Nigeria.

    Governor Makinde’s claim that LAUTECH tuition fees is the lowest among state-owned universities in the South West of Nigeria is incorrect.

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    The Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Mainde, claimed recently that the fee charged by the Oyo State owned Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) was the lowest in the South-West of Nigeria.

    He said this on Tuesday, 1st of June 2021, while announcing a 25 per cent reduction in school fees for students of LAUTECH, Ogbomosho, during a brief interaction with the students at the school auditorium in Ogbomosho.

    According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, Makinde said he was thankful to the students for according him warm reception despite the impromptu nature of his visit.

    He also stated that he was happy to fulfill the promise of securing the sole ownership of LAUTECH for Oyo State.

    Makinde said: “I am glad to be back among you. After the 2019 election, I should have returned to say thank you to you but I didn’t want to come until I fulfill what I promised you, which is the sole ownership of LAUTECH by Oyo State.

    “I am still coming back to spend the night here and we will really celebrate then but I can leave you with a parting gift for today. Let me tell you, the LAUTECH fee is still the lowest in the entire South-West. Having said that, I will reduce your fee across board; whether indigenes or non-indigenes, even new students. There will be a reduction of 25 per cent across board.”

     The Situation before June 1st 2021

    The Guardian newspaper of the 1st of June 2021, quoting the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), recalled that ‘hitherto, students of Oyo state origin paid =N= 140,000 while non indigenes paid =N= 170, 000.’

    A check on the fees portal of the website of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology shows the following fees paid by both indigenes of Oyo State and non-indigenes for 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 sessions:

    Tuition Fee For 2017/2018 Set (Indigene)=N= 120,000:00
    Tuition Fee For 2017/2018 (Non-Indigene)=N= 150,000:00
    Tuition Fee For 2018/2019 Set & above (Indigene)=N= 140,000:00
    Tuition Fee For 2018/2019 (Non-Indigene)=N= 170,000:00

    This indicates that the fees for both indigenes and non-indigenes had been increased in the last three years, and these fee regimes obtained up to the June 1st 25 percent reduction by the Governor, and his claim that LAUTECH fees were the cheapest in South West Nigeria.

    With a 25 percent slash in the fees, and when implemented by the Institution, Oyo State Indigenes will pay =N= 105,000 (with =N= 35,000 shaved off their fees) while non-indigenes will pay =N= 127,500 (with =N= 42,500 off the fees regime obtainable before the Governor’s proclamation). 

    Verifying Gov Makinde’s Claim

    The Governor’s claim has prompted a survey of fees payable by fellow state owned Universities in the South West.

    The Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye is owned by the Ogun State government. Although OOU fees are not readily available on the website of the Institution, but a check on a website that focuses on tertiary institutions students needs and aggregates the fees charged by Nigerian universities, recruitmentbeam.com.ng gives the 2021 fees on the bases of faculties as follows: Faculty of Agriculture (77,870.00), Education: Arts and Social Sciences (82,372.00), Engineering (116,296.00), Law (132,996.00) and Medicine (176,396.00)

    For the Osun State University, basic tuition fee for non-science courses includes 130,000 (190,000 with other charges), Nursing/Law 195,000 (265,000), and Medicine 550,000 (630,000).

    Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH) charges 30,000 for state indigenes (making 100,000 when other charges are added) and 60,000 for non-indigenes (150,000) for sciences/agriculture, Engineering 70,000 (150,000), 100,000 (200,000 for non-indigenes) for the 2021/2022 Academic session. Similarly, a check on the other Ondo State owned institution, Adekunle Ajasin University (AAUA) Akoko-Akungba indicates that the institution charges 120,000 (Science and Management Sciences), 100,000 (Agriculture), 80,000 (Arts and Education), and 150,000 (Law) as fees payable by all returning students for the 2021/2022 session.

    As of March 2021, the Ekiti State University (EKSU), also in the South west of Nigeria, charges 140,600 fees for the 2020/2021 session. This amount includes tuition and other charges.

    For the Lagos State University (LASU) students in the Arts and Social Science pay 113,250 for fresh students (86,750 for returning students), Law and Sciences 115,750 (88,250), Engineering 115,750 (143,250 for returning students).

    Comparing Fees Across Southwest Nigeria

    A comparative examination of the fees charged by all universities in the Southwest of Nigeria shows that Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye charges between 77,870 and 176,396 (about the same with LAUTECH), Osun State University 130,000 to 550,000 (higher than LAUTECH, Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH) 30,000 to 60,000 (lower than LAUTECH), Ekiti State University (EKSU), 140,600 (at par with amount paid by indigenes at LAUTECH), Adekunle Ajasin University (AAUA), 80,000 to 150,000 (the maximum fee is somewhere between what indigenes and non-indiges pay at LAUTECH),  and Lagos State University (LASU) 113,250 to 143,250 (far lower than LAUTECH).

     Highlights of average fees charged by state-owned universities in the Southwest  

    Conclusion

    Governor Makinde’s claim that LAUTECH tuition fees was the lowest among state-owned universities in the country, especially in the South West is incorrect, as there are state owned universities in the South west like EKSU and LASU which charge fees lower than, or in the region of fees obtainable in the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH.

    The researcher produced this fact-check per the Dubawa 2021 Fellowship partnership with Splash FM 105.5, Ibadan, to facilitate the ethos of truth in journalism and enhance media literacy in the country.

  • Fact-checking claims on Oyo IGR, Kaduna’s new tax law

    A popular medical doctor and social media influencer, #OurFavOnlineDoc (@DrOlufunmilayo) on Monday said that Oyo state IGR increased by 26.4% without increasing taxes. He also claimed that Governor Nasir el Rufai of Kaduna state plans to tax everyone above 18 in his state.

    “Seyi Makinde promised his government will never increase tax on any Oyo citizen. NBS report showed Oyo State IGR increased 26.4%, despite no extra taxes.

    But El Rufai plans to tax everyone  above 18 in his state- though he has not given everyone jobs.” he wrote in a tweet

    The tweet has since generated almost 2,000 retweets.

    CLAIM 1: Oyo State IGR increase by 26.4% without increasing taxes

    TRUE. Data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed that Oyo State generated 17.7billion naira revenue in the first half of year 2020 higher than the N14 Billion naira it generated in the first half of 2019. 

    CLAIM 2: Governor Nasir el Rufai plans to tax everyone above 18 years in Kaduna

    TRUE. Kaduna State government plans to tax everyone above 18 years 1,000 naira annually from 2021

    Verification

    CLAIM 1: Oyo State IGR increase by 26.4% without increasing taxes

    Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) is the revenue that state governments generate within the areas of their jurisdiction. The various sources of internal revenue available to state governments include taxes, fines and fees, licenses, earnings & sales, rent on government property, interests and dividends, among others.

    Although the claimants did not state a period he was referring to, we based our verification on data for the first half (H1) of 2020 given that he made the claim shortly after Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, posted the same claim on his Twitter page. Efforts to make a definite clarification with him was unsuccessful as messages sent to him were unreplied. 

    “The Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) H1 2020 report shows that our IGR grew by 26.4% even amidst this pandemic. We did this without increasing the tax burden on our citizens. What we have done so far is to focus on our competitive advantage,” Makinde wrote.

    However, data from the National Bureau of Statistics show that Oyo state generated N17.7billion in the first half (H1) of 2020, higher than the N14 Billion it generated during the same period of 2019.

    Also, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, Oyo state revenue in the H1 of 2020 grew by 26.4% compared to the same period in 2019.

    Conclusion: Data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed that Oyo State generated 17.7billion naira revenue in H1 of 2020, higher than the N14 Billion naira the state generated in H1 2019.

    CLAIM 2: Governor Nasir el Rufai plans to tax everyone above 18 years in Kaduna

    Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KSIRS) had on November 10th announced that the state will begin charging adults a compulsory 1,000naira as Development Levy.

    “Payment of Development Levy is compulsory, citizens of Kaduna State from 18 years and above are entitled to pay their development Levy into Kaduna State Revenue Accounts, it’s your civic responsibility to pay your N1,000 as Development Levy.” it posted on its Twitter handle.

    Later, in an interview with DailyTrust, the executive chairman of KSIRS, Dr Zaid Abubakar, said the Economic Development Levy, which the organization will begin collecting from residents in 2021, will motivate the people to be entrepreneurs instead of staying idle.

    Conclusion: True. Kaduna State government plans to tax everyone above 18 years 1,000 naira annually from 2021

    This Fact Check is produced per the Dubawa 2020 Fellowship partnership with Vision FM to facilitate the ethos of “truth” in journalism and enhance media literacy in the country.

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