Professor Abass Olajire, a lecturer at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), has died.

Late Olajire slumped and died while worshipping inside a mosque on Friday, September 17, according to a statement made by the school PRO, Lekan Fadeyi.


“He slumped at the Ansarul Deen Mosque, Stadium Road and was confirmed dead at the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital” he said

The professor was declared dead at the LAUTECH teaching hospital, according to Fadeyi.

Olajire is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University and the University of Ibadan, and joined Ladoke Akintola University of Technology as an assistant lecturer in 1990.

May his soul rest in peace.

In other news, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has issued a warning that a hurry to the national parliament to modify the Value Added Tax law is imminent.

Akeredolu said he believes those who oppose states collecting VAT instead of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) will fail in an interview with Channels Television after presiding over a meeting with his Southern colleagues who agreed that states should collect VAT.

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He said; 

“Our (the states’) position is that having looked at the law, it is there clearly for us to see that taxation, or what we call consumption taxes, falls within the purview of a state, and only a state can charge consumption taxes. 

“And I believe that those who are against it know of it. If they don’t know, people will not be rushing to the National Assembly for an amendment that will not see the light of the day; it will be dead on arrival.”

Governor Akeredolu further stated that the forum’s resolution on VAT collection is not a new viewpoint.

He added; 

“What we did yesterday was to go back to our position in the Asaba Declaration.

 “In Asaba, we made it very clear without mincing words that we are committed to the practice of true federalism; that is all we are saying, and fiscal federalism is part of true federalism.

“So, there is no need for us to run away from it. There are many more states that will join and there are some that will not join because at the end of the day, whatever we arrive at, they will be binding on all the states and what the southern governors have resolved is not new.”



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