Pay Tax To Facilitate Development, Osun Traditional Ruler Urges People

Pay Tax To Facilitate Development, Osun Traditional Ruler Urges People

 

The need to pay tax by citizens to facilitate development was the main issue during Osun State Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s visit to Iwo on his Thank-You tour, which was rounded off at the weekend.    

The traditional ruler of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi, urged citizens to pay tax to generate fund for development.

“There is no other way than to pay tax. We cannot continue to rely on funds from the Federation Account if we want to develop this state. What if there is no oil money,?” the traditional ruler said.

The First Class monarch offered to lead the government’s campaign to persuade the people on the need for tax payment, adding: “If you don’t pay tax, it is a shame. But if you pay, the government will fix roads and put other infrastructure in place.”

He emphasised that developed countries rely on tax payment, saying “even at home here, Lagos functions because of payment of tax. Our people must be ready to pay tax.”

The Oluwo added: “Tax is a vehicle of development, tax is as important as government itself in any society; it defines the rate of development in any state.

“If there is no fund, no iota of development can take place. So if we want our basic needs like good roads, electricity supply, portable water among others to be championed by the government, then, the time has come for us to be paying our taxes regularly.

‎”Also, if we want genuine development; continuity of good governance and real ‘change’, all hands must be on deck to support the government with tax payment.

“As for me, I understand the importance of tax to government and good governance because in the years past, it was traditional rulers that mobilized people to meet their civic responsibilities to government‎.

“I will volunteer myself to actualize the dream of Governor Oyetola-led government to improve on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for the betterment of all.

He also advised the governor not to be afraid of taking loans, as long as it is for the development of the state.

“There is nothing wrong in taking loans for infrastructure development. Go ahead and access facilities to develop this state as long as the loan is not for consumption,” he said

Governor Oyetola, who took office on November 27, 2018, was in Iwo during his tour of the nine federal constituencies in the state to thank the people for voting him.

He told the traditional ruler that he was ready to sign a pact with the people to utilise whatever is paid as tax in any community to develop the place.

Oyetola said: “As it is being suggested, I’m ready to sign an agreement with the people to use whatever they pay as tax to develop their community. Payment of tax is cardinal to development.” He urged the people to continue to cooperate with the government.

Apart from Iwo, the tour which started in Osogbo, the state capital, took the governor to Ila Orangun, Ikirun, Ede, Ikire, Ile Ife, Ijebu Jesa and Ilesa.

In all the stops, the governor visited traditional rulers before holding town hall meetings. Besides the thank you, the governor also listened to the communities for feedback and to hear what their needs were.

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state presented the party’s candidates to the people and solicited support to elect them and for the people to give President Muhammadu Buhari a second term to deepen the reforms he has initiated.

Apart from rallying support for Buhari’s re-election, Governor Oyetola urged the people to elect APC candidates into the House of Assembly because “a hostile legislature won’t allow the governor to perform optimally.”

  

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