…Egbeyemi urges residents to pay taxes
Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, has said the state government is committed to eliminate fraud in the collection of tax to increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
Egbeyemi also called on the people of the state to support the Kayode Fayemi administration by paying their taxes regularly
According to a statement on Monday by his Special Assistant (Media), Odunayo Ogunmola, Egbeyemi identified tax fraud and evasion as factors responsible for the low revenue base of the state.
The Deputy Governor made the call while addressing traditional rulers, community leaders, civil servants and other stakeholders at a budget consultative forum held at the Government House, Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
Egbeyemi said government will put mechanisms in place to ensure that tax payers receive alerts on their phones as soon as payments are made to ensure accountability in the system.
He stressed that government will not tolerate a situation in which unscrupulous tax officials divert government revenue into their pockets through the printing of their own revenue receipts thereby denying government the funds needed to provide amenities for the people.
The Deputy Governor further explained that government will also appoint experts to monitor revenue collectors to instill probity, transparency and accountability into tax administration and plug loopholes through which its revenue find its way into private pockets.
The state number two citizen said Governor Kayode Fayemi is ready to serve Ekiti diligently and irrevocably committed to its development but the people must play their own part by paying their taxes to enable government meet their needs in providing infrastructure and basic social amenities.
Egbeyemi said: “I want to appeal to our Obas, chiefs and community leaders to cooperate with us by enlightening our people to always pay their taxes for government to render better services to them.
“Majority of our people, except salary earners, don’t pay taxes. It is when we need Certificates of Occupancy or we are asked to produce evidence of tax payment that we will be running up and down.
“We must tell ourselves the truth because you have elected us to serve you. Lagos relies heavily on tax and there is no shop owner or house owner that does not pay tax. We also need your tax to develop Ekiti.”