8th December, 2010
With few days to the end of 2010, executives of the Lagos State Pools AgentsÂ Association, LASPAA, are again making a clarion call to some aides of GovernorÂ Babatunde Raji Fashola to expedite action on the proposal the association sent toÂ the state government on the crisis in pools business in Lagos.
President of LASPAA, Major Sammy Ogunyebo (retd.) told P.M.NEWS that GovernorÂ Fashola had directed his Special Assistant on Taxation and Revenue, Mr. Ade IpayeÂ and the Chairman of Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue, Mr. Fowler, to work onÂ the proposal the association sent to the government and come out with a solution toÂ the problems.
â€œWe understood that Mr. Ipaye, who went on holy pilgrimage to Mecca, has returned toÂ the country and has since resumed office. His absence has stalled discussions on theÂ proposal. Now that he is back, we expect that Mr. Ipaye and Mr. Fowler will get downÂ to work to ensure that a governmentâ€™s policy direction comes out from Alausa on howÂ to sanitise pools in Lagos State,â€ said Major Ogunyebo.
The LASPAA president said that the problems his members are facing in the businessÂ have made it impossible for the pools agents to meet their obligations to theÂ government in terms of paying their taxes and annual licence feer regularly.
â€œThat is why I believe if Governor Fashola can save us from the bondage of selfishÂ and greedy pools promoters there will be an enabling environment for the agents toÂ do their business, which will have multiplier effect on their lives.
â€œWe are good citizens of Lagos State. We want to pay our taxes, but the business isÂ not profitable for us to get money to feed. If government can look into ourÂ proposal, I believe at the end of the day, every stakeholder of the business will aÂ cause to smile.