LASPAA Waits On Fashola's Aides


With few days to the end of 2010, executives of the Lagos State Pools Agents  Association, LASPAA, are again making a clarion call to some aides of Governor  Babatunde Raji Fashola to expedite action on the proposal the association sent to  the state government on the crisis in pools business in Lagos.

President of LASPAA, Major Sammy Ogunyebo (retd.) told P.M.NEWS that Governor  Fashola had directed his Special Assistant on Taxation and Revenue, Mr. Ade Ipaye  and the Chairman of Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue, Mr. Fowler, to work on  the proposal the association sent to the government and come out with a solution to  the problems.

“We understood that Mr. Ipaye, who went on holy pilgrimage to Mecca, has returned to  the country and has since resumed office. His absence has stalled discussions on the  proposal. Now that he is back, we expect that Mr. Ipaye and Mr. Fowler will get down  to work to ensure that a government’s policy direction comes out from Alausa on how  to sanitise pools in Lagos State,” said Major Ogunyebo.

The LASPAA president said that the problems his members are facing in the business  have made it impossible for the pools agents to meet their obligations to the  government in terms of paying their taxes and annual licence feer regularly.

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“That is why I believe if Governor Fashola can save us from the bondage of selfish  and greedy pools promoters there will be an enabling environment for the agents to  do their business, which will have multiplier effect on their lives.

“We are good citizens of Lagos State. We want to pay our taxes, but the business is  not profitable for us to get money to feed. If government can look into our  proposal, I believe at the end of the day, every stakeholder of the business will a  cause to smile.

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