16th February, 2011
The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Monday charged the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) to assist in ensuring that corporate bodies regularly remit employeesâ€™ tax returns to the state government.
Governor Fashola, who gave the charge when he received theÂ Executive of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) at the Lagos House, Ikeja, added that many of the corporate organisations do not remit their employeesâ€™ tax returns regularly.
â€œThey should know that this is a relationship that is governed by law. There is absolutely nothing I can do to avoid the law which I have swornÂ to uphold,â€Â Â noting; â€œIt is the responsibility of every government to redistribute and create social equity and justice so that the rich can support the poor and the poor can have a legitimate expectation of a better life tomorrowâ€
Governor Fashola explained that with the nature and dynamics of Lagos as a service centre, there are several openings and avenues which are open and can be useful in creating new jobs for professionals who can be engaged as tax consultants and lawyers.
While commending theÂ Institute for its plan to introduce specialized degree programmes in higher institutions, Governor Fashola said the move was in line with his belief that Nigeria must turn out graduates in areas where there are manpower needs.
â€œWe must start turning out graduates in areas where we need them. Have we ever thought of producing graduates in waste management, transport management and planning, electricity generation and crude oil refining?â€, he asked.Â The governor said that in every society or area, there is a social contract between the people who exercise power and those who they exercise the powers over.