2nd September, 2011
The Executive Chairman of the Ogun State Board of Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Babajide Odubanjo has said that his agency has put in place a strategy to capture revenue that is supposed to be coming into the coffers of the government but currently going into the purse of Lagos State government.
Odubanjo stated this in Abeokuta when playing host to members of the Yewa-Awori Concerned Professional (YACP) who paid a courtesy visit to the agency.
â€œAs a border state to Lagos we have a lot of our people living in the border towns such as Ojodu, Berger-Isheri, etc., that rather for them to pay their taxes to the coffers of Ogun state that has the responsibility to fix their roads and provide them with social amenities now do so to the coffers of Lagos Stateâ€ .
Odubanjo disclosed that the state has a very huge informal sector that is waiting to be tapped, hence the reason why IRS has to fashion out a system on how it can increase government’s internally generated revenue by embarking on a continuous enlightment programme for people to know why they should pay their taxes and levies directly to the the Ogun State government.
â€œPart of our strategy is to embark on an enlightenment campaign to assure the people of Ogun State that Governor Ibikunle Amosun will fulfil all his electoral promises which include good and qualitative education, good health service delivery, industrialised agriculture sector and massive development of rural and urban areas of the stateâ€.
He noted that the vision of the agency is to be the most outstanding revenue agency through commitment to tax best practices in a friendly environment.
â€œAlso, we will educate the people on how much to pay and where to pay the money. This government is a listening one and the people who are also stakeholders have the right to ask questions and to advise where they feel necessary.”
The chartered accountant appealed to the people of Ogun State to give Governor Amosun their unalloyed support by paying their taxes and levies as and when due to enable the governor rebuild the state.