Ambode urges Lagosians to pay their taxes for economic development

By Nduka Uzuakpundu
The Lagos State Government has appealed to Lagosians to pay their taxes, so that it could carry out its duty of industrialisation via the provision of infrastructure, creation of jobs and wealth and firm security.
Speaking at a conference titled, “Lagos Means Business,” Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, said that the N284 billion that was generated,  in 2017, as internally generated revenue (IGR), was far from sufficient, compared to the required N800 billion.
He pointed out that, regrettably, of the eight million taxable adults in the state, two million were making tax returns, but that, indeed, only 700, 000 adults were paying their taxes regularly.
In the course of providing infrastructure like ambitious roads and expressways, Ambode said that his administration had paid about N6 billion, in compensation, to people whose commercial and residential property, and other structures, especially houses, were demolished to create a right of way for such projects, in places like Abule Egba and Agege. So much was done, according to the governor, to give such projects a human face, because, to do otherwise, the owners of such structures would fight back, via legal means – to the giving to the state government a bad press.
In order not to anger the poor, he said that the rich, who profit more from the major economic and development activities of the state government,  should pay their taxes. That, Ambode said, would enable his administration to take care of the poor, in places like Ajegunle and Aliomosho districts.
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