Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has called on traditional rulers as symbols of an institution that once thrived on taxation to help in mobilizing their people in fulfilling this civil obligation of playing taxes.
Governor Ahmed made the call, weekend, during the presentation of Second Class Staff of Office to the Oloota of Odo Owa, Oba Joshua Oluwatoba Adeyemi in Odo-Owa, in Oke-Ero local government area of the State.
A statement by Abdulwahab Oba, the Chief Press Secretary to the Kwara State Governor, quotes the governor as stressing that it was important for key stakeholders like the traditional institution to assist the newly-established Kwara State Internal Revenue Service in ensuring that the people of the state comply with the increased revenue generation drive by playing all dues, taxes, levies and commissions.
“No society can develop and thrive without a robust system for collecting, managing and utilizing tax renewed for collective benefit.
Consequently, increasing our Internally Generated Revenue is the only way to reduce our dependence on unstable federal allocation.
We also need to raise the necessary funds for infrastructural development and empowering our people, especially the youths.
I call on you to be at the forefront of our drive to raise revenue to build higher quality schools, more hospitals, better roads, ensure more reliable electricity and create an environment conducive to our people’s prosperity”, the governor said.
Dr Ahmed reiterated his call for constitutional role for traditional rulers due to their status as a respected institution for grassroots mobilization, cohesion, socio-economic and political development.
The Oloota of Odo-Owa, Oba Joshua Adegbuyi Ademola Anyeloye II in his acceptance speech promised to join has with the state government in ensuring the success of its new revenue drive.