By Ahmed Ibrahim
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has charged members of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) on professionalism in order to curb the illegal collection of taxes from residents of the state.
He gave this charge at the Investiture Ceremony of Mr. Samuel Olusola Agbeluyi as the 5th Executive Chairman of Ikeja District Society of CITN.
Fashola, who was represented by the Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Tax and Revenue, Mr. Abimbola Shodipo said the illegal collection of taxes from Lagos residents has discourage them from paying taxes because of the way the policy is being handled.
He said, “Tax is the heart of every government. It is the main source of generating revenue for state or local government. I will also like to note that the kind of quality transition that took place today should transpire the policy for the betterment of the society”.
He therefore called on the newly executive members to be transparent, as this would pave way for socio responsibilities that would enable the institution perform its function.
The new chairman of the District Mr. Samuel Olushola Agbeluyi in his acceptance speech said “We are conscious of our position within the tax administration system in Nigeria. The district as a grass root organ of CITN occupies a major position in the institute’s overall activities.