By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—The Ogun State government yesterday dismissed insinuations that it was planning to introduce new taxes in the state outside the constitutionally recognised taxes in the country.
The government, however, said its Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, had hit N5 billion through intensified efforts to make residents of the state pay their due tax and pledged that it would not put more burden on the people.
Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Wande Muoyo stated this in Abeokuta, at a briefing on the mid-Year performance of the state 2014 budget
Giving account of the budget performance for the mid-year, Muoyo said “the overall budget performance stood at 67.17 percent as at June 30, 2014 as against 61.26 percent achievement recorded in the corresponding period in 2013 and 61.87 percent as at March 31, 2014.”
She gave the criteria used to measure the performance, saying “true performance of any government budget should be measured in terms of the impact it has on the citizenry.”
The goal of the state government, according to her, was to “reduce dependency on the Federation Account. Introducing new taxes will be counter-productive and it is not advisable. We don’t have that in our plan and all we are saying is that whatever that is due to the state should be paid. We are going after what is due to the state and we are not imposing anything new.”