Following dividends of the new tax administration introduced in the Lagos state few years ago, The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola had called for continual process of tax administration in the State, adding that is the only way states can provide infrastructure needed to develop states in Nigeria.
According to him, only federal allocation to states can’t bring about social amenities and development citizens are clamouring for.He made this call at the 8th Annual Lagos State Taxation Stakeholders Conference organised by Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) in Lagos. He seized the opportunity to advise citizens of the state to endeavour to cast their votes for the party in power at the state level so as for tax administration to continue, even as he acknowledges challenges facing tax administration is not new to the state but the challenges are global.
“This is the time tax administration in all civilised democracies are at its busiest but it ought not to be so”. “He enthused that Lagos has chosen a good thing. We have built something that works, a model of tax finance that has stood the test of time and it is getting better, “he said. He also pointed that all prophecies and foresights at the beginning have been fulfilled.
According to him, “I promised you all in the beginning that it will be a journey that will end well and clearly the result is self evident and it has brought to this glorious day”. Fashola, however, urged the citizenry to shun politicians advising them not to pay because tax payment is legal. Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer, LIRS, Mr. Tunde Fowler said that Lagos is working today because of the people who are tax compliant since inception. “Lagos is working because of you people. It is what it is today because all of you obliged to pay tax and also accepted our staff, “he said.