Payment of tax is a legal obligation, says Fashola
THERE is no way government can achieve the implementation of laudable projects without revenue from taxes, says governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) of Lagos State.
According to him, tax collection was dated back to the pre-colonial days where the traditional rulers collected tax to run their domain which was not limited to money but farm produce.
He stressed that payment of tax is a legal obligations, which failure is a criminal offence.
Fashola made the speech while speaking as a guest of honor during the public presentation of a book written by the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye in Lagos.
The book is titled: “Nigerian Tax: Law and Administration, a Critical Review.”
Fashola said tax payment cannot be taken for granted in any egalitarian society, adding that politicians who hinged their political campaigns against payment of tax in order to win votes during elections are enemies of developments.
Any politician that says he will cancel payment of tax is telling you lie. There is no way government can achieve the implementation of laudable projects without revenue from taxes
According to him, payment of tax, cannot be taken for granted. “Any politician that says he will cancel payment of tax is telling you lie. There is no way government can achieve the implementation of laudable projects without revenue from taxes”, he said.
He admonished Lagosians to disregard statement made by governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Mr. Jimi Agbaje promising to withdraw or cancel payment of taxes in the state.
He stated that such promises are only a way to lure their votes. He further noted that there is no way to run the government without tax, insisting that it is no more news that several states are not able to pay salaries of workers, because of paucity of funds from the oil revenue from the federal government.
Fashola noted that Lagos government will continue to fulfill its obligations of providing infrastructure and payment of workers from the tax collected from the people of the state.
He charged Lagosians not to relent in paying their taxes and challenged the government for the proper utilization of the tax collected.
In his remark, Professor Itse Sagay saluted Ipaye’s courage for coming out with the book.
He said Ipaye has been “extremely reliable, efficient, intelligent and proactive”. According to him, it has been a pleasure meeting him. “I have benefited much from our relationship”, he intoned.
Ipaye in his address said he was inspired to write the book based on his experiences both at the classroom as a teacher as well as the tax special assistance to the Lagos State former Governor, Asiwaju Bola AhmedTinubu.
He added that his experiences had help in the expansion of the horizon in tax laws and regulations.
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