Regular payment of taxes, levies brings more development – Abiodun
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has said regular payment of taxes, rates, and levies are civic responsibilities expected of good citizens, as they would further propel the government in the provision of more democratic benefits.
Abiodun, who disclosed this during the presentation of staff of office to the new Obelu of Esure, Ijebu East Local Council, Oba Kasali Olalekan Samodu, charged him to mobilise his people to support the state administration’s policies and programmes.
Represented by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Afolabi Afuape, Abiodun said all citizens of the state are entitled to dividends of democracy, but this would only be possible if they promptly pay all dues, which form part of the resources government use to ensure that necessary infrastructures are put in place.
In his acceptance speech, Oba Samodu assured that his tenure would bring tremendous improvement in infrastructural development and provides adequate security of lives and property.
MEANWHILE, Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) has underscored the importance of the media in achieving a free, fair, and credible election in the forthcoming council poll.
Chairman, OGSIEC, Mr. Babatunde Osibodu, who made the submission during the State Media Analysis Team (SMAT) visit to the commission in Abeokuta, maintained that the media was instrumental to the success of any electoral process, just as it is a strong pillar in the enthronement of good governance.
While noting that one of the key components of a credible election is the sensitisation of the electorate to perform their civic responsibilities, he called on the SMAT to collaborate with the commission on regular dissemination of information.
Speaking earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Public Communication, who is also the SMAT Chairman, Remmy Hazzan, noted that the visit was a media oversight function that could not have come at a better time when the state is preparing for the council election.
A member of the team and Consultant to the Governor on Media, Ifekayode Akinbode said the visit was aimed at ascertaining the level of media engagement of the various Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, with the view to making them function optimally.
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