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Oluwo tasks citizens on taxes for development


Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi (left); Corporate and Government Affairs Director, Cadbury West Africa, Mr. Bala Yesufu; Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi (MON); and Oba Saheed Elegushi of Ikateland at a party hosted by Afolabi at his Ikoyi residence.

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, has urged citizens to pay their taxes promptly to generate funds for the development of Osun State. He made this known when the governor, Gboyega Oyetola visited Iwo at the weekend in continuation of his “thank you” tour of the state’s nine federal constituencies.

The monarch offered to lead government’s campaign to persuade the people on the need for them to pay their tax promptly. “There is no other way than to pay tax. We cannot continue to rely on funds from the federation account if we want to develop this state. What if there is no oil money?” he asked rhetorically.

He said: “If you don’t pay tax, it is a shame. But if you pay, the government will fix roads and put other infrastructure in place.”
Oba Akanbi noted that developed countries rely on tax payment, saying: “Even at home here, Lagos functions because of payment of tax. Our people must be ready to pay tax.”

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