Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has attributed rapid development witnessed during his administration, to the huge revenue basis achieved through improved Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
Governor Amosun stated this while playing host to members of Tax Appeal Tribunal, led by its Chairman, Mr. Ajibola Akinmade, who were on a courtesy visit to his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said his government, despite the meagre allocation received from the Federal account, had judiciously spent substantial amount accrued from Taxes to add value to the life of the people.
Represented by his Deputy, Chief Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga, Senator Amosun noted that the projects initiated and completed would not have been possible, if his administration was not prudent in the management of Tax payer’s money and Federal allocation.
While congratulating members of the Tribunal on their inauguration, the Governor charged them to justify their wealth of experience and professional acumen to ensure positive result on assignments before them.
According to him, the State considered tax related issues as priority, as it evaluates and assesses its efforts, with a view to improving on tax collection and evasion.
The Chairman of the Tribunal, Mr. Ajibade Akinmade in his remarks said, the Tribunal, with its members drawn from legal practitioners and tax expert across the country was saddled with the responsibility of providing tax authorities and tax payers with a flexible, timely and cost effective window, to resolve tax disputes.
Mr. Akinmade also commended the Senator Ibikunke Amosun led Government for the successful increase in its IGR, from N750m to N7bn , assuring that the Tribunal would not hesitate to look critically into appeals by corporate entities alongside Ogun State Board of Internal Revenue .
Also speaking, the Chairman, Ogun State Board of Internal Revenue, Mr. Kunle Adeosun, expressed confidence on the members of the tribunal, urging them to help consolidate government’s tax payers enumeration’s efforts, to address issues of tax payers living at border areas but working in neighbouring states.