…as Alawe of Ilawe, Owa Ajero, Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, others commend Fayemi’s efforts on infrastructural development
The Chairman of the Ekiti State Internal Revenue Service (EKIRS), Mr Eleazar Olumuyiwa Ogunmilade has solicited the support of traditional rulers for the State Government’s current drive aimed at boosting the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State to sustain the economy, in view of the prevailing global economic downturn and the dwindling allocation from the Federation account.
The serial advocacy visit is also aimed at expanding the scope of the on-going public sensitisation on the payment of Land Use Charge, a Property Tax backed by the Ekiti State Land Use Charge Law No. 3 of 2013).
Speaking at the palace of the Chairman of the Ekiti State Council of Obas, the Alawe of Ilawe, Oba Adebanji Ajibade Alabi, the EKIRS chairman, Ogunmilade, reaffirmed the commitment of Governor Fayemi’s administration to accelerate development of the State and uplift the standard of living of the people, stressing that it has therefore become imperative to look inwards for income generation to enable government continue to provide essential services and execute development projects.
Reiterating the determination of the present administration to making the State self-sufficient and attract investors from across the world, the EKIRS Chairman noted that investors could only be attracted when there are basic amenities such as good roads and water, healthcare among others, stressing that government must therefore raise funds for such lofty projects as a sort of investment in order to achieve the desired goal of attracting investors and rapidly developing the State.
Reacting, Oba Adebanji Ajibade Alabi stressed that globally, taxes are compulsory payment to government imposed by Law with expected direct benefit of return of value or service, so the traditional ruler assured that people in the State that they are guaranteed of direct benefit to them as government has continually demonstrated its commitment to developing the State.
In his visit to the Ajero of Ijero palace , Mr Olumuyiwa Ogunmilade solicited the intervention of the Ajero of Ijero Ekiti, Oba Adewole on the payment of taxes by miners operating in the area.
Ogunmilade lamented that the miners have continually failed in their responsibility to pay taxes in spite of the huge income they raked in from mining precious stones in the State.
Ogunmilade described the operation of the miners not paying any form of tax as an aberration, adding that the State would no longer tolerate such insolence and total disregard for the laws of the land.
Responding, the Ajero of Ijero Ekiti, Oba Joseph Adewole said that it was unfortunate that the miners rescind on the agreement they had with the State Government last year.
Oba Adewole promised to make the miners see reasons why they should pay the tax in order to protect their sources of income, adding that they should pay the agreed amount.
The EKIRS advocacy visits continued to the palace of Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe III.
While paying obeisance to the King, the EKIRS chairman encouraged the Council of Ewi to join the campaign on Land Use Charge and enlighten their subjects on the need for landed property owners to pay their land use charge .
“We are here to appeal to the good people of Ado-Ekiti, through your Majesty and the Council of Ewi, that payment of taxes is not a form of punishment or insensitivity on the part of the State Government. Land Use Charge is not a new form of tax. It is a Property Tax backed by the Ekiti State Land Use Charge Law No. 3 of 2013, payable only by land or building (residential and commercial) owners, and we are only just about to begin its implementation in the State.”
In his response, Oba Rufus Adejugbe III acknowledged the efforts of Governor Fayemi’s administration on developmental strides in the State, saying that the Council of Ewi and well-meaning residents of Ado-Ekiti will continue to support good initiatives, policies and programmes of the government.
The Oba however appealed to the State Government to adopt strategic means in the implementation of the LUC Law. He also advised the EKIRS Chairman to establish some level of community engagement, in partnership with the Council of Ewi.