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By Dipo Olowookere
The govt chairman of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), Mr Ayodele Subair, has stated approximately 70 in keeping with cent of the country’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) comes from taxes paid with the aid of using people and enterprises doing enterprise withinside the metropolis.
Mr Subair made this disclosure while he acquired the Managing Director of New Telegraph Newspapers, Mr Ayodele Aminu, and the Daily Editor of the media platform, Ms Juliet Bumah, in his workplace in Alausa, recently.
The control of the Daily Telegraph Publishing Company Limited, publishers of New Telegraph Newspapers, visited the LIRS leader to tell him of the selection to honour him with an award of management excellence at a rite to be held later withinside the year.
Mr Aminu stated the LIRS boss became selected due to his first rate contributions to the improvement of the kingdom and the country, mainly withinside the tax sector.
But Mr Subair attributed the tax revolution in Lagos State to the previous Governor of the country and presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) withinside the 2023 trendy elections, Mr Bola Tinubu, pronouncing he contributed to the vast increase to the Lagos IGR.
“He is the daddy of this tax revolution in Lagos State. So, we have to constantly supply him that credit. Since he made the LIRS board autonomous, the numbers were jumping in bounds, and we are hoping to maintain on that trajectory due to the fact we need to offer the investment for the country.
“The incumbent Governor (Babajide Sanwo-Olu) has been very supportive of our improvements and sparkling thoughts in tax management in Lagos State,” he stated.
The LIRS chief stated Mr Tinubu should be recounseled for having the imaginative and prescient to “create a few impartial businesses just like the LIRS and making the country much less reliant at the federal authorities’s allocation.”
Speaking at the award, Mr Subair noted, “The pleasure is while there’s a chunk of popularity, then you definitely experience justified, you sense glad which you have spent all the ones lengthy hours burning candles at night time and so on justifiably. I’m very thrilled which you have deemed it in shape to honour the business enterprise and me. I guarantee you that control might be properly represented on the award rite, God’s willing.”
“It is a second like this that we experience very happy we’ve placed ourselves on the carrier of our pricey kingdom. We typically don’t get any popularity internally or externally; rather, it’s miles you could usually do better. But in our world, our numbers communicate for themselves.
“In your letter, you stated we nearly doubled our inner sales era for the reason that inception of our tenure, however in fact, it’s greater than double,” he added.
While commending the workforce of the LIRS for his or her willpower and steadfastness, the LIRS boss stated, “We are overjoyed that we had been capable of gain all the ones things. It’s all from committed management and followership.
“The workforce performs a totally massive position in making our numbers rise. Management directs and formulates the regulations and all of the diverse strategies that generate such income, however on the identical time, we want to commend the foot soldiers; they’re those out withinside the area who assist us to recommend for taxpayers to attempt to be tax compliant, to recognize the social contracts, and to recognize that in the event that they need the kingdom to enhance in phrases of provision of infrastructure and first-rate services, additionally they want to contribute.”
Mr Subair counseled Nigerians, particularly Lagos residents, now no longer to relent of their responsibilities through paying their taxes frequently and diligently as it might assist the authorities offer infrastructure and social facilities as viable in evolved countries.
“Everybody is going to the UK, U.S and they’re all marvelled at the extent in their infrastructure, appropriate avenue network, unfastened education, strength and all different things. All those are made viable due to the fact the human beings are exceptionally tax-compliant in that clime. Nobody is chasing absolutely everyone approximately paying taxes.
“If you don’t pay tax, the sanctions are there. People visit jail. There aren’t anyt any methods approximately it. But unfortunately, in Africa, extending to Nigeria and Lagos, humans don’t need to pay taxes.
“Yes, globally, humans don’t need to pay; if they may keep away from it, they might keep away from it, So it makes our process very hard and trickier,” he noted.
The LIRS chairman stated whilst tax is the maximum sustainable sales, it took the federal authorities see you later to begin searching inward as tax is investment the operations of the federal authorities proper now.
“The federal authorities isn’t always getting a whole lot from the oil enterprise like before. So it’s far simply what FIRS is doing this is helping. Likewise, in Lagos, all of the federal receipts have long past down considerably, so it’s mainly what we’re producing right here and a few different sales-producing corporations,” he stated.