Oyo be­gins ag­gres­sive tax drive on pri­vate build­ings

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Dele Ogun­yemi, Ibadan

The Oyo State gov­ern­ment has ini­ti­ated an ag­gres­sive rev­enue gen­er­a­tion drive to shore up its dwin­dling in­ter­nally gen­er­ated rev­enue.

To kick-start the ex­er­cise, the state Gov­er­nor, Sen­a­tor Isiaq Abi­ola Aji­mobi, and mem­bers of the state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil have been given up till July 15 to pay prop­erty tax on their pri­vate build­ings.

Dis­clos­ing this to jour­nal­ists in Ibadan af­ter a re­cent State Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil meet­ing, the Com­mis­sioner for In­for­ma­tion, Cul­ture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Aru­lo­gun, em­pha­sised that the eval­u­a­tion and col­lec­tion of prop­erty tax would be­gin from the pri­vate res­i­dence of the gov­er­nor.

He said the process of an ag­gres­sive rev­enue drive would wit­ness the col­lec­tion of land use charge, rev­enue and taxes on prop­er­ties and busi­nesses lo­cated within the state.

The com­mis­sioner as­sured res­i­dents that the min­istry would em­bark on door-to-door ad­vo­cacy and en­light­en­ment campaign to sen­si­tize mem­bers of the public about the new tax and pay­ment regime be­fore hit­ting the road.

Aru­lo­gun said: “Mem­bers of the state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil and other po­lit­i­cal func­tionar­ies have agreed that all dues and taxes deriv­able from their salaries would hence­forth be drawn from source, start­ing from July this year.

“Gov­ern­ment has de­cided that prop­er­ties lo­cated within the state must be taxed and it will start with the per­sonal house of the gov­er­nor. Mem­bers of the state Exco have been given up to July 15 to com­ply with the pay­ment. We want to set good ex­am­ple for oth­ers,” he said.

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