Obasanjo urges merger of agencies to curb wastes
Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has called for the merger of government agencies as part of efforts to curb waste of scarce resources.
He made the call yesterday in Abeokuta while addressing members of the Joint Tax Board who paid him a courtesy visit at his residence.
The former president said government needed to block all forms of financial leakages due to the dwindling revenue.
He also advised that the various states should increase their revenue generating drive and ensure that taxpayers’ money was utilised to provide necessary infrastructure for the benefit of all citizens.
He said proper use of tax money by the government would propel increased payment of taxes by citizens.
“When times are hard, that is when governments need increased drive for internally generated revenue. They have to look into ways of becoming slimmer and also bringing together establishments or institutions which cannot continue to exist separately. They should also ensure that the funds generated from taxes are well utilised. They must continue to try to increase as much as possible, what each state can generate in terms of Internally Generated Revenue, but states must also embark on a number of things. I think these are some of the things we have to do to get us out of the tight situation that we are all in and we pray that the tax will roll in sooner than later,” he said.
The chairman of the Joint Tax Board, Mr Babatunde Fowler, noted that tax earnings available to the federal government had increased through a renewed drive by the board. He assured that Nigerians would continue to benefit from the laudable projects financed through funds from taxes.
“The government has to make sure it pumps it to all the sectors or areas of the body, meaning that those in charge of the government, once the revenue comes in, should make sure the whole of Nigeria feels the impact of the expenditure,” he said.