“Out of 22million People Living In Lagos, Only 600,000 People Pay Their Taxes” – Gov. Ambode
Recently, the governor of Lagos State, Ambode was at a workshop training event in the State Water Technology Service, during his speech and consideration towards the recent “Flooding In Lagos” at the event, he said out of 22 million people living in Lagos State, Only 600,000 people obey the law by paying their taxes.
According to Governor Ambode, the government has noted the need for citizens living in Lagos to embrace a serious mind towards the payment of taxes as a way of addressing any sudden or known challenges that is shaking the State and growing further the development of the state in all sectors and sections.
While responding to a suggestion raised by one of the participants at the workshop that “Lagos State Government should complete the ongoing shoreline protection particularly in the Lekki and Ajah areas as one of the ways to mitigate the impact of torrential rainfalls which caused flooding in the area last week”“, the governor said as long as government was ready to do such, it was being confronted by its limited resources.
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Read Full Transcript of Gov Ambode’s Speech About Taxes In Lagos State Below:-
The governor said ecological funds that was talked by someone does not exist:
- “Saying something about “protecting Lagos State’s shoreline, I will like to tell you something pertaining to this, the ecological fund that someone talked about does not exist because the former government of this state, due to political state had never gave consideration to anything pertaining to “Lagos state shorelines and protecting the shoreline runs into billions”.”
- “Even doing those stated groins in order not to give way to the water to break in the streets will cost a lot of money and then with the refusal to pay taxes by almost 21,400,000 residents in the last eight to ten years, there has not been any increase in taxes unlike in the United Kingdom for instance where any young person living there knows that once you start working at the age of 18, your civic obligation is that you must pay tax but here nobody takes it as their business that the new road I am using I need to pay something and so they only pay tax when they are inside the real tax net that is you are paying pay as you earn.”
- “That is the only way we can catch you and so everybody takes it for granted that government will do it and there is nothing like government money, it is taxes that people are paying that you are asking for this shoreline protection, it is from the taxes that you are asking for us to de-flood, it is from the taxes that you are asking for us to do the roads and all that.”
- “The number of people paying taxes in Lagos is less than 600,000 people and we are 22million and then 67 percent of the people living in Lagos are below the age of 35 and even the retirees, how much are they paying? They are on pension. So, you have to go through your nose and you want to be as compassionate as possible that in a recession, you don’t overtax people.”
According to him, it was time for a convergence between civic obligations and the ability of government to build trust by using taxes of citizens judiciously, just assured that his administration, within the available resources, would continue to invest in infrastructure and deliver good governance to make life comfortable and easier for the people.
- “What I am saying is that there must be a convergence between civic obligations and the ability of government to build trust and be able to tell people that you know what, the little that you are giving me, I will use it judiciously. When I use it judiciously and you see it overtime, trust me, if you pay more, I will do more.”
- “Obviously, the vision is there, the plan is there but again it is not driven by anything than the citizens themselves and the area that we need improvement is for citizens to have trust or confidence that the taxes they are paying will be returned back in terms of infrastructure but I can tell you that I am also concerned; I see a lot of things I don?t like but I am inhibited by the amount of money I have.”