Review Nigeria's Tax Laws, Oshiomhole Tells FG
The only group of people who pay tax regularly in Nigeria are salary earners whose taxes are deducted from source.
Most annoying for former Edo governor, Adams Oshiomhole is the excuse given by millions of taxable adults who had devised means of evading.
“How do we justify tax payment because most people say ‘why do we pay tax when they will steal the money, what are they doing with it? Look at the roads they are bad’,” he said.
According to him, such statement were mere excuses as the first step to be taken is to pay the tax to get moral and legal right to demand for good governance.
He then called for a review of Nigeria’s tax laws for an effective tax administration.
He said the Federal Government must put necessary machinery in place to ensure that those who are expected to pay tax do so as and when due.
Oshiomhole urged the federal government to take a cue from the effective tax system of the Lagos State Government which had devised a means of identifying those who are expected to pay tax and ensure they comply.
“The developmental strides and successes recorded in Lagos State is a result of proper tax collection and judicious use of the fund.
“Government must ensure that those who are at advantage pay their taxes and the fund generated should be used to deliver infrastructure for those who are at disadvantaged and everyone.
“You can’t expect good roads, water and other social amenities if you don’t pay tax; once you pay then you can begin to probe the authorities and demand accountability for your money,” he said.
The former President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), made the call at the 26th Convocation Lecture of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu.
The lecture was entitled, “Crisis of Governance, Governance of Crisis: The Role of Education in Nibbling Governance Crisis in Nigeria.”