PTA to assist Government collect N1,500 tax per parent introduced to boost State revenue
Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
The Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (PTA), Osun state chapter has declared readiness to assist the state government in the enforcement of the payment of N1, 500 tax bonanza introduced to boost its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
The association at a meeting held with the State Internal Revenue Board led by its Chairman, Mr. Dayo Oyebanji where all the PTA’s Chairmen from across the 30 local government councils of the state were in attendance also agreed that the N1, 500 tax bonanza for the year 2013/2014/2015 making N4.500 would be pay at once in order to assist to bail out the state from its current financial predicament.
Speaking at the meeting, the Chairman of the association, Mr. Demola Ekundayo stressed that the decision to assist the government in its collection was part of the association’s resolve to contribute to the development of the state especially regarding the public primary and secondary schools.
Ekundayo who pointed out that Governor Rauf Aregbesola has been using the tax for the development of the state added that “this is why parents have deemed it fit to complement his efforts in moving the state forward.”
The PTA chairman while commending the developmental programmes embarked upon by Aregbesola’s administration, especially in the education sector urged thev government not to relent in providing qualitative education for the students as promised in his six Point Integral Action Plans.
The Chairman of State Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Dayo Oyabanji in his reaction aporeciated the support of the PTA, assuring that the state government would not relent in ensuring good standard of living and better education for the pupils.
Oyebanji stated that government introduced the tax bonanza to make its payment affordable and serve as relief adding that at the expiration of the bonanza period, each parent would have to pay that according to their earnings as enunciated by the tax law.
He lamented that out of the 2million people estimated to pay tax, less than 100,000 persons including the public servants are actually paying their taxes as at when due to the state government.
He noted that there is no way the government could provide all the needed infrastructural amenities to the people when majority are evading taxes.
Also the Chairman, Labour Committee on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), Comrade Francis Adetunji called on the residents of the state to cooperate with the government adding that the tax reduction was a good gesture that must be embraced by all.
A member of the IRS board, Prince Omolade Binuyo assured that Osun will be a change place if everybody pay their taxes to the government.