The Lagos State Commissioner for Establishment Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson- Oke has appealed to business owners, public and private organisations to be faithful in the payment of their taxes to government as this will enable government deliver on its mandates and live up to the expectations of members of the public in the provision of necessary amenities.
Speaking at the Rotary 2018 Symposium titled, ‘Effects of Business and Professional Ethics and Economic Growth in Nigeria’, organised by the Rotary District 9110 at Rotary Centre Ikeja, Oke decried how tax evasion had contributed to the dearth of public infrastructure across the country.
Oke who was represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Establishment and Training, Mrs. Clara Omotilewa Ibirogba says it is surprising that some influential members of the society and business moguls are also in the habit of evading taxes.
While encouraging a change of attitude, Benson Oke noted that the effect of tax evasion will in return affect the revenue accruable to the government, thereby making it difficult for it to meet basic needs of the citizens.
“For any organization or individual to be a partaker of true democracy, accurate tax payment must become a corporate governance culture, which involves the citizens performing their civic responsibilities on one hand and the government doing its part on the other,” the Commissioner said.
The Commissioner who presented a paper on theme, “the effects of business and professional ethics on the economic growth in Nigeria” expressed the need for Nigerian society to eschew some unprofessional practices that are detrimental to the overall image of the country locally and internationally.
He called on other states in the federation to take a cue from the financial and resource management technique of Lagos State in canvassing organisations and residents in prompt and adequate payment of taxes.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Governor of Rotary District 9110, Dr. Adewale Ogunbadejo stated that for some problems in the society to be solved, ethical consciousness must be given a priority for the benefits of generations unborn.
According to him “Our country is suffering. Many are immoral, unethical in behaviour and in business; corruption and negligence have ruined the entire nation. We have a chance to change it by doing and teaching the younger ones what is right.”
Chairman of the Occasion, Chief Olusegun Osunkeye advocates that ethics be taught in all schools nationwide, this he said, would help the preservation of ethical standards.
Osunkeye however called on private, public organisations as well as government at levels to restore confidence of citizens and customers by imbibing basic ethical behaviours of being truthful, upright, accountable and transparent.