The Oyo state Governor Seyi Makinde is determined to improve the fortunes of the state by boosting its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
Mr John Adeleke, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Internal Revenue Service (OYIRS), disclosed this in Ibadan, the state capital, while briefing newsmen ahead of the forthcoming one-day tax stakeholders’ summit scheduled to hold in Ibadan.
According to him, the administration of Makinde has been vigorously pursuing improved IGR since its inception:
“Improved IGR will make the vision to move Oyo state from poverty to prosperity a reality.
“The state under the leadership of Gov. Makinde has set the objective to be self-sufficient financially and have enough resources to cover all its recurrent expenditures such as salaries and wages.
“When this objective is achieved, it will become easier for the state to attain the prosperous height it so desires.”
He also said that the OYIRS and the Ministry of Finance were jointly floating a programme tagged: “Tax Stakeholders’ Poverty-to-Prosperity Summit.”
Adeleke urged the citizenry to play their part by ensuring regular payment of their taxes, levies and rates to enable the government achieve its goals.
He asserted that there was no government that could do much without adequate resources.
Amaka E. Nliam