Oyo IGR not to create hardship —Commissioner

Oyo State government has said that its efforts to strengthen the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state was not to create hardship for the citizens but to meet up with its responsibilities of delivering the dividends of democracy to the citizens.

The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun, stated this while receiving members of the League of Veteran Journalists (LVJ), Oyo State Chapter, in his office on Wednesday.

He explained that “Government has been restructuring our Board of Internal Revenue with the help of experts in that field. Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s administration has no intention to make life difficult for the citizens.

“This administration needs to strengthen its revenue base so as to meet up with its responsibilities to the people, while laws that are not aiding our IGR drive are also being redressed.

“We know what they are going through because of the economic recession. We cannot add to their pains and that is why we are embarking on renewed IGR drive to block the loopholes,” he pointed out.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman of LVJ, Oyo State, Mr Wale Adele, pledged the League’s readiness to support the Senator Ajimobi-led government.

Mr Arulogun, therefore, called on members of the League to assist the ministry in the dissemination of information about the responsibilities of citizens towards the government, saying that tax payment was imperative to the development of the state’s economy.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman of LVJ, Oyo State, Mr Wale Adele, pledged the League’s readiness to support the Senator Ajimobi-led government.

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