By Nofisat Marindoti
Government of the State of Osun has urged organizations and individuals doing businesses in the state to pay their tax, saying the full weight of law awaits any defaulter.
Directing all tax collecting agencies to use all means necessary to obtain companies cooperation and enforce all relevant laws on taxation, the State Government reiterated that it is determined to collect its revenue to the last kobo.
“Council received report that some professional groups in the state have not been cooperating with the state’s tax administrators. Council condemned this and urged them to begin to cooperate with the tax agencies and obey the state’s tax laws forthwith.”
In a statement issued at the end of the state weekly Executive Meeting and signed by the media adviser to the Governor, Mr Sola Fasure, the State Government also directed that all processes and modalities for offsetting all outstanding allowances of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members, past and present, posted to the state be started immediately.
Lamenting the fact that some residents had continued to dump refuse by road sides, the State Government directed all law enforcement agencies to apprehend anybody caught in the act.
“Council is saddened by reports that some residents have been adamant and have continued to dump refuse on road medians in major cities in the state, in spite of government’s efforts at clearing them timeously. If this is not stopped, it is capable of reversing the gains made by this administration in ridding the state of filth.
“Those who engage in indiscriminate dumping of refuse, wherever catches their fancies, are deliberately jeopardising the health of the rest of the people and making our environment to look ugly. Council consequently directed law enforcement agencies, particularly the Civil Defence Corps, sanitary inspectors and members of community development associations in the state to apprehend these saboteurs and make them to face the full wrath of the law.
“Council was informed and approved of regional youth summit to hold on the 9th and 10th of January. The summit will be the largest gathering of youths in the West. It will also provide the platform for fellowship and expression of diverse opinions and ideas by the youths.
“The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, will declare it open. Council urged the youths and the people of the state to participate at the summit and maximally cooperate with the organisers in welcoming and making the delegates comfortable. Council wished the youths a successful parley.”