Osun State Governor Gboyega Oyetola has urged citizens to pay their taxes regularly to enable the government to discharge its responsibilities to the people.
He spoke at the weekend at his hometown Iragbiji in Boripe Local Government, during the 27thIragbiji Day and launching of a Development Fund.
Speaking to the leaders and indigenes of the state, who turned out in a large number at the event, the governor said major programmes of the government like the feeding of pupils, security of lives and property and provision of amenities cannot be carried out unless there are resources, adding that “we cannot continue to rely on revenue from the Federation Account.”
Part of the governor’s plans is to raise the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state without adding to the burden of the people.
Oyetolasaid development of towns rests with everybody and not the government alone.
The governor urged parents to devote full attention to the upbringing of their children because their future is “key to the development of the country”
He expressed regret that children have taken to bad habits like cultism and drug addiction. “Indeed, I am amazed at the behavior of many children these days,” he told the people led by theAragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba AbdulrasheedOlabomi, who was supported by othertraditional rules as well as his chiefs.
The governor said bringing up kids should be the responsibility of everybody in the society as it obtained in the past “because kids that continue to embrace bad habits will have a jeopadised future.”
Oyetola commended the community for its efforts at self-development especially the ongoing construction of a 4,500-seat Civic Centre. He said the palace of the traditional ruler should be made more befitting.
The governor and his friends pledged N5million to the development fund out of the estimated N10milloon raised at the event.