Government depends on resources garnered from public governance – Lalong

Government of Plateau State has said that, the establishment of the State’s own Microfinance Development Agency is a demonstration of its sincerity of purpose to grow and empower medium, small-scale and micro businesses of various kinds in the state.

Governor Simon Lalong disclosed this on Thursday at Government House, Little Rayfield in Jos, at the 3rd edition of the stakeholders ‘Roundtable Engagement on Taxation’ with a theme “Democratising Tax Collection and Expanding the Tax Base for Socio-Economic Prosperity.”

A cross-section of participants at the 3rd edition of Stakeholders’ Roundtable Engagement on Taxation and Unveiling of the SMART Revenue System, on Thursday at Government House Jos

He said the sole aim was to facilitate and amplify the ease of doing profitable business on the plateau, adding that, businesses can grow and make profit, and out of their profits they will commit themselves to the payment of relevant taxes with the citizens generally and, particularly, to every tax-paying constituent, entity or individual.

The governor called on the citizens to embrace the positive developmental efforts and policies being executed by government to optimize their internal revenue collection, stressing that government is keen to sustain the gains being made to help business grow to its full potential in the state.

Governor Lalong said every taxable entity and individual must in turn reciprocate its commitment in volunteering of pay-your-taxes for the greater and the good of the state.

Barr Lalong noted that, government depends on resources that are mobilized in the public governance space, and to provide the basic needs of the citizens, as well as intervene in sectors that will sustain the social contract between government and the people.

According to him, these financial resources are principally generated through fees, fines, taxes of various forms, charges and levies, adding that, good individuals and corporate citizens are expected to remit such payments on demand, as part of their citizen’s obligation to government.

“Government on its own part have taken proactive measures to diversify the performance of the real sector, and have resuscitated and repositioned some business enterprises, which will hopefully help to drive the economy towards growth and prosperity,” Lalong said.

Speaking earlier the Chairman of the Plateau State Internal Revenue Service Mr Dashe Arlat  Dasogot said, the “SMART Revenue System” will put the service ahead in terms of ease of collection of  taxes and other receipts.

According to him that, the system creates a seamless  procedure  for tax payers enumeration, registration and the generation of tax Identification Numbers (TIN ),which is a direct improvement on the elements of convenience, flexibility, and promptness for tax payers.

He appealed  to Banks, and the general Taxpaying public  to cooperate and support the initiative,and also appeal to traditional institutions and stakeholders at all local government level to increase their support to tax administration by way of advocacy and advancing taxation as civic responsibility.


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