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Abideen Muhammed, Lagos
OJO Local Government under the leadership of Hon. Rosulu Olushola Idowu has on Thursday, 13th December implored the people of OJO to pay two hundred naira yearly tax on Radio and Television per family.
The new development was reiterated by the Executive Chairman of Ojo Local Government during 2019 budget stakeholders forum held at Ojo town hall on December 13, 2018.
Hon. Olushola while addressing the audience on the wisdom behind the initiation affirmed it will increase the money generated yearly for the Council and the government will further use it to establish more projects in the Local Government for the betterment of everybody.
He said: “The two hundred naira tax on Radio and Television will go along way to assist the Council in generating more funds for our proposed projects. For instance, we have over five million people living in Ooj Local Government. If every family pay the two hundred naira, that will amount to one billion naira which is more than the money generated this year.”
“You want water, good road, hospital, etc in the Local Government. Yes, it is our responsibility to provide them but it requires money which will be generated from this tax. I implored you to cooperate so that we can enjoy this government. Circular will be issued very soon on the Radio and Television tax.
“We would equally like to see our LCDA members, artisans’ leaders, Baale, etc to partake in the collection of this tax. Whoever takes the job of collection will be given commission which also serves as a job opportunity.
” It is our belief that if we could generate one billion alone from Radio and Television task independently, OJO will be great. Then, nothing will stop us from constructing a bridge in Ojo and every other infrastructure. We should be rest assured that this money will be coming from time to time. It is like a proverb that postulated that one who fails to plan, plans to fail.”
Also, Secretary to the Local Government Council, Hon. Sikirullah Lawal, while delivering the vote of thanks buttressed the Council position on two hundred naira yearly tax on Radio and Television.
“Alimosho Local Government has started this tax collection on Radio and Television before now. We are about to start. The money is what we can all afford, therefore, I implore you to cooperate with us so that we can bring about a better change in our environment”, he said.