Ogun governor laments loss of revenue to Lagos State
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has lamented that about 760,000 people residing in two of the 20 Local governments in the State pay their income tax to the Lagos State government.
Amosun who did not name the affected Councils explained that the situation arose because the said residents though, stay in Ogun State, they work in Lagos.
The situation, the Governor said had rob the State millions of naira in terms of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) annually.
To reverse the trend, Amosun disclosed that he had put machinery in place to create Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the State.
He spoke to Journalists at his Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta office after a meeting with Chairmen of the 20 Local governments.
“We want to open up our state to greater opportunity with our proposed Local Council Development Areas. Our unique borders with other states would foster development. For instance,two of our local government areas harbor about 760,000 people, most of whom work in Lagos”, Amosun revealed.
He continued, “We are putting procedures and processes in place. We will go to the House of Assembly and do a referendum on the creation of Local Council
Development Areas. The committee we have put in place will do the announcement,”he said.
The Governor who expressed appreciation to the state’s workers for their patience and understanding over the present economic reality, further assured that Government would offset all deduction arrears by the end of July “as earlier promised”.
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