Oct 12, 2011 – Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has appealed to the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye and other religious leaders to encourage their members to pay their taxes to the state.
The governor made this appeal while receiving a delegation of RCCG leaders led by Pastor Adeboye, saying taxation is crucial to the state’s development .
He enjoined religious leaders to speak to their members on the need to pay their taxes in their state of residence.
Governor Amosun said the that majority of the residents of Mowe/Ibafo axis of the state paid their taxes to Lagos State and not their state of residence.
“It is tax we use in developing the state. We are committed to infrastructure development of the border areas, but we need residents to assist us by paying their taxes to the state.
“Many people in the areas pay their taxes to Lagos. They stay in Ogun State and put pressure on social infrastructure here. We have to devise a way of reversing this but we need your assistance in achieving this,” he said.
Amosun also revealed plans by his administration to build a dual-carriage road that would link Sango-Ota in Ogun State to Ojodu-Abiodun in Lagos State in order to ease traffic congestion along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
He said the move would reduce the stress on worshippers at the Redemption Camp and other road users wishing to link the Lagos-Ibadan Express road from Sango-Ota.
The governor lauded the positive contributions of the RCCG to the development of the state and asked for more cooperation from the church.
Pastor Adeboye had earlier prayed that the state would reclaim its rightful position as a leading state in Nigeria during the tenure of Governor Amosun.— Abiodun Onafuye/ Abeokuta