By Akeeb Alarape, Osogbo
The Diocesan Lay President Methodist Church in Ilesa, James Morakinyo has praised Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for improving internally generated revenue profile of the state without inflicting pains on the people.
Speaking on the perspective of the church to the efforts being made by the state government to shore up its revenue base, Morakinyo praised the governor, saying residents who hitherto hated paying tax have begun to do so with joy.
â€œYou have actually increased the IGR. On taxation, you’re doing it systematically. People are now getting used to the payment of taxes. Parents now take their tax receipt to schools. Whether they like it or not, children would be worrying them that ‘pay your tax o. We want to present it at school.â€ Morakinyo said.
Going down memory lane, he said, “And if you remember in the past, our fathers used to run away. They would go to their farms very early in the morning (in order) to evade tax men. But now it is not so because children would ask for the tax receipt. And you have been so magnanimous. If a father has seven children, he would only pay once. He would photocopy the only receipt into seven.â€
He specifically lauded the governors for utilising proceeds from taxes collected by the state government to better the lots of the people, thus restoring the peopleâ€™s confidence in government as a body that utilises the taxes for the benefit of the people.
“When you came and said you were going to employ 20,000 youths, we thought it was not possible. But when you came, the OYES people (Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme), we just saw them matching on the road; those who would cut (road verges), those who would teach, those who would do other things, and even the road traffic people. We saw them.
“And even to us, the workers in the state. We knew a year is made up of twelve months. Then you started talking of thirteenth month. We said, ‘well maybe you wanted to change the calendar’. But then, we were surprised when the thirteenth month was introduced. You started with (the payment of) one quarter (of the salary), later you went to half, and so on, and so forth.â€ He said.
While encouraging Aregbesola, Morakinyo stated that “Your excellency, we know we are faced with hard times. But tough times don’t last. Tough people last. You have been so pragmatic. And you have been so unruffled. When there was problem you were calm.
â€œThat was when I noticed that this man is a great man. He has been consistent. You smiled. The situation has not removed smiles from your face. Some people would be dejected (such) thatÂ one would see that this person has been demoralised. But you are focussed. You still go ahead. And you have said it recently that you are going back to the roads, that whether we like it or not you want to continue with the roads.â€