Concerned by the high rate of illegalities in revenue collection, Ogun State House of Assembly has been enjoined to come up with a legislation to harmonize revenue collections for all income generating agencies, as this will put an end to illegal multiple taxation, hooliganism amongst others.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mr. Hassan Adekunle, made this call in Abeokuta, while appearing before the State House of Assembly Ad-Hoc Committee set up to investigate matters on illegal ticketing, multiple taxation, forceful collection of taxes and illegal toll points, along the state corridors, saying this move would harmonise revenue collection and bring sanity to the system.
According to him, “the issue of multiple taxation does not emanate from the State Government, rather, from unscrupulous people, who parade themselves as authorized agents appointed to collect revenue on behalf of the state government. It is therefore expedient to have a legislation to regulate collection of revenue in the state”.
He noted that the State Government was determined to curb illicit revenue collection, as well as block revenue leakages, in order to enhance the State’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
The Permanent Secretary further advised that in stemming the menace, data of consultants and revenue agents appointed by Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of government, be submitted to the Ministry of Finance for proper documentation and monitoring.
He also revealed that Monitoring and Enforcement team of the Ministry has made remarkable achievements on the arrest and prosecution, over production and issuance of fake tickets and collection of fees without issuance of tickets, as well as other agents selling tickets above approved rates.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Ad-Hoc Committee, who is also the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Kadiri Oluwatimilehin noted that the Assembly had received petitions from members of the public, which necessitated the setting up of the committee to investigate matters associated with illegal multiple taxation, illegal ticketing, and toll points among others.
Hon. Oluwatimilehin emphasised the need for collaboration between MDAs of government to engender mutually beneficial revenue collection processes, saying ‘’the House of Assembly is ready to provide the necessary legal framework’’.