Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has appealed to the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye and other religious leaders to assist in explaining to their members the need to pay their taxes to the state. The governor also revealed plans by his administration to link Sango-Ota in Ogun State with Ojodu-Abiodun in Lagos State with a dual-carriage road.
Senator Amosun, while receiving a delegation of RCCG leaders led by Pastor Adeboye, said taxation remained crucial to development.
He enjoined religious leaders to speak to their congregations on the need to pay their taxes in the state of residence.
Senator Amosun regretted that majority of the people living in Mowe/Ibafo axis of the state paid their taxes to Lagos, saying that “it is tax we use in developing infrastructure and we are committed to infrastructural development of the border areas, but we need them to assist us too by paying their taxes to where they reside.
“Many people in that area pay their taxes to Lagos but 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 too in getting this done,” he said.
Governor Amosun, while explaining the rationale behind the planned linking of Sango-Ota to Ojodu-Abiodun in Lagos, stressed that the move would ease traffic congestion along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
He added that the move would also reduce the stress experienced by worshippers at the Redemption Camp and others wishing to link the Lagos-Ibadan Expressroad from Sango-Ota.
The governor hailed the positive contributions of the RCCG to the development of the state and asked for more cooperation.
Pastor Adeboye had earlier prayed that Ogun State would reclaim its rightful position as a leading state in Nigeria during the tenure of Governor Amosun.
He prophesied that the time was near when Ogun State would become the flagship of Nigeria.