Lagos State Government says residents of the state spend over N1bn on parties and entertainment every month.
Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Ademorin Kuye, said this on Thursday at the briefing of the ministry in Alausa, Ikeja.
He said the benefits of entertainment industry had not been fully utilised in Lagos and the country, adding that taxes that should accrue to the government were spent on social gatherings.
“There is merriment tax in the constitution; it’s part of the rate local governments can collect. We have not utilised the benefit of the entertainment industry in this state.
“Over N1bn is spent monthly in Lagos State on entertainment. We have the records to confirm this and these people, how many of them pay taxes? The money goes into drinks, wine, food and aso-ebi and nobody wants to pay anything to the government.”
Kuye said those clamoring for autonomy for local governments were not sincere but were only pushing for it to score political points.