Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has said his successor should be able to sustain and deepen tax collection and administration policies initiated by his administration.
Following in this path would enable his successor to deliver on people’s oriented programmes, he said.
Oshiomhole, whose two tenures of eight years comes to an end by November of this year, spoke on the topic: “Dwindling Revenue from Crude Oil: The Challenges for State Governments” at the first lecture series of the Correspondents Chapel of the Edo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Benin-City.
The governor revealed that many persons including government officials, were not paying taxes before the inception of his administration.
He, however, said state and federal governments must broaden its tax net and place more emphasis on indirect taxes.
Mfr. Oshiomhole further said government must demonstrate a high sense of responsibility and integrity on how it appropriate funds and how the funds are being appropriated for the good of all and sundry in the state.
“The next government after me should be able to widen and deepen the tax collection regime to be able to deliver on its services to the people of the state. Delivery on services entails the availability of funds and the government should expand the scope of revenue generations in the midst of dwindling oil prices to be able succeed.
“Government must broaden the tax net and its administration to ensure that the taxable people in the state are all captured in the tax generation process”, he stated.