A call has gone out to citizens of the State of Osun, who are eligible, to pay their taxes as a commitment to their responsibility for social and economic development of the state.
This call was contained in a statement from the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), made available to the media on Monday, 21st March, 2016, and signed by the party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barr Kunle Oyatomi.
In the statement, the party also called on all public-spirited men and women to contribute ideas to solving the economic crisis ravaging the country and the state, rather than indulging in ‘self-defeatist criticism’ of the Rauf Aregbesola-led APC government of the state.
According to the party, the current economic crisis was avoidable, but for massive corruption of the PDP-led Federal government that squandered the country’s resources within a period of 16 years from 1999 – 2015.
“Matters were complicated by the crash of oil price from over 120 dollars per barrel to 27 dollars as at January 2016.
“This was a catastrophe that affected the state of Osun terribly, for we were perhaps the most relatively ambitious in the country to accelerate human, economic, environmental and social development within our state,” the APC claimed.
According to the party, “external forces (both local and international), which were not apparent at the time of planning and execution of the Osun Development Plan combined to put a violent halt to the exceptional progress being made”.
“This crisis is existential’, the APC declared, stressing that, “it is not a time for people to play the blame game, but for sensible ones amongst us to seek a solution.
“Those who do not have sensible contributions to make should stop muddying the waters with uninformed and irresponsible criticisms’, the party declared.
‘One of the ways out, at least, to keep the state afloat, is to ramp up internally generated funds through taxation, which is what the government is doing.
“It is on the strength of this that we are urging all those who are eligible to pay their taxes so that the state can manage its affairs until this national economic crisis is resolved”.