There have been several matters of conjectures and deliberate misinformation about the relocation of Tuyil Pharmaceutical Industry and some other corporate bodies from Kwara State owing to high taxes by Kwara State Government; emanating from preconceived and erroneous notions of some segments of the public who portray themselves as armchair critics of the Government. Such segments have also been known to be typically resentful about the establishment of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) since they no longer have other means to execute their dubious plans like they used to do in the previous past. Here is the response of the KW-IRS’ Director, Administration and Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Adenike Babajamu on a social media platform called Kwara Consultative Forum.
According to her, “With due respect and to set the records straight, we must as a matter of fact verify rumours and confirm the source of all information. I work with the new Revenue Agency and I want to confirm in very strong language that no new tax has been imposed on Tuyil Pharmaceutical Industry nor any corporate body in Kwara State. We have a very cordial relationship with the Managing Director, Tuyil Pharmaceuticals and if you visit the company’s office, you will see new structures under construction. A company leaving town because of tax burden will not invest in the same company. As for Coca-Cola leaving town because of tax, this also is false.
The objectives of KW-IRS is clearly spelt out by our vision which is “To mobilise revenue for the strategic development of Kwara State”. Yes, I agree that we had and still have unresolved issues in the State but must we continue to watch? The answer is no. Our mandate is to stimulate voluntary compliance and block all leakages which were peculiar to previous tax collection process. This, we started earlier this year and I make bold to say that we have in the first six months made progress.
The effect may not be as fast as everyone would want but in a short while, will be seen by all. A few days from now, contractors will be returning to sites on all pending projects. Talking about the bad state of our roads as a result of people depositing refuse into drainage, we started environmental sensitisation and sanitation exercise last Saturday on Tanke Road. Just last month the new Infrastructure Fund Committee was inaugurated by the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji (Dr.) AbdulFatah Ahmed, and definitely IGR will begin to fund infrastructure development in the State.
Let us believe in our State and believe in the Change process by first being the change we want to see”.