CITIZENS COMPASS– THE executive chairman of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, LIRS, Mr Ayodele Subair has attributed the success of the unprecedented tax revolution being witnessed in the state, to the visionary leadership of the former State Governor and the All Progressive Congress, APC, Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the incumbent Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu.
He said about 70 per cent of its income is internally generated in the state.
He made this submission at his LIRS office in Alausa, when the management of the Daily Telegraph Publishing Company Limited, publishers of New Telegraph Newspapers led by the Managing Director, Ayodele Aminu and the Daily Editor, Juliet Bumah paid him a courtesy visit to intimate him about the decision to honour him with an award of leadership excellence at a ceremony to be held later in the year.
While thanking the New Telegraph newspapers for finding him worthy of being honoured as a result of the huge successes being recorded by the agency, the LIRS boss submitted, “Testament to our former governor, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu who had that vision to create some independent agencies like the LIRS and making the state to be less reliance on the federal government’s allocation.
“He is the father of this tax revolution in Lagos State. So we always must give him that credit. Since he made the LIRS board autonomous, the numbers have been leaping in bounds and we hope to continue on that trajectory because we have to provide the funding for the state.
“”The incumbent Governor has been very supportive of our innovations and fresh ideas in tax administration in Lagos State.”
Speaking further, he said, “The joy is when there is a bit of recognition, then you feel justified, you feel happy that you have spent all those long hours burning candles at night and so on and so forth justifiably. I’m very pleased that you have deemed it fit to honour myself and the agency at large. I assure you that management would be well represented at the actual award ceremony God’s willing.