Osun State Governor Gboyega Oyetola has urged the residents to pay their taxes regularly to enable the government discharge its responsibilities effectively.
The governor spoke at the weekend at his hometown, Iragbiji, in Boripe Local Government Area, during the 27th Iragbiji Day and launching of a development fund.
Addressing the leaders and indigenes of the state, who attended the event in a large number, the governor said major programmes of his administration, such as the feeding of pupils, security of life and property as well as provision of amenities, cannot be carried out without sufficient resources.
“We cannot continue to rely on revenue from the Federation Account,” he said.
Part of the governor’s plans is to raise the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state without adding to the burden of the people.
Oyetola said development of towns rests with everybody and not the government alone.
The governor urged parents to devote full attention to the upbringing of their children because their future is “key to the development of the country”.
He regretted that children have taken to bad habits, like cultism and drug addiction, adding: “Indeed, I am amazed at the behaviour of many children these days.”
Oyetola addressed the residents, led by the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdulrasheed Olabomi, who was supported by other traditional rulers and his chiefs.
The governor noted that bringing up children should be the responsibility of everybody in the society, as obtained in the past, “because kids who continue to embrace bad habits will have a jeopardised future”.
He hailed the community for its self-development efforts, especially the current construction of a 4,500-seat civic centre.
Oyetola said the palace of the traditional ruler should be made more befitting.
The governor and his friends pledged N5 million to the development fund out of the estimated N10 million raised at the event.