Abuja - Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has
called on Nigerians to pay their taxes to enable government meet the demands of
He made the appeal as he received the President of Lagos
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr Nike Akande, and other executive
members of the body in Abuja.
He said the deficits in the 2016 budget constituted a serious burden for government
and the only panacea for the present
economic decline was to explore home-grown solutions.
“The truth is that, going forward, we must remind
ourselves how we got to this situation where revenues have dropped
significantly," he said.
"As a country, we are going through a very difficult
time. This is not only in Nigeria, it is a global crisis. These days, the era
of easy money is over."
He said government must create an enabling environment
for businesses to grow and hence create employment.
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"The private sector has a role to play. There is a
need to enhance a positive tax culture,”
He stressed the need for mutual cooperation and
patriotism among different government agencies, parastatals and private
“This collaboration should enhance exchange of
information, and reduce the incidence of tax evasion as well as fraudulent tax
The Senate President assured his guests of the Senate's
readiness to partner with all relevant stakeholders to revive the economy.
“We have to work together. We need your support. In the
area of infrastructure, government alone cannot do it," said Saraki.
Akande lauded the 8th Senate under the leadership of
Saraki for its supportive roles and quality legislation.
"The Chamber is ready to support every
effort of the government aimed at enhancing the financial fortunes of the
country," Akande said.
- CAJ News