By Bisi Adedayo, Ilorin
Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed of Kwara State has sworn-in the Transition Implementation Committees for all the 16 Local Government Areas in the state.
Inaugurating the committees on Tuesday, Governor Ahmed charged them to clear backlog of salaries and pensions in their individual’s council areas within the shortest possible time.
Governor Ahmed who directed the TIC to make financial prudence their watchword, advised them to prioritize infrastructure that will bring swift relief to the people.
The Governor also warned members of the committee against unnecessary appointments ostentation and conduct capable of calling their integrity into question.
He assured members of the committees of the state government’s support to the local government councils within available resources and guidance to see them through the difficult times.
According to him, when the report of the State Committee on Personnel Database Development is submitted, monthly recurrent expenditure at the local and state levels will reduce, thus freeing funds for infrastructural development.
The Governor reminded the people on the need to pay their taxes and levies regularly for the government to have funds required for the infrastructural development of the state, threatening that tax defaulters would face the wrath of the law.
He said: “Just as the welfare of citizens is obligatory to the government, the payment of taxes is compulsory for all eligible individuals and businesses. You cannot expect to benefit from services provided by government from taxes and yet refuse to contribute by paying your tax.
“Government at state and local government levels will, therefore, not hesitate to invoke the law to punish those found guilty of tax avoidance or evasion.”
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, the Chairman, Ilorin East Local Government, Alhaji Muhammed Dan Memoru promised that they would discharge their responsibilities with utmost commitment to the welfare of the people of their local councils.
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