- The Nigerian government has been asked to force adult citizens to pay tax
- Governor Nasir El-Rufai who lamented the low rate of tax collection in the country made this call recently
- Going further, the Kaduna state governor insisted that this is part of citizens obligation
The Nigerian federal government has been urged to do everything possible to increase the internally generated revenue of the country.
The call was made by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, The Sun reports.
He said low rate of internal revenue collection in the country depresses public finances, hampers the ability to deliver social goods, services and physical infrastructure.
According to the governor, as a result of this, the ability to create job and expand public revenues will be negatively affected.
He said even though Nigeria is trying its best in terms of tax collection, there is still much potential for growing Value Added Tax (VAT) and independent revenues of the federal government.
El-Rufai lamented that there were resistance to the hike in VAT from five per cent to 7.5 per cent which is lower than that of the country's immediate neighbours.
He insisted that Nigeria must look inwards and compel every adult to pay tax as part of citizenship obligation.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have condemned the argument raised by the Kaduna governor.
Ismaeel Hashim Salihu commented:
"This is highly level of stupidity and inhumanity. Can you imagine if this heartless become a president. Insha Allah after your tenure expiration, you will never ever hold any political office anymore.
"He is always wants to create hardships to the poor and vulnerable people of the society."
Godswill Achoja noted:
"Elrufai is the devil himself - If not, with all the pain Nigerians are going through, nothing is working, you are still talking of more taxation. Anyway, he should send his children to collect the tax from street to street o. God will judge you."
Okatta Chijioke stated:
"To pay tax from which income? The jobs you created for them? A country without ordinary steady electricity that other countries in the world offer their citizens. They have not even offered constant electricity not to talk of jobs. How many politicians from western nations send their kids outside their country to study? Because there are no good schools not to talk of hospitals. A country amongst the richest Oil producing country. May Almighty God have mercy on you people."
In another development, Legit.ng reported that as the federal government prepares to seek a N1.2 billion loan from Brazil, Governor El-Rufai raised the alarm that the country has almost reached its maximum capacity to borrow.
The governor said with the collapse of the crude oil prices, the nation should be more proactive to avoid external shocks.
He said the country should start developing tax extraction capacity and create an effective tax system that influences structural change.
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