It has been revealed that while many states of the federation reeled in self-pity over the biting effect of Nigeria’s economic recession, Lagos state made more money from internally generated revenue in 2016.
The state governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, made this disclosure while commending tax payers for performing their civic obligations faithfully.
Ambode said the state recorded more internally-generated revenue (IGR) in 2016 than what was recorded in 2015 despite economic recession in the country.
As at December 16, 2016 the state had raked in N287 billion internally-generated revenue for the year under review as against the N268.2 billion generated in 2015.
The governor, who spoke at a special evening of music and camaraderie held at the Lagos House, Ikeja, to usher in the Yuletide season, said the taxes paid by the people have been judiciously utilized to upgrade infrastructures and provide various services.
He said further that Lagosians deserved to be appreciated for cooperating with government in that regard.
Concerning the significance of the event which featured various performances and was attended by top political leaders, captains of industries, media executives, professionals in various fields, members of the diplomatic corps, among others, Ambode said the state government was greatly appreciative of the contributions of the people to its growth in the year under review.
He added that the event was principally to appreciate them.
“You wonder what it is that we are doing? We said it is an evening with the governor but the truth is I just set this up to appreciate all of you and to say a big thank you.
“Yes, people have been saying that Lagos is working but Lagos is only working because of the people who are seated here.
“The tax payers are the ones giving us the little energy that we have and even though when they say Nigeria is in recession, but somehow Lagos has been able to do it and it is because people are paying their taxes.
“The truth is that the people have been carrying out their civic obligations and somehow we have been returning those obligations with the services that we have provided and you found out that this year; we have actually made more IGR than last year under a recession.
“So, somehow, we need to appreciate all the people that have made this to happen and then I look at the way I could use arts, entertainment, tourism and hospitality not only to promote the excellence that Lagos has always been known for but to provide another sector of revenue for Lagos state and I felt one of the ways to go about that was to invite our old celebrities that we seem to have forgotten and spend an evening with them,” Governor Ambode said.
The event had the national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola of Osun; deputy governor of Lagos state, Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule, in attendance.
Others who were part of the ceremony re minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Chief Bisi Akande and Senator Isiaka Adeleke; former Governor Donald Duke of Cross River state; lawmaker Femi Gbajabiamila; Senator Solomon Adeola Olamilekan and Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon as well as speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa.