What do they have in churches and mosques that you are taxing them? – Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli, ZLP governorship candidate in Oyo State.
The gubernatorial candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in Oyo State, Barrister Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli, has cricised the Governor Isiaka Ajimobi led government of the state over the decision to impose taxes on churches and mosques in the state.
Alli, while addressing journalists on Friday in Ibadan, the state capital, described the move as another way to increase the level of hardship in the state, urged the governor to look for money in other areas instead of imposing levies on religious centres in the state.
He urged the government to consider other sources of revenue generation offered in areas of businesses, industries, agriculture etc that are largely untapped, and not religious centres whose motive is not for profit making.
“If you’re looking for money you should go elsewhere. There are some untapped revenues the government has not tapped. Churches and mosques should not be taxed. What do they have in churches and mosques that you are taxing them. That is not the place to make money. Go elsewhere.
“There are a lot of untapped areas. So, if you are looking for money, you don’t go there. Ajimobi’s achievements is just cosmetic. What we are after is good governance in the state. Pensioners won’t be afraid of retiring.
“We, are after getting good governance in Oyo, government is not about propaganda. Since we left government in 2017, no government again. Infrastructure has been dilapidated. Agricultural policy is on the paper. We don’t see it in the life of the people.
“Crime rate is higher now. The achievement of government is just cosmetic. What we are after is good governance in the state. Pensioners won’t be afraid of retiring.
“The state is now 26, 30th position the state which used to be first for many years. For many years Oyo is yet to access its counterpart fund. The money is there. It is now 25% so that the state will be able to access it. We’re going to give a human face to governance. I will take off where Ladoja stopped.
“We had community-driving economy when we were in government. It isn’t about having empty silos in the state. In other climes farmers are rich but here the reverse is the case. We are going to create a prosperous Oyo state. We are pacesetter but now we copy the others most unfortunate is the we didn’t copy right.
“Some local government don’t have general hospitals. It show you that there is nothing like modernity. We have been backward, when Akala constructed road with certain amount, people were complaining but now they constructing a kilometer road with 1 billion naira, is that modernity. Look at the Mokola-Ojoo road constructed over ten years ago and the one constructed recently in Eleyele-Dugbe, can you compare the two? That is why I said that we are only copying in Oyo state.”