How Lagos generated N287bn IGR despite recession – Ambode

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has thanked tax payers in the State for performing their civic obligations in 2016.

Ambode said the State recorded more Internally Generated Revenue in 2016 than what was recorded in 2015 despite economic recession in the country.

As at December 16, 2016, Lagos had raked in N287 billion IGR for the year under review as against N268.2 billion generated in 2015.

Speaking at a special evening of music and camaraderie held at the Lagos House, Ikeja, Ambode said the taxes paid by the people have been judiciously utilized to upgrade infrastructures and provide various services.

He said: “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.

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