Tinubu plans to boost revenue, achieve 18 % tax-to-GDP

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Abuja, Aug.  8, 2023 – President Bola Tinubu says his administration is committed to boosting revenue generation to achieve 18 percent tax-to-GDP ratio within three years. 

Tinubu said this on Tuesday while inaugurating the presidential committee on fiscal policy and tax reforms, headed by Mr. Taiwo Oyedele. 

He also expressed his commitment to breaking Nigeria’s cycle of excessive borrowing for public expenditures with the attendant debt burden.

Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), in a statement, said the president directed the committee to focus on three areas of fiscal governance, tax reforms, and growth facilitation. 

The President emphasized the vital role their work plays in fulfilling the promise of his administration.

” We cannot blame the people for expecting much from us. To whom much is given, much is expected. 

”It is even more so when we campaigned on a promise of a better country anchored on our Renewed Hope Agenda.

“ I have committed myself to use every minute I spend in this office to work to improve the quality of life of our people.” 

Tinubu highlighted Nigeria’s lower-than-desired Tax-to-GDP ratio and difficulties in tax payment processes.  

“We aim to transform the tax system to support sustainable development while achieving a minimum of 18% tax-to-GDP ratio within the next three years. 

”Without revenue, the government cannot provide adequate social services to the people it is entrusted to serve. 

”The Committee, in the first instance, is expected to deliver a schedule of quick reforms that can be implemented within thirty days.

“Critical reform measures should be recommended within six months, and full implementation will take place within one calendar year.” 

Oyedele, Chairman of the Committee, assured the President of the committee’s unwavering dedication to giving their best to Nigeria’s interest. 

“Many of our existing laws are outdated, hence they require comprehensive updates to achieve full harmonization to address the multiplicity of taxes, and to remove the burden on the poor and vulnerable while addressing the concerns of all investors, big and small,” he said.  (GBN)

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