Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, and the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi, have restated the need for people to pay tax in order to fast-track development in the state.
They both spoke in Iwo at the 25th edition of the Iwo Day celebration which was the first since the new monarch was installed.
Aregbesola who was represented by the former special adviser on health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, said there was no doubt that the state still has a long way to go to achieve the vision of the administration.
He said, “With the dwindling revenue from oil, it is getting clearer by the day that agricultural activities remain the only ways to energise the economy.
“We, therefore, implore our people that in the face of the realities facing our country and the need for us not to relent in the development of our state, let us carry out our duties by paying taxes”.
The governor congratulated the people of Iwo on the emergence of a new monarch, adding that the support already demonstrated by the people shows that the new Oba is the choice of his people.
Oba Akanbi, while addressing the huge crowd of residents and visitors who witnessed the Iwo Day celebration, said nowhere in the world do people expect development without fulfilling their own side of the bargain.
Expressing appreciation to the governor for endorsing his candidature as the new Oluwo, Oba Akanbi said he was poised to key into the development agenda of the administration.
He stated, “I wish to place on record that the development of our town is most paramount to me. I have come at a time when my people yearn for development. I have come at a time when my people need jobs. We call on all and sundry to join hands with us as we embark on this journey to take our land to a greater height”.