Why I Have Refused To Buy New Vehicles – Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has on Thursday revealed why he has decided not to acquire new vehicles as a Governor, charging other Governors to look into their expenditure profile and do away with unnecessary spending.
Speaking at the 22nd Annual Tax Conference of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) held at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island in Lagos, Sanwo-Olu stressed the need for better utilisation of tax payers’ money by public office holders to build the trust of the citizens, adding that State executives must work toward having a better reform process.Sanwo-Olu
The Governor, who disclosed that he is yet to use state resources to purchase any vehicle for himself since he assumed office as Governor on May 29, 2019, said it is not necessarily fanciful that Governors must buy brand new vehicles when there is no need for them. “We need to look at our expenditure profile as Chief Executive of our state and ask ourselves, where can I cut the red tape; what can I do away with so as to increase the revenue of my state or even make available more money for my state. What I have done till date is that I have not purchased any single official vehicle for myself, for any of my personal staff or any of my family members from the government purse”, he said.
“If you see me have a convoy of 10 vehicles, these are all vehicles I was using during my campaigns. Governor Nasir el-Rufai joined me in one of my cars this morning and I can tell you that vehicle was one of the vehicles I used for my campaign; it is not brand new. So, I said to my people that, it is not a fanciful thing that every governor must begin to buy brand new vehicles when you do not need to. So, all of those millions have gone back into the treasury of the state and we are using it to develop the state very well.”, he added.Sanwo-Olu
Governor Sanwo-Olu who stressed the need to increase revenue generation without totally dependent on revenue from oil, charged tax practitioners, especially members of CITN, to take leadership position and put themselves in rightful position in Nigeria to increase government revenue and change the narrative in the country.
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Speaking at the event, Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai commended Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s leadership in managing the affairs of the state. Adding that Nigeria is not collecting more revenue as it should collect, El-Rufai said Kaduna State has learned a lot from Lagos State in term of economic development and internal revenue generation (IGR), which has helped his state to reform its tax generation.
Lagos State Governor, Sanwo-Olu
Babanide Sanwo-Olu flaunted by his Deputy, Hamzat (L) and Health Commissioner, Abayomi
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