The Guaranty Trust Bank Monday morning rolled out a red carpet for the state’s Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. The governor, accompanied by retinue of aides and the state’s press corps, made a choreographed visit to the bank's ’s branch at Opebi, in the Ikeja area of Lagos, where he announced the abolition of cash payment for government revenues effective from March 1.
A statement by press secretary Habib Aruna said Governor Ambode was in the bank to pay his Land Use charge.
The statement said the measure was aimed at improving on service delivery to residents of the State and as well block all revenue leakages.
“In order to ensure that the government improves on the quality of service delivery to our people, effective from 1st March, 2018, no payment or taxes will be made by cash henceforth across the State.
“Tax payers should be able to pay all legitimate bills through all payment channels at their own time and convenience. The transaction process is now going to be every day, anytime and no weekends.
“We should be able to pay our taxes from any bank, any branch using webpay, paypoint and USSD, thereby encouraging mobile money without any contact with government officials. I repeat, every kobo counts; do not pay into wrong hands anymore,” Governor Ambode said.
He said in partnership with Interswitch Limited, all the multi-layer platforms would henceforth be deployed and used by all government Ministries, Agencies, Parastatals, Associated Companies and Units.
“Just as I paid, instantly, I received my receipt as evidence of payment which shows that every kobo I have invested is going directly to the Lagos State Government account.”
The governor also urged local government councils and local development council areas to follow suit so to enable them equally block revenue leakages.