Tax payment: Foundation enrolls 2,000 students for advocacy

By Francis Orgah
Calabar

Dreamboat Foundation, a Calabar-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) has said that it had enrolled 2,000 students from 15 secondary schools in Cross River state to carry out advocacy on tax payment.
President of the organisation, Ms Edisua Ita, disclosed this yesterday in Calabar at a Children’s Day Lecture/Seminar organised in collaboration with Students Tax Advocacy Initiative (STAI).

She said: “For the last two years, Dreamboat has partnered with STAI to replicate the SAT programme in 15 schools. The 15 schools and their teachers have done marvelous work. We have done one-on-one talks to parents.
“We have printed magazines, poems, drama and dance to advocate for regular tax payments by parents.”

The president commended the state Ministry of Education and state Board of Internal Revenue for their support.
She said since the state had lost its oil wells, payment of tax should be compulsory for every citizen.
“Cross River does have much from oil revenue, so tax-paying culture is the only way forward. Tax is the only avenue we can generate revenue for the development of our state.”

Speaking, the Chief Operating Officer of STAI, Ms Robo Oduwole, said STAI had in the last three years, engaged young Nigerians in nation building.
She said: “Today, in over 170 schools across 12 states and the FCT, the campaign for tax payment by our young tax advocates is a proof that children and young people are indeed our most valuable resource.

“And if given the necessary support can become change agents in their communities.”
She said this year’s event underscored STAI’s commitment towards equipping “our young advocates” as they take their role in building a “better Nigeria” through taxes.

The Director, Child Education in the Ministry of Education, Mr Amang Oja, commended Dreamboat and STAI for their foresight, saying that the state government was very serious about the issues of tax as it depended much on revenue realised from tax to continue the numerous infrastructure developments in schools.