Country Director of a Non-governmental organization PLAN International, Dr. Hussani Abdu, has called for the increase in taxes on luxury goods to enable the government to raise funds to build the economy.
He gave the advice on Tuesday in his speech at the 4th Progressive Governors Forum, ( PGF), Policy design session (PDS) for APC secretaries to state governments in Jos the state capital.
He said “when revenues are collected from such taxes, it will assist in providing better facilities for the poor. The country will witness some more difficult period, especially with the recession and stressed that sectors like health, education agriculture, and basic infrastructures should be given priority.
Plateau State Governor, Mr. Simon Lalong, who also spoke at the occasion called on Secretaries to governments of various states to remain key drivers of the polices by which their governments intend to achieve their goals.
“I admonish you in the words of our President to think outside the box as abnormal challenges call for abnormal solutions.”
The Governor who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Professor Sonni Tyoden , said the Secretaries to the state governments are responsible for designing the framework for these polices you continue to remain at the controls of what is generally called the engine room of government ” .
He also said Plateau state under an All Progressive Congress led government has regained its reputation as a destination of choice for progressive and for serious engagement on national Issues.
“I say that change has come to plateau and is being institutionalized. I am happy to receive you into this atmosphere created by the coming of our government on account of which we have attained a good measure of stability and made reasonable progress if this makes us proud as a state , it also makes us proud flag bearers of the change mantra.
“I am also happy because even when the change that we proclaim comes with its difficulties given the years of the locust that preceded our advent , we encourage by the faith and resilience of patriotic Nigerians who share in our vision and the genuine concern of our friends and well wishers all over the world”, he said.