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Nigerian Emerges Best Alumni of Ip3 Washington DC

August 25, 2014

George Okoh

The first African winner of the Best Alumnus of the Institute for Public-Private Partnership, IP3, Washington DC, Mr. Joseph Tsavsar, has identified non-payment of taxes by Nigerians as a major hindrance to the socio-economic development of the country.

He lamented that Nigeria was not making appreciable progress in the area of fiscal planning and budget implementation due to the failure of its citizenry to perform their civic responsibility of regularly paying their taxes.

Tsavsar made this known yesterday, while fielding questions from newsmen in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, and also blamed government officials whom he said encouraged tax evasion in all sectors of the nation's economy.

Tsavsar, who is a Senior Special Assistant to Governor Gabriel Suswam on Special Projects, further said, "Annual fiscal estimates are tied to taxes, because without taxes no government can deliver on its promises and commitments to the people. "I can assure you that if we all pay our taxes, and for any reason the monies are misapplied by those in government, people will ask question and government will be held accountable to the people who finance its day-to-day activities."

Tsavsar emerged the best alumni of the IP3 after beating several other competitors worldwide and polling over sixty thousand votes over his close competitor. The Institute specialises in IPP arrangement and it is the first time an African is winning the award.

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Source: AllAfrica

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