“I do not intend to assist the government that does not assist me” – Actress, Iyabo Ojo says

“I do not intend to assist the government that does not assist me” – Actress, Iyabo Ojo says

Renowned Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo, has stirred up a heated debate with her recent statement directed toward the Lagos State Government. Taking to social media, the outspoken actress expressed her dissatisfaction with the requirement to pay an annual environmental fee aimed at supporting government initiatives.

Iyabo shared a video showcasing a notice she received, demanding payment of the annual environmental fee to aid the government in covering incurred expenses. However, in response, the actress firmly declared her unwillingness to pay the fee, expressing her belief that she should not assist a government that fails to provide assistance to its citizens.

Highlighting the challenges faced by entrepreneurs in Nigeria, Iyabo emphasized the difficulties associated with foreign exchange, customs clearance, shipping, and complying with government policies. Her statement quickly garnered attention, sparking mixed reactions from the public.

One fan argued that citizens should fulfill their obligations to the government in order to facilitate positive change, stating that paying taxes and dues is essential for national development. Another individual highlighted the lack of tax compliance by both individuals and businesses in Nigeria, noting that in developed countries, citizens readily pay their taxes, which in turn enables the government to fulfill its responsibilities. The importance of citizens fulfilling their financial obligations to demand accountability from the government was also emphasized.

Amidst the discussions, another commentator acknowledged the challenges faced by entrepreneurs in Nigeria and expressed solidarity with Iyabo's viewpoint. However, it was pointed out that failure to comply with the fee could result in the sealing of her premises by the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), as permitted by the law.

The controversy surrounding Iyabo Ojo's refusal to pay the annual environmental fee highlights the broader issues of accountability, taxation, and the relationship between citizens and the government. The differing opinions reflect the complex dynamics and varying perspectives on civic responsibilities in Nigeria.

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