By YAHYA SARKI,
The Kebbi State government said it has generated over N6.4 billion from Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in two years.
The state commissioner of Finance, Alhaji Ibrahim Augie, made this known to newsmen in a ministerial briefing organised by the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ in Birnin Kebbi, yesterday.
He said the amount was meager when compared with other high revenue generating states in the country.“The board of Internal Revenue contributed a total sum of N6.441,581,185 to the state coffers since the inception of this administration.
“ This is a meager amount when juxtaposed with other high revenue generating states,” he said.
According to him efforts would be geared towards raising the revenue of the state, adding that the tax laws and administration would be reviewed to conform with the current realities .
“We will also review rates, fees, fines ,charges and levies; block leakages by prohibiting cash collection and introducing e- collection following the implementation of the Single Treasury Account (TSA) in the state,” Augie said.
The commissioner said the ministry in collaboration with the Public Sector Governance Reform and Development Project would carry out survey of tax payers in order to bring more persons and business into the tax net.
According to him, the ongoing deployment of staff to the board of internal revenue is aimed at beefing up the collection efforts.