Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has tasked the management and staff of the Nasarawa State Internal Revenue Services, on sincerity and fear of God while discharging their responsibilities.
Engineer Sule laid the charge when he hosted the Chairman of the state internal revenue services, Alhaji Ahmed Yakubu Muhammad, at the Government House, on Thursday.
According to the governor, it’s not rocket science for Nasarawa State to generate N5bn monthly as IGR but that the need for the people of the state to be sincere and show willingness to pay what is expected of them and for those managing the income to go about their responsibilities with the fear of God.
Engineer Sule pointed out that with her comparative advantage, being closer to the Federal Capital, as well as her population, Nasarawa State has the potential to generate N5bn monthly as IGR.
“Once we agree to do the right thing, we will get there. We require proper training and sincerity. You need people to be on the same page with you,” the governor told the revenue board chairman.
He used the opportunity of the event to appreciate the internal revenue services for all the efforts and initiatives aimed at making Nasarawa State Independent in terms of IGR.
The Governor particularly thanked the board for the skilled initiatives brought to bear that are plugging loopholes and wastage in the system, instead of adding financial burden on the people.
He equally lauded the board for domesticating the central billing system, as well as the harmonization law passed by his administration, which is helping to improve the state’s monthly IGR.
Engineer Sule assured the board of adequate support towards the success of its initiatives, following which he disclosed plans to mandate MDAs to henceforth purchase stamps from the board.
“I have discussed many times with you about all the various initiaves, the POS, staff, as well as being able to capture our various sources of revenue, especially the Keke Napep, tricycles. Of course, now the more advanced initiative, the cameras.
“I want to thank your technical crew and for the effort that they are making,” he stated.
The governor, however, emphasized on the need for the board to properly train its staff before sending them out into the field with the new techniques of revenue collection.
He further reassured the board of his administration’s commitment to make the board self-autonomous, just as he directed the chairman to submit another request for the upgrade of the head office of the board.
Earlier, Chairman of the Nasarawa State Internal Revenue Service, Alhaji Ahmed Yakubu Muhammad, commended the Governor for introducing broad reforms that is assisting the board generate more IGR, particularly the passage into law of two major enablers, the Nasarawa State Central Billing System, as well as the State Harmonization and Administration Law.