Obaseki Inaugurates New Board Of Internal Revenue Service

Edo Governorship Election Tribunal Adjourns Till December 12
Edo State Governor-elect, Godwin Obaseki

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has charged a new board of Internal Revenue Service to meet up with the set revenue targets while ensuring compliance from tax payers without force.

Mr Obaseki stated this during an inauguration ceremony of the board at the exco chambers in the Government House in Benin City, the Edo state capital.

The governor urged the team to justify the confidence reposed in them.

“Each one of you that I have worked with over the years and had the privilege of associating with, I know that you have the grounding, the training and you have behind you, the accomplishments to enable you do this job that we have assigned to you.”

He also insisted on continuity with the recent tax reforms by the Edo state government.

“You have all the instruments to collect taxes and revenue for the state and i’m sure you will do it – but in conducting yourselves, ensure that you have the highest standards of ethics, of professionalism. You must be empathetic and humane to the people of Edo state.”

In his address, the Chairman of the Edo state Internal Revenue Service, Igbinidu Inneh, said the first task is to have a correct data base for all tax payers in the state.

“We have identified six critical success factors around which our strategies would be wrapped; legal and regulatory environment, availability of data, human capital capacity, technology selection, enlightenment and social inclusion and value for money.”

Kwara Govt. Warns Civil Servants Against Corruption

Kwara Govt. Warns Civil Servants Against CorruptionThe Kwara state government says it has put in place measures to ensure that corruption does not thrive in the administration especially among civil servants.

The State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, disclosed this at a seminar organised by the Passion for Peace Initiatives in partnership with the Kwara State Government Independent Corrupt Practices to enlighten civil servants about the dangers inherent in being corrupt.

Governor Ahmed, who was represented by the state’s Head of Service, Zarah Omar, explained that the distribution of projects, appointments and other dividends of democratic governance among the people of the state had been based on equity and merit, while the state civil service had become more efficient in service delivery

The measures put in place to ensure this include the establishment of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS) to block all leakages in the revenue collection system and increase the state’s internally generated revenue.

He also highlighted merit-based recruitment and promotion procedures to ensure the integrity of the state civil service.

According to him, the present administration regularly provides the public with information on FAAC allocation receipts and holds town hall meetings to get feedback from the public on government policies and decisions in order to ensure transparency and accountability in governance.

Governor Ahmed enjoined all political office holders and public servants to fight corruption by working for the common good of all.

He also advised the civil servants to shun absenteeism, lateness to work and other unethical conducts, describing such acts as corruption in the civil service.

In his remarks, an entrepreneur, Tunji Oyedepo, emphasized adherence to the rule of law as panacea to curbing corruption in the country.

He also advocated the return of parliamentary system of government in order to reduce the cost of running government under the present presidential system of government.

Earlier, the Executive Director, Passion for Peace Initiatives, Mr Olalekan George, explained that the seminar was organised for civil servants whom he described as engine of the government.

He urged them to be morally upright in the interest of the state.

Governor Ahmed commended Passion for Peace Initiative for organizing the event and urged the organization to sustain the initiative by creating year round programmes to promote peace in the state.

Osun To Create Jobs, Increase Revenue Through Gaming Entertainment

OsunThe Osun State Government has given an assurance that it would continue to create an enabling environment for investors to thrive in the state.

The Acting Chairman of the Osun Internal Revenue Service, Dayo Oyebanji, stated this in Osogbo the Osun State capital, at a meeting where a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with a foreign gaming company.

He stated that the gaming initiative was not only to create employment for many youths, but to also boost the state’s revenue generation through entertainment.

He explained that creating an enabling environment for investors would in turn improve the economic base of government to help meet its statutory obligation of providing basic needs for its citizens.

Describing the initiative, which is a landmark for Osun State, he added that the project would also empower people to make money for themselves.

The Internal Revenue boss maintained that in order to achieve the objectives of the partnership, the gaming would be automated thereby enhancing zero tolerance for leakages of revenue.

One of the project partners, John Kamara, had earlier pointed out that aside from building and discovering new talents, the entertainment industry in Osun state would also be developed.

Kamara promised to deliver on the MoU signed with the Osun State government to boost the state’s economy as agreed.

While assuring them of success, he said that the company, through gaming and entertainment, had partnered with many countries to build their economy.

Don’t Attack Tax Collectors, Ogun Warns Citizens

The Ogun state government warned residents and citizens over claims that members of staff of the State  Internal Revenue Service face assaults while performing their constitutional duties of collecting taxes on behalf of the state.

The Chairman, Ogun Internal Revenue Service, Jide Odubanjo, said this, while reacting to the alleged assault and unlawful detention of his men at the premises of the Living Faith Church worldwide in Ota, Ado/Odo, Ota local government area.

He said that the government will no longer tolerate any further act of violence on any of its officers and agents in the lawful discharge of their duties, adding that perpetrators would be made to face the full weight of the law.