November 28, 2020

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Absence of legal backing accounts for poor IGR in Katsina

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By Augustine Okezie, Katsina

Katsina State Chairman of the Board of Internal Revenue, IGR, Alhaji Aminu Darabati Abdulmuminu, has declared that the absence of a uniformed law on revenue collection for Katsina State accounts for the poor ranking of the state amongst states on revenue generation.

The IGR boss who made the disclosure while addressing journalists during a ministerial press briefing held at Government House Katsina, said the state would have enjoyed a higher ranking in revenue collection but for the absence of a uniformed code that will ensure single revenue account and accommodate what he called “self expanded organisations, MDAs and other sub organisations.”

He said “Katsina would have ranked amongst 10 to 15 positions on revenue generating states like Kaduna, Kano and so on, but for the absence of a uniformed code on revenue collection in the state.”

“The board should, with the provision of the requisite uniformed legal code, take over the total IGR collections and deploy its full staff in the field covering all areas, including the universities and other state institutions.”

“In reality speaking, Katsina revenue is not what is being projected for now.”

He further identified some of the challenges facing the board to include: lack of establishment of a single revenue account, need to expand tax data base, conducting rigorous enlightenment on payment of taxes, collaborating with road safety and allied security agencies for smooth tax and revenue collections and the need for capacity building and training for staff.

He further announced that between 2017 and 2019, the state generated: N18.68b, N10.28b and N9.93b revenues respectively