By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
The Plateau State Government has declared N3.09 billion as its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the first quarter of 2018.
Mr Dashe Arlat, Chairman, Plateau State Internal Revenue Service (PSIRS), told newsmen in Jos that the revenue collected during the period “is the highest ever in the history of the service.’’
“Looking back at what (N2.5bn) we generated during the same period under review, we have an increase of about N600 million representing about 16 per cent increase this year, ’’ .
Arlat, who described the collection as “very huge’’ and “encouraging’’ attributed it to the renewed vigor of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and staff of PSIRS in the new year.
According to him, the MDAs and the service had been holding series of workshops and stakeholders meetings toward better and workable means of improving the revenue collection of the state in the 21ast century.
He explained that the feat was achieved considering the tremendous improvements in both PAYE, levies and charges from MDAs and the PSIRS.
The chairman gave the monthly analysis showing January having the highest collection of N1, 272, 660, 166.83, February – N828, 659, 163. 13 and March – N997, 225, 334. 09 respectively.
“At the beginning of the year, we set a target of nothing less than a N1 billion as our monthly Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) toward strengthening and improving government’s provision of basic social amenities to the citizens of the State.
“As it is now, with what we have so far generated, we have gotten there, and we hope to improve on it as we move on in the year,’’ he assured.
Arlat further disclosed that the staff of Ministry of Tourism had begun going out the streets to ensure that all hotels, events centres. Drinking spots, viewing centres among others were duly captured and registered for payment of taxes and levies.
He stated that all other MDAs would soon follow suit especially Ministry of Land and Physical Planning, which was expected to begin collection of ground rents having almost concluding numbering of the houses within the Jos-Bukuru Metropolis.
According to the Chairman, last year signing of the Harmonization Bill by Governor Simon Lalong and the new technology adopted, greatly helped at checkmating wastages.
The PSIRS boss commended the staff of the service for their dedication to duty even though working under some difficult conditions.
The chairman, who said that the response from the tax payers in the state had been “very encouraging,’’ further appealed to them to continue to with that display of patriotism.