By; Amos Mathew, Kaduna.
Determined to ensure a sustained increase in the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state, the Kaduna Internal Revenue Services (KADIRS) Wednesrday held a one day retreat for the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the 23 local government areas and revenue collectors in the state.
Speaking on the essence of the retreat which held at the State Ministry of Local Government, the Chairman KADIRS Alhaji Mukhtar Ahmed said it was to interface with the IMC chairmen and revenue collectors in the state.
He said, KADIRS in terms of revenue generation in 2016 did better than 2015, stressing that “in 2016, we collected about 17.05 billion naira which is an appreciation over the 2015 which was about 11 billion naira.
“We are expecting a better performance in 2017 hence the retreat with the theme “stakeholders role in local government revenue generation, collection and sharing in Kaduna” is further aimed at reducing the challenges of 2016 and improve on the collection in 2017.
” I must commend the contribution and support of Kaduna residence who are the tax payers. That is why some of the revenue we generated is being ploughed back into executing projects in the state” he said.
Speaking on revenue generation, IMC chairmen of Jema’a local government Hon. Bege Katuka, that of Kaura LGA Alex Musa Iya and GIWA LGA. Yunusa Musa Ibrahim all commended the initiative of KADIRS describing the retreat as timely and educative.
They all confessed that the retreat has broaden their knowledge but bared their mind on the insecurity in their respective local governments which has affected revenue generation to some extend.