Plateau Govt Generates N2.06b In First Quarter
The sum of 2.06 billion naira has been generated as revenue by the Plateau State Government for the first quarter of the year 2016. Acting Chairman of the Plateau State Board of Internal Revenue Service (PSIRS), Mr Dashe Arlat, made the disclosure to some newsmen in Jos, on Tuesday, describing the revenue collected within the period as “very encouraging” in comparison with the N1.84 billion realized in the corresponding period last year.
According to him, “From the amount so realized this first quarter of the year, it is glaring that we have improved with our revenue generation from that of last year with N219, 506, 232.86.
“In fact, by what we just realized, it’s a clear indication that we shall definitely meet our target of N13 billion for this year; and this is because we have not yet included our arrears of tax liabilities of about N5 billion,” he said.
While analysing the collection for the period under review, the chairman disclosed that the amount realized was made up of N350,720,319.98 (PAYE), N982,889,890.67 (Pay Direct) and N711,783,427.50 (Remittal).
The chairman explained further that, “From what we have generated so far, it is a proof that we are doing better, in spite of the economic down turn in the country. We have heard from some quarters that, we are on the lower side in our collections, but this fit will silence our detractors and equally encourage my staff to do more,” he stated.
Mr Arlat attributed that the boost in the revenue collection to the Single Treasury Account (STA), which the state has keyed into at the beginning of the year was in compliance with the Federal Government’s (TSA) directive.
He reiterated that PSIRS has high expectation from the MDAs, which he said are supposed to generate more than the service, considering the verse opportunities opened to them, adding that, “We are trying to harmonize our collections and synergy, including the Local Governments, whose revenue collections have not been captured in the data of the period under review.”
He further pointed out that they were looking at Non Tax Revenue, especially from services being rendered by government, such as water supply as well as registration of business premises, hotels, schools, land documentation and building plans to boost the revenue. “It is our belief that harmonization will take us somewhere if only we pursue it with vigour towards generating substantial revenue.”