Plateau govt rakes N2.5b internally generated revenue in first quarter
The sum of N2.5 billion has been realized as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the first quarter of 2017, by the Plateau State Board of Internal Generated Revenue. Mr Dashe Arlat, who is chairman, Plateau State Internal Revenue Service (PSIRS), made the disclosure to newsmen on Thursday in Jos.
The chairman disclosed that the bulk of the revenue came from “pay-as-you-earn” (PAYE) with the remaining from the MDAs and the PSIRS during the period under review.
Arlat, who described the collection as “very huge” and “encouraging,” attributed it to the staffers’ hard work and the reforms PSIRS has been able to undertake in recent times.
“Even though we are not there yet, we have introduced various strategies, including ‘Smart Collection’ – a technology that fast tracks issuances of Tax Identification Numbers (TIN) to tax payers and quick mode of payment.
“We also employed about 500 Ad-hoc staff, whom we have sent out into the streets to capture tax payers, especially those within the informal sector,” the chairman
explained, while also stating that the new technology has helped at checkmating wastages and, that, the Service hopes to increase the number of the Ad-hoc staff in the near future.
In analysing the collection of the period under review, Arlat said that the month of January had the highest collection of N877,828 million, followed by March with N825,859 million, while February was the least, with N781,756 million.
According to him, the collection in the first quarter was about N485 million higher than the N2.06 billion realized in the corresponding period in 2016, and N643 million higher than the N1.84 billion in 2015, respectively.
The PSIRS boss commended the staff of the Service for their resilience at ensuring that the state government was not disappointed with them in the course of contributing their quota to the development of the State.
Arlat disclosed also that the PSIRS has put all necessary machinery in motion towards the numbering of all houses within and outside the Bukuru-Jos Metropolis for the collection of Ground Rents.
“We believe that by the time we conclude numbering all the houses in Plateau and begin collection of ground rents along what comes in from the informal sector, our revenue will tremendously improve.
“Our target is to hit above One Billion Naira as our monthly Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) towards strengthening and improving government’s social
responsibility to the citizens of the State,” he further disclosed. According to him, the response from tax payers in the State was so encouraging, arguing that the enlightenment campaign the Service implored in recent times has indeed paid off.
He however enjoined tax payers to continue to be positive to their civic responsibilities to the government for the government to reciprocate by providing the needed infrastructures for their use and benefits.