Executives and members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) gathered at the NURTW State Secretariat under the Chairmanship of Alhaji Aliu Issa Ore on 29 March 2016 to flag off the 2016 Personal Income Tax (PIT) payment by its members. Also present at the ceremony was the representative of National NURTW Head Office, Alhaji Teslim, and the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) team led by Mr Aliu of the Informal Sector Directorate.
The Chairman NURTW, Alhaji Issa Ore who welcomed the excited members of the association explained that history was being made. He added that this was the first time that the Union would gather to pay tax. He emphasized the need for members of NURTW to pay tax as stipulated by the constitution for adult citizens of 18 years and above. Without much ado, he informed the members of the NURTW association to comply with the demands of KW-IRS which is to ensure that Personal Income Tax is paid by all NURTW within the next three months before enforcement commences.
Alhaji Ore stated categorically that the Union will not be involved in bailing any defaulting member if apprehended by the task force and charged to the Revenue Court. He therefore advised members of the NURTW to make a photocopies of their PIT receipts after payment and attach to their vehicle documents. In his response to the speech and admonition of the NURTW Chairman, the representative of KW-IRS, Mr Aliu of the Informal Sector Directorate appreciated Alhaji Ore for his kind words and great support for the. Service. He affirmed that the NURTW Chairman has done so much in building and maintaining a cordial relationship between KW-IRS and members of the NURTW association. He also solicited for more of this support as KW-IRS staff commence collections of PIT from the Union members at Motor parks.
It was indeed an interactive session as questions raised by the NURTW members were answered by the KWIRS team.
The Chairman NURTW, Alhaji Isa Ore flagged off the PIT collection by openly paying his PIT. Other executives such as Alhaji Babatunde Ahmed, Vice Chairman, and Alhaji Mahmud Alaboro also paid their PIT. After the laudable PIT collection example laid by the NURTW Chairman and his executive members, other members of the association followed suit.