The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Dr. Muritala Awodun on Sunday 22 May 2016 led the management and staff of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) to Alapa Market located in Asa Local Government Area of the State to evacuate the four years heaps of refuse that was left unattended to by the market community after series of effort to surmount it proved abortive.
The KW-IRS team got to Alapa market at exactly 7:47am and immediately commenced the cleaning of the market as management and staff of the Service personally involved in sweeping and raking of the large littered market which hosts about 518 stalls.
The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS appreciated the people of Alapa market community for the privileged given to KW-IRS to positively affect their community. He explained that this was a way to give back to the society. He further assured the people of Alapa market that the administration of Dr. Abdulfatah is true to his words for the development of Kwara State, hence the establishment of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) for proper collection, monitoring and growing of the State’s revenue. He stated that as a body in charge of revenue collection for the state, there is a need for KW-IRS to ensure that money collected from a particular place gets back to that place through projects that will positively affect such environment. He commended the people of Alapa for their cooperation since the Service began collection at the market
Dr. Awodun further reiterated the fact that KW-IRS through its Community Impact Programme would touch all local governments across the state. He concluded by stating that KW-IRS would in less than 1 month provide waste basket as donations to the Alapa market as a tool for waste management and a preventive measure against a reoccurrence. He was however thankful to the people of Alapa market for their hospitality.
In an interview conducted with the Deputy Director, Informal Sector, Mr. Lekan Rotimi, he explained the importance of the Community Impact Program (CIP) as a give back strategy to the people and an avenue to also answer the incessant question of the people on “what has the government done for me”. He however affirmed the effectiveness of the Community Impact Program which has changed the question constantly asked by people to “when is government coming to my local government because we saw what they did at other local governments” which is a signal of acceptance of KW-IRS. He gave kudos to the initiative of the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS for the Community Impact Program strategy. He says it is the catalyst for the positive capturing of the people in the informal sector into the tax net.
The Babaloja of Alapa Market, Mogaji Saheed Mohammed in his response expressed appreciation to the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS and his management team. He sees the action of KW-IRS as touching the markets in a positive way. He assured the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS that the market people of Alapa community will always pay their tax and every other revenue required from them as at when due.
He observed the Service still went ahead to clear the refuse dumps that had been staring them in the face for over four years and halting the growth of the market despite the fact that not all the people of Alapa market have fulfilled their part by paying their tax. He said KW-IRS took up the responsibility to evacuate the debris just after 3 months of interacting with them. He declared that this is an indication that positive change has come to stay in Kwara. He admonished Kwarans at all levels to comply with the demands of KW-IRS and the governor Abdulfatah’s administration.
The Iyaloja and Babaloja General, in their speech expressed appreciation to the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS for constantly supporting the market people. They however admonished the people of Alapa Market to ensure that they pay their tax. The Iyaloja General however appealed to the executives of the market to ensure that the market maintains a clean look consistently.