The Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin has conferred the Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Dr Muritala Awodun as a Peace Ambassador. The award was presented to him during the Director of the Centre, Prof Noah Yusuf during a Courtesy visit of the service to the Centre.
In his welcome address, the Director of the Centre, Prof Noah Yusuf, admonished the recipient (Dr Awodun) to preach peace at all times. He sought for collaboration and working relationship between the Centre and the Revenue Service stressing that collection of taxes and revenue can only be achieved when there is relevant peace in the society. “It is only a secured citizen that can pay tax and through tax payment, a citizen can be secured”.
Prof Yusuf commended the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS for his commitment and hard work towards the successful reform of revenue mobilization in Kwara State. He posited that the face of tax in Kwara State had changed for the better.
Responding, Dr Awodun said “No Peace, No Revenue” and the Service understands the position of the centre in ensuring peace and stability in Nigeria. Dr Awodun also said the Revenue Service will synergize with the Centre in funding Researches that will aid the performance of the Service, emphasizing that KW-IRS is an organization founded on the base of Academics in terms of being a performance-driven organization building a new army of public servant that will change the face of civil service in the State.
The highlights of the event was the decoration and Certification of Dr Muritala Awodun as a Peace Ambassador by the President of the Student’s Association of the Centre.