The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) resolved that Seventeen (17) out of theTwenty One (21) revenue items in the Approved List for Collection Act 1998 (as amended) collectable by the Local Government (LG) collections will now be collected by all the Sixteen Local Governments Area of the State.
The Executive Chairman of KW-IRS, Dr Muritala Awodun, disclosed this during a Press Conference after the Joint Revenue Committee (JRC) meeting held with all the Chairmen of the LGs at the KW-IRS Corporate Head Office in Ilorin, the State Capital on the 5th day of April 2018.
According to Dr Awodun, the remaining Four (4) items: Citizenship fee, Tenement Rate, Sign Board & Advertisement and Telecommunication mast would be collected by the Service on behalf of the LGs. He said the decision to leave the four revenue items with the Service was reached at the meeting with all the 16 Local Government Chairmen. He added that the decision will enable the LGs leverage on the process and technological platform of the State Government collections.
In his address, the Kwara State Association of Local Governments of Nigerian (ALGON) Chairman who is also the Chairman of Oyun LG, Joshua Omokanye said there was no disagreement between the Local Government and Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS). He pointed out that LGs had observed and understudied the Service and the substantive Chairmen were now ready to take up the responsibility of collection using with their staff.
The ALGON Chairman assured the pressmen that this was still in line with the provision of the law and LGs would continue to partner with the Service in their efforts to move the two tiers of Government forward.