Prior to the establishment of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), revenue from Motor Licensing collections in Edu and Patigi Local Government Areas (LGAs) were often lost to fake license documents or to neighbour state(s). This was attributed to the lack of an operational Kwara Motor Licensing Authority (MLA) in these areas. Motorists had to travel about two hours to the State capital, Ilorin where the documents were processed.
The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Dr Muritala Awodun, represented by the Director of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) Mr ’Lekan Rotimi visited the newly opened MLA office in Lafiagi on 24th of May 2018. The aim which was to improve convenience of service to taxpayers is paramount to the organization while avoiding revenue loss and ensuring integrity in the revenue mobilization process.
The Director also sensitised the members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Kudu Lagalaga and commercial motorcycle riders in Lafiagi on the need for motorists to attain authentic documents. He explained that this would add to the IGR of the State and consequently, availability of funds for infrastructure projects in Kwara State.
Mr ’Lekan Rotimi said the process of vehicle/motorcycle registration is simple and quick compared to how it was in the past and the Service is willing to enforce compliance if this opportunity is not utilized. He urged taxpayers to avoid fake documents, deal with only KW-IRS staff and report any unlawful acts by illegal agents.
The NURTW Branch Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Yusuf lauded KW-IRS for the initiative of having MLA office in Lafiaji. He appealed to the Kwara State Government to make judicious use of taxes collected and ensure that staff of KW-IRS take the news to every road users in the locality.
In addition, the Director of MDAs visited the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Lafiaji, Mr Simeon Ayinoko to announce the presence of MLA in Lafiagi as well as to solicit the support of the Nigeria Police Force in protecting the staff of the Service and the residents and for enforcement of tax defaulters where necessary.
The DPO of Lafiagi Command, Mr Simeon Ayinoko said the presence of the MLA is timely as it will curb illegality in vehicle registration as most of the road users were not registered hitherto.