“The Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) revenue in Kwara State is a sector in dire need of unwavering attention if targets would be met in 2018.” This was the introductory statement of the Head of Service (HOS) of Kwara State, Mrs Susan Modupe Oluwole during the Quarter One MDAs Revenue Review meeting organised by the Office of the HOS in collaboration with the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) at the Governor’s Office GRA Ilorin. The meeting was attended by all Permanent Secretaries of the State Ministries.

Mrs Oluwole stressed the need to put more efforts in place to improve the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from the MDAs. She commended the strategy put in place by KW-IRS under the leadership of Dr Muritala Awodun in revamping and automating the MDAs revenue collections.

Dr Muritala Awodun, in his address, expressed the need to synchronize activities as well as be in tune with the vision of the Head of Service who initiated the gathering with the aim of finding solutions to some challenges in order to ensure MDAs met their monthly targets. He gave a comprehensive analysis of how all the Ministries and Parastatals faired in the Quarter One of 2018 urging the ministries that could not meet their targets to brace up.

The Head of Service in her response said there was a lot to be done across all the Ministries in order to complement the efforts of KW-IRS towards enhancing the growth of the IGR. She said all Ministries must put in more effort and give maximum support to KW-IRS at all times so that the vision to achieve the targets of revenue generation for the State would be achieved. She urged all MDAs to identify their constraints and possible solutions to mitigate counter-productive effects and maximise activities for optimal output.

The gathering had an interactive session where Permanent Secretaries made known various challenges facing their Ministries. These challenges which spanned from financial, infrastructural, human resource, as well as logistics, were raised.

At the end of the deliberations, Ministries performing below expectations promised to double efforts in subsequent quarters of 2018. Dr Awodun also assured the Permanent Secretaries that KW-IRS would provide full support for the MDAs to tackle their challenges and consequently improve IGR for the State as a whole.

The KW-IRS Director of Special Duties, Mr Segun Olaniyi, assured the MDAs of reliable data gathering from KW-IRS. This is the bedrock of operations in revenue collections in the State. Also, the KW-IRS Director of Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Mr ’Lekan Rotimi while giving the vote of thanks said that the MDAs must be performance-driven enterprises to achieve their set goals. He appreciated all attendees for making the gathering interactive and successful.

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