The Reform of Tax Administration in Kwara State that established Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) and the overwhelming performance of the Service from inception has received commendations within and outside Nigeria. This tremendous achievement was as a result of the change model in the People, Process and Technology (PPT) and the approach of increasing revenue by blocking leakages rather than introducing new taxes.
The financial crump of Nigeria has made all states of the country strive for the reform of their Revenue Boards towards self-reliance without sole dependence on Federal Government allocation. Day-by-day, the Government expenditure is increasing in order to meet equally increasing socio-infrastructural needs of the people.
The model of reform at KW-IRS has made it worthy of emulation by many States and bodies. Also, it was mentioned during the 137th Joint Tax Board (JTB) Meeting hosted by Kwara State, the Chairman of the Board, Babatunde Fowler proclaimed that KW-IRS should be used as the template for Revenue Reform across Nigeria after which Lagos, Kogi, Ondo and Zamfara State visited KW-IRS to understudy the Service’s processes and most recently was the Chairman of Bauchi State Internal Revenue Service, Alhaji Jubril Useni Jubo who led other delegates to Kwara Revenue House to learn from the success story of KW-IRS .
The Executive Governor of Bauchi State, Alhaji Muhammed A. Abubakar in an interview with the Nation Newspaper was asked how he is managing the affairs of the State despite the little funding viz-a-viz competing demands of governance in his State. He responded that “I always warn the Chairmen of the Revenue Board to improve on their collections and widen the tax net but don’t introduce new taxes. I always give the example of Kwara State that has done very well in the area of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) without introducing new taxes”.
Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) under the Chairmanship of Dr Muritala Awodun has generated over N64.2 billion between January 2016 and April 2018. Most of the revenues had been channeled into the Infrastructure Fund Kwara (IF-K) initiative. From the fund, the Senior Special Assistant to the State Governor on Media and Publicity, Dr Muyideen Akorede said the Kwara State Government had expended N11billion on infrastructure development across the State between December 2016 and December 2017.