As part of the activities marking 2018 end of the year of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) held on 29th January 2019 at Whitefield Hotels, Ilorin, the Service played host to the members of the Kwara State Correspondents chapel to appreciate the fourth realm of government for their objective reporting of the Service’s programs in 2018.
In his address, the Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, (KW-IRS), Prof Muritala Awodun stated that the motive behind the end of the year Media Parley is an opportunity to celebrate with journalists toward their corporation and fair reporting in 2018 and also to give a cumulative report to the general public on the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) collected for the year 2018.
Prof. Awodun said the achievement of KW-IRS can be attributed to the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed who reformed the Service by the enactment of Kwara State Revenue Administration Law No. 6 of 22 June 2016.
He shared that the purpose of the reform was to introduce efficiency and technology into the process of revenue drive, collection and appropriate remittance to the Government.
Professor Awodun gave a breakdown of the N23 Billion generated in 2018 and pointed out that there is a significant increase in Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) compared to N7.2 Billion, N17.4 Billion and N19.6 Billion recorded in 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively. He added that KW-IRS is the first Revenue Agency in Nigeria to be ISO Certified for Business Continuity Management System (22301:2012) and Quality Management System (9001:2015). He said that the process operating in KW-IRS is of international standard that can stand the test of time.
In the area of giving back to the Society, Professor Awodun reiterated that the Community Impact Program (CIP) centred on 5 E’s: Employment, Environment, Education, Enterprise, and Empowerment to ensure that the taxes collected are judiciously utilized. He added that over 723 people are directly employed by the Service while over 2,000 are indirectly engaged with the Service.
He informed journalists that the ongoing property enumeration is being carried out by the Service to gather data and afterward demand notices will be issued and taxpayers are expected to comply within the stipulated time. He added that assessment is done to gather detailed information for the service to use to calculate the tax payable while companies and businesses that refuse to comply within the stipulated period are subjected to Best of Judgement (BOJ) as provided by law.
While answering questions from journalists, the Kwara revenue don revealed that the Kwara State House of Assembly has set a target of N33 Billion for 2019, the Service will focus more on Community Impact Project (CIP) in 2019. “With the Infrastructure Fund Kwara (IFK), residents of Kwara State resident will enjoy the impacts of the government which will be funded by taxpayers’ money” he added.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Commissioner of the Ministry Of Information and Communication, Alhaji Muhammed Sabi stated that the Press should be held in high esteem and the need to have an interactive forum such as the media parley cannot be overemphasized. He added that the gathering is a celebration of success recorded by the Service over the years and commended the efforts of KW-IRS for having capable hands in the revenue drive for the development of Kwara State and it is obvious that the State has embarked on the right direction and the higher the State is able to raise IGR, the easier and quicker it will be to meet statutory responsibilities.
The event was in collaboration with the Kwara State Ministry of Information and Communication (MOIC) had in attendance the Executive Chairman KW-IRS, Prof Muritala Awodun, Directors of KW-IRS, and representatives of various media outfits which includes; National Moonlight, Thisday, Herald, National Pilot, AIT Ilorin, Guardian, Harmony FM, Director of Information Services, Mrs Olufunke Oludipe, and the Director of Public Orientation, Alhaji Abdulfatah Dankazeem.