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2019 Kwara State IGR Collections Update

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) who is the sole agency responsible for the mobilization of revenue for Kwara State in its usual manner of being transparent has released information regarding collections of revenue from January to May 2019 as N14.374b with breakdown as follows: 

January N2.149b
February N1.762b
March N2.385b
April N1.152b
May N6.926b

Also released on social media pages of KW-IRS is additional information with regards to the collections for the month of May which shows an obvious special inflow. It was stated therein that in the month of May 2019, Kwara State was one of the beneficiaries of the payment of outstanding Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) liabilities by the Federal Government (FG) with Kwara’s due being N5.4b. This represents outstanding PAYE owed by several (59) Federal Ministries, Departments, & Agencies (FMDAs) in Kwara State over various years for each FMDA ranging between 2005 and 2016.

In addition to KW-IRS pages, this revenue has been in the public domain since the payment was made given that Kwara is one of the first 20 States who received it on 28th May, 2019. More so, it was part of the handing over speech of the Former Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji (Dr) AbdulFatah Ahmed to the current Executive Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazak on 29th May, 2019. Thus, the information is available on various platforms for anyone who genuinely seeks to be informed. 

It should be noted that this inflow from the FG is IGR given that it is outstanding Personal Income Tax (PIT) owed to the State. Revenues are mobilised from current as well as outstanding liabilities from individuals and organisations. It is also noteworthy that Kwara State like many others had been working on this recovery for years (specifically, since 2016); first with the individual FMDAs, and then collectively, under the umbrella of the Joint Tax Board (JTB) since last year. In fact, this Recovery is contained in the 2019 approved revenue budget of the State. Thus, it is quite obvious to anyone who is truly an authority in this regard where PAYE belongs and consequently, the question of whether the N5.4b is IGR or not does not arise. 

It is also noteworthy that the facilitation of the payment from the FG took conscious, consistent and concerted efforts by KW-IRS and various agencies. The various State Internal Revenue Services (SIRSs) collectively worked through the JTB with the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF). Both agencies went to the various states to review evidences and verify the claims between November and December 2018. Kwara State received the verification team in December 2018 and presented its claims based on 59 FMDAs that had been audited with established liabilities by KW-IRS, and the reconciled figures were arrived at. The figures for all states were collated by the team and eventually approved for payment by the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) in December 2018 and the payment provided for in the 2019 FG budget.

The matter, however had to be escalated to the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) recently, to intervene with the FMF since the FG had debited the States with the VAT liabilities due to the FIRS leaving unattended to what is due to the States as approved. This intervention by the NGF led to the payment of the principal liabilities N5,494,932,206.25 (less negotiated/agreed deductions) with waiver of the penalties and interests (from the total liability of N7,198,361,001.90) to put the matters to rest. 

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) has since commended the FG and the FMF for the bold step and leadership by example, while enjoining all other individuals and organizations that have outstanding liabilities to Kwara State to settle them promptly to avoid enforcement according to the laws.

The Service advises all to only trust information from authorised sources and encourages everyone to seek information and clarification where necessary rather than displaying ignorance through the promotion of false or inciting information. KW-IRS assures the residents of Kwara of its commitment to transparency and accountability with regards to its responsibilities.

Signed
Muritala Awodun, PhD
Executive Chairman

2019 National Tax Colloquium: Unilorin Tax Club Honours Prof. Awodun and Others

The University of Ilorin Tax Club has honoured the Executive Chairman of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Professor Muritala Awodun, during her Annual National Tax Colloquium for his unflagging contribution and efforts in raising a generation of tax compliance citizens.

While receiving the award, Professor Awodun reiterated the importance of tax awareness among younger generation. The don who was represented by Mr. Temi Kolawole , Head of Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS, stated that the place of tax education, especially among students, in revenue mobilization cannot be over emphasized.

Mr. Olukunle Ogunbamowo from Deloitte Nigeria and Dr. Titilayo Fowokan were also awarded at the National Tax Colloquium that spanned for two days (21st -22nd, May) at the University of Ilorin, Faculty of Law.

The event with the Theme Taxation as an Economic Product:Achieving Comparative Advantage ended on a good note as the host institute, Unilorin, bagged the second position in the competition.  

The participating institutions include Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Ibadan and Lagos State University among others. Representatives from Deloitte, Dangote, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and others were also in attendance to grace the occasion.

While delivering his opening remark, the Dean of Faculty of Law, represented by the HOD, Business Law, advised the students to make utmost use of their time on campus as they continue to be good ambassadors of their various institutions.

The first keynote lecture presentation themed: ‘Would the Nigerian Tax System be better as an Economic Product? Pitfalls of a Producer Mindset’ was delivered by Mrs. Oluwapelumi Adebisi who represented the CITN Registrar Mr. Fisayo Awogbade. She discussed at length the Nigeria Tax System which comprises the Tax Policy, Tax Legislature and Tax Administration; giving examples of Tax Legislatures such as Value Added Tax Act, Petroleum Profit Tax Act, Company Income Tax Act. She also talked over the principles of the Nigeria Tax System.

Mr. Olukunle Ogunbamowo, a partner in  Deloitte Nigeria, while delivering his keynote address on the topic ‘Creating a Top Notch Product: Lessons for the Nigerian Tax System’, spoke on the canons of taxation. He added that for a good tax system to be in place in Nigeria, Tax Policy, Tax Legislature and Tax Administration must be reviewed. “To improve the  tax system we also need to improve tax payers experience use technology and pay more attention to taxpayers’ education”, he added.

While delivering the third keynote address on “Finding the Best Tax Product: The Comparative Advantages of Kwara State”, the Executive Chairman of KW-IRS, represented by Mr Temi Kolawole, recounted the achievement of KW-IRS from inception in the year 2015 till date using the state of States reports. He also enumerated the premeditated efforts of the Service in mobilizing revenue for the strategic development of the State such as the ISO certification, the improved performance from N7.5 billion to N23billion, the Community Impact Programs which serve as a way of giving back to the people, the automation of processes to ease the modus operandi of the Service, etc.

The grand finale of the ‘Tax Think Tank Contest’ commenced after the presentations of awards. Obafemi Awolowo University and Lagos State University came 3rd , University of Ilorin, the defending champion. came 2nd while the prestigious University of Ibadan emerged the overall winner. The winners were awarded with a cash prize of N30,000, N50,000 and N70,000 respectively.

In his closing remark, the Tax Club President, Omotayo Jimoh appreciated the Corporate organisations and all participants for their supports towards the success of the event. He further appreciated various institutions for participating every year in the last three years.

Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq Visits KW-IRS

The new Executive Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman paid a visit to the sole agency responsible for the mobilisation of revenue in Kwara State, KW-IRS, on the 3rd of June, 2019.

While welcoming the Governor to the Corporate Head Office in Ilorin, the Executive Chairman of the Service, Professor Muritala Awodun guaranteed the Governor that the Service will continue to mobilize revenue for the strategic development of the State. He further reassured His Excellency of unwavering performance from both staff and management of the Service. In his words, “Although, we have limitations in some areas, but the staff and management of this Service will continue to perform excellently well, cooperate with the new Government as we continue to perform our sole function”

While moving round the offices, the Executive Governor expressed his satisfaction concerning the modus operandi of the Service.

Other members of the team that welcomed him are; Mr Lekan Rotimi, Director of MDAs; Mrs Adenike Babajamu, Director of Admin and Operation; Mr Segun Olaniyi, Director of Special Duties; Barrister Okandeji, Director of Legal and Enforcement and other heads of Departments.


2018 National Sport Festival: KW-IRS Rewards Team Kwara Athletes

In a bid to continue to impact positively on the society and deepen effort to support sports and athletes in Kwara State, the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) fulfilled its pledge to the Kwara State Sports Council by presenting cheques to all Team Kwara medalists from the 19th National Sports Festival held in Abuja from 6th-16th December 2018.

Earlier before now, KW-IRS donated kits to the Team Kwara Athletes at the Kwara State Stadium Indoor Sport Hall in November 2018 where the Chairman of the Service promised to reward any member of Team Kwara that wins a medal at the 2018 National Sport Festival.

In a brief presentation ceremony at the Corporate Head Office of the Service on 12th April 2019, Oyinloye Taiye who won gold and silver medals received N800,000 while silver medalists Ambali Risikat, Rofiat Abdulazeez, Muslimat Abdullahi, Soliat Usman, Taofeeq Aminat got N300,000 each. Bronze medalists Bello Aminat, Muslimat Jadesola, Muslimat Abdullahi, Zakariyya Abdulrahmon Oloruntobi received N200,000 each.

The Squash Women Team Comprising of Rofiat Abdulazeez, Soliu Oyindamola, Blessing Issac, Adeyi Odunade got N75,000 each while the Squash Men Team comprising of Oluwafunmilayo Gabriel, Abdullahi Hammed, Abdulrahman Oladipupo and Ismail Abubakar Damilola received N50,000 each for winning a bronze medal.

Speaking at the event, the Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Muyideen Alalade expressed his profound gratitude to KW-IRS for redeeming its pledge. He also appreciated Team Kwara for making Kwara State proud by winning medals in the just concluded National Sport Festival held in Abuja.

Presenting the cheques, Prof. Muritala Awodun, the Executive Chairman of KW-IRS ably represented by Mrs. Adenike Babajamu, Director Admin and Operation, said the rewards were in fulfillment of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed’s administration to reward hardwork and excellence. She appreciated His Excellency and Members of the House of Assembly for increasing the Service’s CIP budget.

 “I want to thank you for your commitment, hard work and dedication that have produced some of the results that we are celebrating today. I also want to let you know that in sports, losing does not mean that you did not work hard. Experience is also part of victory, therefore, those who competed and did not make it; I celebrate you as heroes because upon your performances, the future lies. For those who made it, we are proud of you. We are happy that you have been able to make Kwara State proud”.

The Director of Sport Council, Mr. Tunde Kazeem in his remarks appreciated the Executive Chairman for providing the sports kits used at the National Sport Festival and also for the sponsorship of Shukurat Aiyelabegan who is presently schooling in Ghana. He disclosed that apart from Delta State, Kwara State is the only State that has fulfilled its promise of rewarding the winners.

In his closing remark, the Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Muyideen Alalade appreciated the effort of the Service for rescuing the State from recession in 2015-2017 and its effort in promoting sport in the State.

Estu of Patigi, A Great Loss

The Management and Staff of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) commiserate with the people of Patigi in Patigi Local Government Area of Kwara State as well as the entire Kwara State Traditional Council over the demise of The Emir of Patigi, HRH Alhaji Ibrahim Chatta Umar who was also the Vice-Chairman of Kwara State Traditional Council.

This is a colossal loss as his Highness was considered the Father of the people, and during his reign, he developed a profound connection with his subjects. He displayed obvious care to all his subjects, and took action to make their lives better.

May Almighty Allah grant the people of Patigi, Kwarans and the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Zulu Gambari and the Kwara State Traditional Council at large the fortitude to bear the loss.  

May his soul rest in peace.

Signed

Prof. Muritala Awodun
Executive Chairman
Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS)

KW-IRS Clears Air on Student Bursary Payment Protest and Reiterates Records are Intact


Following the intrusion of the members of National Association of Kwara State Students (NAKSS) into the Corporate Head Office of the Service on the 1st of March, 2019, which led to partial shutdown of activities, the management of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service decided to hold a press conference to clear the air on some misinformation and to express our displeasure over the unruly behavior. The students were protesting suspension of payment of student bursary by the Kwara State Scholarship Board across several tertiary institutions in the state contrary to fabricated reports that they were protesting mismanagement of resources by the service.

The service invited various media houses for a press conference that same afternoon on Friday the 1st of March, 2019 to address the incident and call the attention of all residents and citizens of Kwara State to the treacherous development concocted by some group of people in the state in the last few days trying to turn the service into a political target.

Categorically, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) is an agency of the Government established by law and saddled with the sole responsibility of generating revenue for the strategic development of Kwara State. This revenue is collected via several banks and remitted into the state’s Treasury Single Account (TSA) at the end of every month. The Service has no access to the TSA of the State Government and is not responsible for spending revenue generated. The Ministry of Finance and the Office of the Accountant-General are responsible for disbursement of funds to all other ministries, agencies and parastatals in the state including the Kwara State Scholarship Board. We therefore urge the parties involved to direct their complaints to the appropriate authority or agency.

Contrary to other previous reports, we re-iterate that we have all our documents and files in place as against the false report circulated on various social media accounts that files and documents are missing from the service upon resumption right after the Presidential elections. We urge members of the public to disregard this unverified and baseless information as our offices were closed from Friday the 22nd of February till Sunday the 24th of February 2019.

KW-IRS was the first state revenue service in the country to become ISO certified in both the Quality Management System (ISO 9001:2015) and Business Continuity Management System (ISO 22301:2012) and the main purpose of the latter is to ensure all documents and files within the service are securely backed up and available for retrieval in the event of a disruptive incident like fire, theft or natural disaster. Therefore it is not possible for any document or file to be removed completely from the service as it will have a backup copy in an offsite location.

It has been discovered that those rumors and actions are politically motivated and instigated. We therefore enjoin all political parties in the state to desist from spreading fake news and try to confirm the authenticity of the information before disseminating it to the public or their supporters so as not to tarnish the good image of the agency and Kwara State.

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service has performed incredibly well over the past three years setting itself as a trail blazer and model to be followed by other states after moving the state from 27th to 5th in the country in terms of IGR per capita performance and is fully committed to the continued development of Kwara State. The service also runs an open door policy and welcomes any party who has any inquiry to schedule a visit to our offices.

Prof. Muritala Awodun
Executive Chairman,
KW-IRS

KW-IRS Confirms Records Intact & Assures Commitment to the Development of Kwara

It has been brought to the notice of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) the false information being circulated on social media claiming that files were missing upon resumption on Monday 25th February, 2019.

Contrary to the false report, No staff of the Service or any other Government officials were present at the office premises during the weekend to perform any tasks. The Service resumed office on Monday 25th February, 2019 and its staff and activities were welcomed with its usual calm and serene ambiance with its properties, including ALL documents intact.

It is noteworthy that KW-IRS has always been very transparent about the revenue collected and its activities, with such information always available publicly on its website and through regular media parley with media correspondents for the dissemination of information to the residents of Kwara. The Service beyond revenue mobilization has also provided information on the utilisation of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) on several occasions.

Please note that all revenues are collected directly into State Government accounts, and KW-IRS does not have mandate to access any of those accounts.

KW-IRS condemns the creator and disseminator of false information and finds the behaviour malicious, mischievous and ignorant. The Service enjoins all to be vigilant and always verify information from relevant and authorised quarters.

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) assures the residents of Kwara of its unwavering commitment to the mobilisation of revenue for the development of Kwara while positively impacting in the lives of the people.

Prof. Muritala Awodun
Executive Chairman,
KW-IRS

KW-IRS Generates N23 Billion in 2018

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.

KW-IRS, Most Transparent Government Agency in Nigeria – Prof. Awodun

The Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Prof Muritala Awodun has described the Service as the most transparent government agency in Nigeria because KW-IRS demonstrated a high level of integrity in service delivery since inception.

Prof Awodun made this statement while answering questions from taxpayers at a workshop organized for corporate organizations and organized private sector in Kwara State on Pay As You Earn (PAYE) operation and other statutory deductions due to State Government held at Kwara Hotels, Ilorin on Thursday 24th of January 2019.

He added that the Service was recently certified by the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) which assures that KW-IRS processes have abided by the international best practices. He said for the Service to have undergone the scrutiny of ISO was a way to prove that the processes and procedures of the Service are transparent, hitherto making KW-IRS as the first and only State Internal Revenue Service to be ISO certified.

Prof Awodun noted that apart from the quarterly media parley and radio programs, the revenues collected are always available on the Service’s website, publications and the 2018 Financial Report will soon be ready for the people to access.

In his presentation, the guideline on PAYE operation and rendition of statutory returns, the Head of Tax Assessment, Mr Sunday Samuel Agbana explained that Without prejudice to paragraph 21 of PAYE regulation and any other provisions, any employer that fails to register formally with RTA shall be liable on conviction to payment of fine in the sum of N25, 000 in addition to arrear of tax due.

He added that, a notice of direction to operate PAYE scheme shall be in writing addressed to the directed employer or be published in Gazette. In the said letter, the emolument of employee(s) shall be specified and the amount of income tax to be deducted whether by reference to e-TDS (Electronic Tax Deduction Sheet) issued by Relevant Tax Authority or otherwise (soft copy) S.81 (5) of PITA.

Similarly, the Head of Tax Audit, Alhaji Umar Alege made his presentation on expectations of tax audit department from directed employers in Kwara State in 2019 and beyond. He emphasized on section 70 (4) of Personal Income Tax Act,2011 as amended, that Withholding taxes on individuals and enterprises deducted are payable to the relevant tax authority. In the case of individuals and enterprises in Kwara State, it will be paid to Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS) while in the case of companies it will be remitted to Federal Inland Revenue Service.

Also, the Director of Corporate, Alhaji Nuhu Olaide Muhammed enlightened the participants on remittance and rendition of returns under PAYE scheme. He urged taxpayers to make use of the Service’s online platform in rendering tax returns.

KW-IRS presents Taxpreneurship as Governor Ahmed clocks 55

It was a joyous moment for a man of honour, intellectual and amiable character, the number one citizen of Kwara State, Alhaji Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed when dignitaries and the entire Board, Management and Staff of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), turned out en mass to celebrate the 55th birthday of the Executive Governor on Saturday 29th December 2018 at M&M Event Center, Offa Road, Ilorin.

The historic event was coupled with a book presentation titled ‘Taxpreneurship’ written by the Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Dr Muritala Awodun to celebrate the establishment and achievement of the Service attributed to the Executive Governor’s revenue reform in the State in 2015.

Speaking at the event, Governor Ahmed appreciated the gesture of Dr Muritala Awodun to make his birthday a remarkable and a memorable one describing KW-IRS a ‘Child of Necessity’ that was entrusted in the hands of the Staff of the Service led by Dr Muritala Awodun  to change the face of revenue mobilization in the State. Revamping the Revenue Mobilization in the State had brought rapid development to the state, enthused Dr Ahmed. He said KW-IRS performance is overwhelming and worthy of emulation by other State Revenue Services in Nigeria.

In his address, the Executive Chairman KW-IRS appreciated the Governor for giving the Service the enabling law, tools and environment to carry out the enormous assignment to ensure the residents of Kwara State enjoy the dividend of democracy.

The occasion was attended by several timbre and caliber across the State including the Honorable Speaker, Kwara State House of Assemble, Dr Ali Ahmad, Commissioners of the State, Heads of Ministries, Chairmen of Local Governments, Traditional rulers, financial institutions, Captains of industries amongst others. The book was reviewed by Prof Abiola Sanni from University of Lagos and presented by Prof (Mrs) Teju Somorin.

KW-IRS becomes first State Revenue Service to be ISO certified

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) has become the first State Internal Revenue Service (SIRS) to receive certifications of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) for ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Management System and ISO/IEC 22301: 2012 Business Continuity Management System.

The Quality Management Standard (QMS) certification implies that the Service has implemented standards through processes that demonstrate commitment towards continual improvements in the areas of customer satisfaction, productivity, efficiency, and resource optimisation among others.

The Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) certification represents that the Service has met requirements which would enable it to be resilient, secured towards disruptions and incidents as well as inside and outside threats. BCMS also implies that KW-IRS is committed to ensuring there is quick recovery in the event of business disruption through identification of potential risks and planning of contingencies.

The Service had embarked on the Certifications having recognised that while there had been significant growth, there was also more desired to be achieved. The Service which was in its 3rd year of operations had to put in place standardised processes for growth and sustainability. The Certifications ensures all interested parties including external and internal stakeholders are taken into cognisance in all its activities and ensures all necessary statutory and regulatory requirements are met.

The two (2) Certificates were publicly presented to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kwara State and the Management Team of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service which was led by the Executive Chairman, Prof. Muritala Awodun on the 19th of December 2018 at the Government House.  The certificates were presented by Tenol Alpha, an affiliate of the certification body, Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), Canada.

Speaking at the event, the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji (Dr) Abdulfatah Ahmed said KW-IRS had come to change the face of revenue generation with a target to achieve the desired development. He revealed that he always had the desire to show the nexus between revenue generation, development, and tax application and KW-IRS had achieved giant strides in this respect.

Governor Ahmed opined that the growth witnessed in the revenue generation was largely influenced by putting in place the reform model of People, Process and Technology (PPT). This he said had moved the State to one of the best and most efficient SIRS deemed worthy of emulation by many others.

His Excellency said the ISO Certifications capped other other achieved feats which served as evidence that his Administration not only initiated the right institution but also selected the right people. He stated that the Service had proven to be efficient under the leadership of Prof. Muritala Awodun as the pioneer Executive Chairman. He added that he was especially proud because he understood the tough job driving change constitutes and even how more difficult it could be for a public sector organisation.

The Executive Governor of Kwara State said with the ISO 9001: 2015 QMS and ISO 22301: 2012 BCMS ISO Certifications, the Management and Staff of the Service had not only done KW-IRS proud, not only done Kwara proud but had also done Nigeria proud. He congratulated the Executive Chairman and all staff of the Service on the world class achievement.

Nigerian Youths Should Embrace Digital Entrepreneurship – Prof. Awodun

The increase of unemployment in Nigeria is alarming despite the efforts of the government to ensure its citizens are gainfully employed. According to a recent release by the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the unemployment rate of Nigeria has increased from 14.2% to 18.8% in the third quarter of 2017 which had been the bane of national development.

It is evident that the white and blue collar jobs are not available for a large number of graduates from Nigerian institutions. This has made the Federal Government encourage youths to acquire skills in order to be self employed. These skills include: vocational skills such as fashion designing, shoe making, interior decoration, etc.

One of the aspects of entrepreneurship that has not been fully explored is “Digital Entrepreneurship”. This represents a joining of traditional entrepreneurship with an emphasis on new technologies, the opportunities created by these technologies, and new business forms.
Digital entrepreneurship was the crux of discussion during the Ilorin Digital Summit at Mazabs event center, Tanke, Ilorin, Kwara State on 15th September, 2018. The program was designed to intimate youths on the importance Information Communication Technology (ICT) in marketing and to train participants on how to access information from the internet for more economic ally beneficial purposes.

The guest speaker, the Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Prof. Muritala Awodun urged participants to transform themselves as good resources that will grow the economy of Nigeria. According to him, technology can enhance creativity and youths should use technology applications to showcase their talents to the world.

Prof. Awodun advised youths to surf the internet for useful information rather than engaging in immoral or illegal uses such as internet fraud which is currently rampant among the youths. He added that youths must embrace entrepreneurship to ease the over-burden of white collar jobs.

2nd Tax Club Quiz Competition: KW-IRS Completes Project Of The Winners.

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) has completed the projects for the second edition of KW-IRS Tax Club Quiz Competition projects won by Government Day Secondary School, Oko Erin (1st Position), Government Secondary School, Lafiagi (2nd Position) and Government Secondary School, Ilorin (3rd Position) in a sum of one Million Naira (N1,000,000), Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000) and Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N250,000) respectively have been completed.

The financial rewards won by the students are often utilized to put in place physical projects that will be impactful on the school. The grand prize of One Million Naira was used to renovate a block of two classrooms for the winning school. The first runner up prize of N500, 000 was utilized for the renovation and provision of furniture and library furniture was the project of the 2nd runner up that won the sum of N250, 000.

It will be recalled that the maiden edition of the tax club quiz competition among all secondary school in Kwara State started in 2016 and a grand prize of One Million Naira was won by Government Secondary School (GSS) Omu-Aran which was used to provide library furniture, while Government Girls Day Secondary School (GGDSS), Oko Erin and Iloffa Grammar School (IGS) emerged second and third with projects renovation of a block of two classroom and provision of conference table worth N500,000 and N250,000 respectively.

The quarter final of the 3rd edition of the competition started today 24th and will end on 26th October, 2018 while semi final and the final will come up on the 1st of December 2018. The winner of the competition will be awarded with Five million Naira (N5,000,000) worth of project, 2nd and 3rd will win project worth Two Million Naira (N2,000,000) and One Million Naira (N1,000,000) respectively courtesy the Kwara State Government.

KW-IRS Bags Award As The Most Enterprising State IRS In 2018

The performance of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) in mobilizing revenue for Kwara State has attracted recognition from the colloquium of entrepreneurs in Nigeria who converged in Lagos to honor the Service as the most Enterprising State Internal Revenue Agency in 2018 among its counterparts in revenue generation.

The summit with the theme: Power Youth, Creating Wealth through Entrepreneurship organized by The Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Initiative of Nigeria (TEEIN) held on 1st October, 2018 at Radisson Blu Hotel, Lagos State. At the event, The Most Enterprising State IRS accolade was received by the head of Corporate Affairs, Mrs Habibah Aiyelabegan on behalf of the Service.

Also, the Executive Chairman of KW-IRS, Prof. Muritala Awodun received award for Excellence in Enterprise Creation and Entrepreneurship Development for his contribution towards entrepreneurship development in Nigeria

In attendance was HRH Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom Oba Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan, entrepreneurship scholar Dr Hakeem Ajonbadi (Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE, head of Corporate Affairs, Mrs Habibah Aiyelabegan, staff of Kwara State University, students and youths of Lagos.

The Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Initiative of Nigeria (TEEIN) was established to champion youth entrepreneurship skill development, promote rural women empowerment, improve community health care delivery and support the entrepreneurial education of the Nigerian child.

EDUCHILD 2018 Project: KW-IRS Partners With NGO

The fundamental questions we need to ask ourselves are: What do we value in terms of the skills and knowledge our students need to have when they leave school? What sort of citizens do we want them to be? And what sort of world do we want them to create in the future?

The five-year-old boy or girl who started Kindergarten this year will be at University in 2030 and will spend most of their working lives in the second half of the 21st century.While it has always been the case that our schools hold the future within their classrooms, today’s education system needs to set the foundations for these young children to thrive in life and be able to work in 2050 and beyond.It is highly plausible that these young children will be living in a world radically altered from our own because of the pace of change fashioned by advancing technologies. Therefore, future thinking – and planning for the future – matters more now than ever before.

On this background, and as part of the Community Impact Program (CIP) of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) to promote excellence in education, the Service in conjunction with Beautiful HeartsNetwork, a Non-Governmental Organisation, embarked on a life-changing project tagged, ‘EduChild’, supported by the Ministry of Education and Capital Development. This project is to inspire, educate and prepare students for a fulfilling future.

PROJECT SCOPE

The project started on the 26th of September, and it has been scheduled to cross across all the sixteen (16) Local Government Councils in Kwara State. In this first instance, sixty (60) Public Senior Secondary Schools would be visited in the first ten (10) weeks of the first term of 2018/2019 academic session in Kwara Central, Kwara South and Kwara North Senatorial Districts.

The objectives of the projects are to serve as an all-round guild to young people in order to help them discover and develop their inner self that is lying quiescent; to raise young people as future leaders; to serve as a platform to inspire hope and shape the perspective of children towards a fulfilling career and professional journey, and also reaffirm the readiness and commitment of the state to grass-root development as far as education is concerned, among others.

The programme facilitators would discuss Money culture, Peer and parental relationship, Career path and choice, Patriotism and moral value, Purposeful living, etc.

PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT

The purpose of the project is a S.H.I.R.T. acronyms corresponding with the core values of the Service

  • S=Shape a vision of academic success based on high standards for all Secondary School students in Kwara State.
  • H= Harness formal education with personal skill to create an atmosphere that is hospitable for safety, cooperative spirit and other foundations for prolific interaction.
  • I=Improve relationships with parents and peers and equip students to combat peer pressure in order to create a society devoid of social vices like drug abuse, hooliganism, thuggery, sexual assault, cultism.
  • R=Revamp personal skill and talent of Secondary School students for 21st century local and global challenges while recognizing opportunities for job creation and purposeful living.
  • T= Train students to cultivate teamwork for excellent performance, integrity, ethical conduct, as well as loyalty and patriotism for their country and continent.

PROGRAMME PLANS

  • General and Personal interactionwith students: This is an avenue where students have the
  • privilege to discuss with EduChild facilitators about issues that bother them ranging from academic problems to relationship issues.
  • Training sessions: This would focus on self-discovery, career path and choice, peer and parental relationship, patriotism, moral values, emotional and financial intelligence, purposeful living, values (responsibility, discipline, integrity etc.) etc.
  • Gifts presentation to selected students: Bulletins and Entrepreneurship Textbook, ‘Entrepreneurship for Secondary School’ wouldbe given to all participating students.

Apart from language which is a distinctive feature that distinguish human beings from animals, empathy and skill are something computers/ artificial intelligence will always struggle to emulate. Therefore, there is a need to discover the skills and talents embedded in Kwara State students in order to prepare them for a future where only those who can combine technology fluency with personal skill can survive.In an attempt to develop and train students for the future that lies ahead, it is therefore germane to avail Kwara State students this type of life-changing opportunity.

Prof. Muritala Awodun urges Kwara State Artisans to be Financially Literate

The Executive Chairman of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, (KW-IRS) Prof. Muritala Awodun who was represented by the Director of Special Duties, Mr Segun Olaniyi has urged Kwara State Artisans Congress to be financially dependent and conscious in order to grow their business successively.

This statement was made during the Financial Literacy Training organised by Enterprise Development Centre of Pan Atlantic University in partnership with Diamond Bank at Whitefield Hotel, Ilorin on 28th of August, 2018.

At the event, one of the facilitators, Mrs Raliat Oyetunde a lecturer of Pan Atlantic University, Lagos State took the artisans on by creating a business plan, inventory management, and various E-payment channels.

Mrs Oyetunde further emphasized that business owners should have a budget, keep up to date accounting record, learn and imbibe saving culture and avoid sales on credit. She added that they should always take daily stock of their products and laid emphasis on the need to open a bank account for transactions and savings for their future and that of their Children.

The Pan Atlantic University team was led by their Director, Enterprise Development Centre of Pan African University, Mrs Nneka Okekear. Also present at the event were Chairman Artisan Congress, Mr Sa’ad Alawaye, Vice President1Artisan Congress, Mr Omoba Femi Adeleke, Secretary Artisan Congress, Mr Adeleke S.A, amongst others.

Osun IRS Understudy KW-IRS

The transformation of Kwara State Board of Internal Revenue (KBIR) to Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) as well as its achievements has continued to receive commendations from other State Revenue Services. The Osun Internal Revenue Service (OSIRS) on 27th August, 2018 visited Kwara State Revenue House to understudy its process. The team from OSIRS included the Board Secretary of Osun Internal Revenue Service (OSIRS) Mrs Oluwatosin Falomo, Esq and the Head of Information Technology, Mrs Mary Adeyemi.

The Board Secretary commended the KW-IRS Executive Chairman, Dr Muritala Awodun for his efforts in improving the Internally Generated Revenue of Kwara State describing it as a model for other States. She said the overwhelming strides KW-IRS has recorded in revenue drive and the implementation of law and autonomy is the main factor that necessitated the visit to Kwara State.

In his welcome address, the Director of Special Duties, Mr Segun Olaniyi appreciated the officials of Osun State Internal Revenue Service (OSIRS) for considering KW-IRS a model in revenue administration. He attributed the success of the Service to the Executive Chairman, Dr Muritala Awodun whose initiatives have made the Kwara revenue reforms attainable.

After an intensive interaction session where experience was shared and ideas were borrowed and brainstormed, Mrs Oluwatosin Folomo appreciated the KW-IRS team. She stated every of the management she has had to engage have always been supportive. She expressed hope for continuous opportunity to drink from the fountain of KW-IRS knowledge and hoped to invite KW-IRS to witness the celebration when successes from the information shared are attained.

The study was attended by the Director of Admin and Operations Mrs Adenike Babajamu, Director of Special Duties, Mr Segun Olaniyi, Director Corporates, Alhaji Nuhu Olaide Muhammed, Deputy Director Internal Audit, Mrs Omolara Ojulari, Head of ICT, Mr Temi Kolawole and Head of Corporate Affairs, Mrs Habibah Aiyelabegan.

Prof. Awodun Joins the Prestigious Grade of Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered)

The Icon Bags Yet another Prestigious Honour

Prof. Muritala Awodun was found worthy of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) Highest Distinction and Honour at the Institutes 2018 Awards, Fellows and Spouses’ Day Luncheon which was held at the City Hall, Catholic Mission Street Lagos Island on 16th August 2018.

Congratulations to the Executive Chairman KW-IRS who joined the prestigious grade of Fellow after being found worthy of the institute’s Highest Distinction and Honour.

Kwara ranks Second in Africa States’ Progress Report

Kwara State has ranked second after Lagos in Nigeria in the latest Progress Report, titled ‘The State of the States’ released by Africa Report in its July/August, 2018 issue.

The Africa Report is an international publication of reference dedicated to African affairs, and is the guide used by decision makers to anticipate economic and political changes in Africa.
The publication is relied upon for the expertise of an independent editorial team in its surveys, sector reports and country focus published in each issue.

According to information on the Africa Report www.theafricareport.com, the survey of Nigeria’s 36 states, used fighting poverty, providing access to electricity, facilitating business and raising local revenue as indices.

In terms of access to electricity, Kwara was ranked third and sixth in number of internet users in the country.  While it ranks tenth in the ease of doing business. The State also ranks tenth on the poverty index

In terms of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) per capita, Kwara ranked seventh out of the 36 states of the federation. This rating is remarkable as Kwara in the past, rarely featured among states with high IGR. This feat was usually reserved for State like Lagos, Ogun, Rivers, Delta and Kano.

But the revenue reform initiated by the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has made it possible for Kwara to attain this remarkable feat. The establishment of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS) by the governor in 2015 witnessed a change in the People, Process and Technology of revenue collection in the state.

KWIRS in its two years of operation successfully restructured the State’s revenue collection and administration by blocking revenue leakages and significantly shoring up the state’s IGR without imposing new taxes.

In terms of change in IGR ,according to the Joint Tax Board (JTB) and National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) IGR figures for all states financial year 2014-2016, Kwara moved from the least at -43% in 2014/2015 to second during its IGR reform in 2015/2016, bringing the overall change in IGR of the state to about 173%.

From the JTB/NBS figures, no State in the country has recorded such feat. Since 2016, Kwara State annual change in IGR has hovered around 14-16%, while Lagos’s stands at around 7-8% according to JTB/NBS.

In 2016, KWIRS generated a total of N17.4b IGR for the State, which is higher than the N7.2b the State realized in 2015. In 2017, the agency generated a total of N19.6b, recording a 13.82 per cent growth from the 2016 figures. While in the first four months of 2018, KWIRS generated N7.7 billion which marks a 70 per cent increase over that of 2017.

The significant rise in IGR has increased the State government’s capacity to implement infrastructural projects in different parts of the State.

This increase in September 2016 saw the Ahmed-led administration launch the Kwara State Infrastructure Development Fund (IFK), as a sustainable platform designed to finance infrastructure without reliance on federal allocation.

IF-K is financed through an initial N5 billion seed fund, and a N500 million monthly contribution from the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). Since its establishment, the State government has released over N13 billion to contractors handling various road projects across the State.

Furthermore, through IFK, more than 144.5km of roads have been constructed by the state government while some are ongoing and are at various levels of completion.

Some ongoing projects being funded under IF-K are the Geri-Alimi Diamond Underpass, dualisation of Sango-UITH road, Ultra-modern Secretariat, Light-Up Kwara (LUK) project, KWASU campuses in Ekiti and Ilesha-Baruba, KWASU Post Graduate School in Ilorin, among others.

Given the above, it is therefore understandable why Africa Report will rank Kwara State second among the 36 states of the federation using Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) as one of the indices.

The summation of the indices put Kwara at second position in the progress report. The full report can be found on pages 22 to 26 of the July/August, 2018 edition of the Africa Report.

Responding to the report, Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed described Africa Reports’ ranking of the state as the second highest in the country an affirmation of his administration’s reform programs and an acknowledgement of its efforts to enhance the welfare, security and prosperity of all citizens and residents. He pledged his preparedness to sustain the administration’s ongoing drive to build a prosperous and sustainable Kwara State for the benefit of current and future generations of Kwarans.

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