Nigerian Youths Should Embrace Digital Entrepreneurship – Dr 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) Dr 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.

Dr 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.

19th National Sports Festival, KW-IRS Promise To Kit Kwara Athletes

Sport development is a global phenomenon, an avenue for youths to earn income and add value to the growth of the country they belong. Sports participation engages minds of the youths against social vices. According to Statistics, about 19 percent of the U.S. population engaged in sports and exercise each day in 2017.

The role of sports in the society is enormous and cannot be over emphasized. It was in this view that the Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS) Dr. Muritala Awodun promised to sponsor the official kit of Kwara State athletes for the forthcoming 19th National Sports Festival bid to commence in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on the 6th-16th December, 2018.

The Executive Chairman made this known while receiving the representatives of Team Kwara from the Kwara State sports council led by Coach Tunde Kazeem at the KW-IRS Head Office, GRA, Ilorin on 30th October, 2018.

In his remarks, Dr. Muritala Awodun said Kwara State is known for excellence and is passionate about sports development and desires to excel in the next edition of National Sports Festival. He urged the coaches to be fully prepared for the competition and return back to Kwara as the overall best out of 35 other states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Executive Chairman said the Service took it upon herself to kit the athletes so that Kwara State will be well represented in terms of standard.  He advised the representatives to camp and train the athletes earlier to keep them in good shape before the competition commences.

The Kwara State Director of sports, Coach Tunde Kazeem gave his gratitude on behalf of Kwara State Sports Council for the prompt response of the Executive Chairman to the matters that may affect the performance of the athletes. He described Dr. Awodun as a sport loving man and a driver of development of Kwara State.

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, Dr 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.

Dr Muritala Awodun urges Kwara State Artisans to be Financially Literate

The Executive Chairman of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, (KW-IRS) Dr 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.

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

The Icon Bags Yet another Prestigious Honour

Dr. 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.

International Youth Day: Dr Awodun Charged Youths to be Innovative

As part of activities marking 2018 International Youth Day, the Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Dr Muritala Awodun, has charged Nigeria youths to build an innovative capacity in approaching issues or challenges in their immediate environment rather than being creative. He made this statement during an event organized by the Kwara State Government tagged “Inspiring Innovative Thinking towards Self Reliance, Economic Growth and Sustainable Development” at the Kwara State Banquet Hall, Ilorin on Sunday, 12th August 2018.

In his introductory remarks, Dr Muritala Awodun said everybody has the capacity to be creative because they can see something wrong and are willing to proffer solutions to it. He posited that youths in Nigeria today underutilizing their capacity for innovative thinking which is one of the banes of national development. He added that for someone to be attributed as innovative, such individual must have the ability to act on the identified problems and actualize it without hesitation.

The KW-IRS Executive Chairman gave an address on the restructured Internal Revenue Service as an approach of discussing the theme of the event in relation to its effect on infrastructural development and youth empowerment in Kwara State. He eulogized the courage of the Executive Governor of Kwara state, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed for establishing Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) despite the economic woes faced by Nigeria.

“The transformation of the revenue administration in Kwara state was as a result of innovative thinking of the Executive Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed who noticed the infrastructure gap of N250 billion and took a giant step by revamping the revenue collection process through signing into law the Kwara State Revenue Administration Bill and the Kwara Public Private Partnership Bureau Bill of 2015” Dr Awodun said.

He explained that the restructuring of the revenue service had provided about 700 direct jobs, 2,000 indirect jobs for revenue mobilization and 85 consultants who also have engaged staff to carryout legitimate duties which was as a result of innovative thinking.

In his speech, the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed said under the Kwara Youth Empowerment Program (KWAYEP) program, youths are deployed to various Ministries, Departments and Agencies and private agencies related to their academic background and given hands-on training over a specified period of time. The aim, he said was to provide youths with necessary skills to ensure they are able to compete with their counterparts all over the world.

While noting that youths make up about seventy per cent the country’s total population, Governor Ahmed opined that such population can be the tool for social and economic transformation with the right investment. He assured Kwarans that the State Government will continue to provide an enabling environment for our youths to contribute to the socio-economic development of State.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Empowerment, Alhaji Saka Babatunde advised youths to look beyond engaging in solely public services, but to be creative and be self reliant. He commended Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed for taking youth development as priority.

This year’s International Youth Day celebration held in Kwara which was marked global scale on the featured workshop, performances, lectures and exhibition of various products that were made in Kwara.

3rd Tax Club Quiz Competition: 46 Schools Qualify to the Quarter Final

The Preliminary Stage of The Annual Tax Club Quiz Competition (TCQC) organized by the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development ended in a grand style. Out of one hundred and twenty-eight (128)Senior Secondary Schools (private and public schools) that participated across the three senatorial districts, forty-six schoolsmade it to the quarter final of the competition.

At the Preliminary Stage, Muslim Model Secondary School amassed the total score of forty-two (42) points, which is the highest score at the preliminary stage from Kwara central, followed by Offa Grammar School with 41 points and Shepherd Grammar School had 32 points from Kwara North Senatorial District.

The Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), DrMuritala Awodun paid a surprise visit on the final day of the Preliminary Stage heldon the 19th July, 2018 at Bishop Smith Memorial School, Ilorin. While addressing the contestants, he appreciated all the schools that participated in the competition and urged them to continue with tax sensitization in their various schools.

Dr Awodun stated that “Atthe end of the day, we are going to have a total number of 46 schools qualifying from all the three Senatorial Districts in Kwara State to the second round of the competition”. Statistically, a total number of 15, 14 and 17 schools qualified from Kwara South, North and Central respectively. The EC expounded on why there is uneven representations from all the Senatorial Districts – “You might be wondering why we have seventeen (17) slots for Kwara Central, this is because we have more schools and leagues in the Central than other Senatorial Districts in the state. In this competition, everybody is a winner because the essence of this competition is learn about tax and to be aware of the subject of taxation in Nigeria”Also, the EC urged every participant to spearhead Tax Clubs activities at their various schools.

The Executive Chairman asserted that additional tax club activities would be introduced in the budget of the Service in subsequent years starting from next year. The said the decision wasto ensure that tax club is not just for the competition but also for tax education and awareness, which will be achieved through various tax conferences, competitions, seminars and workshops across the sixteen Local Government Areas in Kwara State.

The following schools have qualified for the Quarter Final of the 2018 Tax Club Quiz Competition:

Kwara North

  1. Awonga High School, Shao
  2. Baptist Model High School, Kaiama
  3. Ecwa, Secondary School, Gure
  4. Government Day Secondary School, Shao
  5. Government Day Secondary School, Songa
  6. Government Secondary School, Jebba
  7. Government Secondary School, Kaiama
  8. Government Secondary School, Lafiagi
  9. Government Secondary School, Yashikira
  10. Islamiyah College, Patigi
  11. Kinti Community Secondary School, Ganagagi
  12. Lafiagi Secondary School, Lafiagi
  13. Muhammed Shaba Lafiagi Senior Secondary School, Lafiagi
  14. Shepherd Senior Secondary School

Kwara South

  1. Agbonna High School, Share
  2. Anglican Comprehensive College
  3. Ansarul-Islam Secondary School, Omu-Aran
  4. Arandun Grammar School
  5. Aran-Orin Comprehensive High School
  6. Community Senior Secondary School, Ganmo
  7. Government Day Secondary School, Ajasse-Ipo
  8. Idofian Grammar School
  9. IjaraIsin High School
  10. Iludun Oro Anglican Girls Secondary School
  11. Offa Grammar School
  12. Omupo Anglican Grammar School
  13. Oro Grammar School, Oro
  14. Oro Muslim High School, Oro
  15. Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo

Kwara Central

  1. Asa Local Government Secondary School, BudoEgba
  2. Asa Local Government Secondary School, Budo-Tuntun
  3. Asa Local Government Secondary School, Temidire
  4. College of Arabic and Islamic Studies
  5. Fortunate International College of Art and Science
  6. Glory Land College, Pipeline
  7. Government Girls Day Secondary School, Okesuna
  8. Government Girls Day Secondary School, Oko-Erin
  9. Government Secondary School, Ilorin
  10. Muslim Model Secondary School
  11. New Hope College, Sango
  12. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Private Secondary School, Oloje
  13. Queen Elizabeth School, Ilorin
  14. Sheik Abdulkadir College
  15. Socrates College
  16. St Anthony’s Senior Secondary School
  17. Total Child Secondary School, Araromi

To Succeed, Apply Knowledge and Wisdom with Understanding – Dr Awodun

With a passion to impact young people all over the world on creativity and innovation, the Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Dr Muritala Awodun gave a lecture to the 2018 Graduating Students of Roemichs International Schools on the theme: Acquiring wisdom is a moral duty not only an intention to advance one’s life on 12 July, 2018.

Dr Awodun explained that knowledge is relevant fact, skill and understanding brought to bear on a creative effort. He noted that the world is full of problems and the quest for knowledge has become the most sought after thing in life today. He emphasized that knowledge imbibed on in schools is not enough and we all must search for wisdom which is not negotiable if one must succeed. He made a biblical reference to King Solomon who asked God for knowledge and wisdom because knowledge will not solve problem on its own.

Dr Awodun emphasized that wisdom is the appropriate and right application of knowledge, thus knowledge and wisdom can be likened to creativity and innovation. He advised the new graduates to apply wisdom in their future endeavours as knowledge not appropriately applied is meaningless just like creativity not transformed to innovation is valueless. He however highlighted on the importance of applying wisdom with knowledge to become successful in life. He capped it all saying that acquiring wisdom is a moral responsibility and not a mere intention to advance our life’s as we have been made to believe.

 

We are ready to Partner with All Organized Associations – Dr Awodun

The Newly Elected Executives of Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) led by Alhaji Abdulrahman Onikijipa today visited the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) to acquaint the Service of the newest development in the Association and how to strengthen their partnership in revenue mobilization.

In his welcome address, the Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Dr Muritala Awodun congratulated the new executives for their readiness to serve, and assured the association that the Service is committed to partner with any organized association to harness more revenue for the strategic development of Kwara State.

Dr Awodun urged the association to obtain the Kwara Residents Identification Number (KRIN), and also to make the information of their members available for government to make adequate planning and provision for the association and Kwarans. He implored the new executives to maintain the good relationship the Service had with the former executives.

Earlier, the new RTEAN State Chairman, Alhaji Abdulrahman Onikijipa, in his speech commended the Service for making life better through various Community Impact Programs (CIP) embarked upon across the State. He assured the management of KW-IRS of full compliance in tax payment and renewal of vehicle licenses as and when due.

TCQC: 2018 Edition Kicks Off

The Annual Tax Club Quiz Competition organized by Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development has commenced the 2018 edition of the competition at Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo, Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara State. The competition aimed at inculcating tax culture in the minds of Secondary School Students in Kwara State.

The Honorable Commissioner of Education and Human Capital Development, represented by Mr Kayode Alabi, while declaring the competition opened, highlighted the importance of the tax club in raising a generation of tax compliance, and increase in tax culture through tax education. He lauded the commitment of the Service in tax awareness and the raise of the grand prize from one million naira (N1, 000,000) to five million naira (N5, 000,000).
He assured that the ministry will work towards the success of this year’s competition and urged all participating schools to adhere strictly to the rules and regulations of the competition.

At the first preliminary stage in Kwara South Senatorial District, Agbonna High School Share, Oro Grammar School, Oro Muslim High School, Anglican Comprehensive College and Idofian Grammar School qualified for the next round out of over 15 schools that competed.

Bauchi, Kogi, Ondo and Others Model Kwara on IGR Collection

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.

Unilorin Tax Club Honours Dr Awodun

The Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Dr Muritala Awodun has again been appreciated for his support to the University of Ilorin Tax Club, and recognized for his contribution to tax administration in Kwara State and Nigeria as a whole. An award was presented to him by the University of Ilorin Tax club during her National Tax Colloquium which took place at the Communication Information Science (CIS) lecture theater, University of Ilorin on 05 July, 2018.

The tax colloquium was an initiative of the tax club to suggest possible ways of solving various challenges confronting tax authorities through interactions and inter school debate. It was born out of necessity to educate people on tax policies, administration and system in Nigeria

The Director of Special Duties who represented the Executive Chairman, Dr Muritala Awodun while receiving the award said there is need to reawaken tax culture in Nigeria and the best way to imbibe tax culture is to inculcate it in the minds of young ones which prompted the management of KW-IRS to commence Tax Club Quiz Competition (TCQC) among senior secondary schools in Kwara State. He appreciated the initiative of Unilorin Tax club in organizing this colloquium and encouraged the participants to take the knowledge to have acquired about tax to the nook and crannies of Nigeria.

In his keynote address titled; “harnessing the tax potentials in the informal sector for revenue generation in developing countries, KW-IRS as a case study” Mr Segun Olaniyi narrated the efforts and successes of KW-IRS in capturing informal sector into the tax net. He said although gathering data of the informal sector is a challenge but the Service had created a department charged with the responsibility of data gathering which can be used to project revenue potentials and development of Kwara State.

Other keynote address was delivered by Mr Adeyemi Adegun, a tax consultant on increasing globalization of tax: Challenges and prospects for developing countries highlighted some of the solutions of Nigeria tax system as; making periodic amendments to tax law, creation of effective and valid data, effective e-filing, increased sensitization, and improved infrastructure to public and prompt resolution of tax conflicts.

Highlight of the event include; drama performance, Panel session on harnessing technology to improve tax system, debate between University of Ilorin and Obafemi Awolowo Univeristy, Ile Ife, presentation prizes to the Unilorin tax Club as the winner of the debate and presentation of certificates of attendance.

Guests at the event were; Director of Legal & Enforcement Barr Lateef Okandeji, Director of Other Revenues, Alhaja Iyabo Abubakar, Head of Corporate Affairs, Mrs Habibah Aiyelabegan, Members of CITN and students of Univeristy of Ilorin.

Development of Kwara State is Every Individual’s Responsibility – Dr Muritala Awodun

The Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Dr Muritala Awodun had identified the need to strengthen the social contract between the Government and the people to enhance tax collection for the infrastructure development of the State.

Dr Awodun made this known in a paper presentation titled ‘‘taxation, social relations and social contract’’ to the Military officers of Sobi Military cantonment at Sobi, Kwara State during an Executive Management course.
In his lecture, Dr Muritala Awodun explained the rudiments of tax administration by highlighting the difference between taxation and tax, objectives of tax, characteristics of tax and fundamentals of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). He further explained that contrary to people’s opinion, principle of tax had been designed to make it fair and simple for taxpayers. He added that tax as defined, is not voluntary but a compulsory payment by all residents of a given state.

The Executive Chairman defined social contract in political philosophy as an actual or hypothetical contract, or agreement between the people and the government, defining the rights and duties of each in the society and social relations as any relationship between one or more individuals in a society. He also said the Government needed the people as much as the people needed the Government and a responsible citizen must pay tax for the development of the society.

During the question and answer session, the KW-IRS Executive Chairman, responded to questions raised on Infrastructure Fund Kwara (IF-K) and integrity of his Staff that the IF-K model is transparent and structured to give Kwara State a face lift among all states in Nigeria and added that disciplinary actions are taken on any Staff who violates the core values of the Service.

In his closing remarks, the commandant of Sobi Barracks, Brigadier- General N. F Umaru said the barrack community was part of the society and appealed for more Government impact. He also advocated that the Army should also support the Government by spreading the message of tax. He urged Kwarans to take tax payment serious because Government needs funds to meet the needs of the people. He warned that uniform men should desist from harassing tax officers in the course of performing their duties.

KW-IRS Educates Unilorin Tax Club

Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Head of Tax Assessment, Mr Sunday Agbana was one of the facilitators at the University of Ilorin Tax Club Forum to sensitize the club members about Tax regime in Nigeria. The forum was organized to educate Unilorin Tax Club Members on tax administration.

NAPPS Visit KW-IRS

National Association of Proprietors of Private School (NAPPS) Kwara State Chapter paid a courtesy visit to the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) on 23rd May, 2018. The visit was appreciated by the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Dr Muritala Awodun as it gave the two bodies an opportunity to deliberate on taxes and modalities of collections.

KW-IRS Donates Transformer and Bore Hole to Two Communities.

After some years of electric shortage that had left Eiyenkorin and Budo oke community to darkness, the electricity of the communities were restored due to the quick intervention of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) in providing 200KVA transformers to the communities. According to the members of the community, several attempts and efforts were put in place towards resolving the issue of electricity blackout were to no avail. This however, prompted members of Eiyenkorin and Budo oke communities to express their distress to Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) and the Service delivered the transformers and motorized bole hole as requested by the communities being part of the Service’s Community Impact Program (CIP).  These in return will enable the Service to collect revenues from the communities for the strategic development of the State.