KW-IRS Sympathizes with Olofa of Offa

The Management and Staff of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) sympathize with the Monarch of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II over the tragedy of the bank robbery that claimed lives of Offa residents on Thursday 5th April, 2018.

The incident was unfortunate and an act of depravity. We condole with the families of those who lost their lives in the calamity. May God comfort the hearts of their loved ones left behind.

We urge the Federal Government to employ all measures to ensure the safety of lives and properties everywhere in Nigeria.

May the souls of the deceased rest in peace.

Signed

Muritala Awodun, PhD
Executive Chairman

KW-IRS on Facility Tour to IVTEC

The Management and Students of the International Vocational, Technical and Entrepreneurship College (IVTEC), Ajase-Ipo in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State hosted the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) team on a facility tour on 10 April, 2018. The tour offered the KW-IRS team led by the Executive Chairman, Dr Muritala Awodun an opportunity to interact with the staff and the first set of students of IVTEC.

Dr Awodun as an entrepreneur shared his experience with the students of the College. He offered encouraging words and advised them to take optimum advantage of the available resources (professional teachers and state-of-the-art technology) and opportunities therein. He also advised the students to try as much as possible to excel and help the larger society by not limiting their knowledge to the immediate locality.

The Executive Chairman, however, commended the Kwara State Government for the sponsorship given to the first set of students who commenced training on Monday, 9 April, 2018 saying that this would spur the youth towards becoming self-reliant. He encouraged the students to maximize the opportunities availed them so as to help develop their society by in-turn training the teeming youth who cannot afford to undergo the world class training at IVTEC.

KW-IRS Light up Ayedun

As part of the of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) effort to impact positively the lives of residents of Kwara State through her Community Impact Program (CIP), the Service donated a 200KVA transformer to end the insufficient power supply in the Ayedun Community, Oke –Ero Local Government Area of Kwara State. By this act, the Service was able to end the black out that had caused economic setback in the Community.

The members of the Community rolled out in their numbers to express delight during the installation of the transformer on 29 March, 2018. The KW-IRS team which was led by the Director of Special Duties, Mr Segun Olaniyi, and the Director, Corporate, Alhaji Olaide Nuhu Muhammed, presented the transformer on behalf of the Executive Chairman of the Service. Others present at the occasion were the Head of Corporate Affairs, Mrs Habibah K.K Aiyelabegan and the Omu-Aran Area Office Coordinator, Mr Yinka Anifowose.
The Obajisun of Ayedun, HRM (Dr.) Olusegun Abayomi Rotimi (JP) commended KW-IRS for its revolutionary tax administration in Kwara State and for touching lives through its various activities such as the donation of transformer to Ayedun Community.

The Chiefs, including the Asiwaju of Ayedun, J. O. Ogunshola, Odofian of Ayedun, Chief Bolaji Omotosho Aralamo and other members of the community also commended the State Government and the KW-IRS for the provision. They unanimously agreed that that the Service has continually worked with the fear of God and that their intervention are often timely and excellently performed with the interest of the people in mind.
The representative of the Students of the community expressed joy that the availability of the transformer will enable constant power supply for students preparing for the forthcoming West African Examination Council (WAEC) exams.

In appreciation, the Oba of Ayedun, HRM (Dr.) Olusegun Abayomi Rotimi (JP) President, Ayedun Development Association (ADA), Alh. Fatai Tiamiyu and representatives of Ayedun Students’ Union visited the KW-IRS Corporate Office to show gratitude for the delivery of the transformer to the community. They were received at the Revenue House by the Executive Chairman, Dr Muritala Awodun. The Oba described Dr Muritala Awodun as a man of honour and integrity.

The President of the Union, Comrade Olatunji Dare Emmanuel in his remarks commended the Management of KW-IRS for the outstanding performance of the Service since 2015 urging residents of Kwara to join hands to make KW-IRS record more success in prospective years.

Responding, the Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, Dr Muritala Awodun said it is the responsibility of the Service to reciprocate by giving back to the society as allowed by the Kwara State Administration Law 2015. He added that governance and taxation is a social contract which is expected to be mutually beneficial on the part of the government and the governed. Dr Awodun added that it is the duty of the residents of Kwara State to respond by paying their taxes to spur the government to do more.

In his closing remarks to the royal entourage, Dr Awodun concluded that “As you continue to pay your Tax, the Government through IF-K and other projects will continue to change the face of Kwara State”

Dr Awodun dedicates Awards to Taxpayers

Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) added another plaque to its shelve courtesy of the Management and Staff of National Moonlight Newspaper who recognized KW-IRS as the Best Service Organization and the Executive Chairman of the Service, Dr Muritala Awodun as the Most Innovative CEO in 2017.

The award which was in recognition of the transformative approach introduced by the KW-IRS to Public Service of Kwara State as well as her immense contribution to community development through her Community Impact Programmes since the inception was announced at the Fourth Year Anniversary and Award night of the National Moonlight Newspaper.

The event which held at the Government Banquet Hall, Ahmadu Bello Way, GRA, Ilorin was filled to its capacity by the crème de la crème of the society, traditional rulers, industrialists and various people from all walks of life to witness the exceptional event.

While receiving the Award, the Executive Chairman, Dr Muritala Awodun lauded the management of the Newspaper for deeming it fit to distinguish some members of the society who have contributed immensely to uplift the face of Kwara both in Nigeria and in diaspora.

Dr Awodun asserted that the success of KW-IRS could be ascribed to the stakeholders and taxpayers that believed in the vision and mission of the Service and thus gave support for the record breaking achievement. He therefore dedicated the two awards to Kwara state taxpayers with the expectation that more success will be recorded in subsequent years.

Kwara State Internal Revenue Service from 2015 had embarked on several Community Impact Programmes which are centred on what is tagged the “5-Es” (Employment, Education, Environment, Empowerment and Enterprise) which all add values to the residents of Kwara State

KW-IRS Hands over LG Revenue Collections Back to Local Councils

The Kwara ‎State Internal Revenue Service ‎ (KW-IRS) resolved that Seventeen (17) out of theTwenty One (21) revenue items in the Approved List for Collection Act 1998 (as amended) collectable by the Local Government (LG) collections will now be collected by all the Sixteen Local Governments Area of the State.

The Executive Chairman of KW-IRS, Dr Muritala Awodun, disclosed this during a Press Conference after the Joint Revenue Committee (JRC) meeting held with all the Chairmen of the LGs at the KW-IRS Corporate Head Office in Ilorin, the State Capital on the 5th day of April 2018.

According to Dr Awodun, the remaining Four (4) items: Citizenship fee, Tenement ‎Rate, Sign Board & Advertisement and Telecommunication mast would be collected by the Service on behalf of the LGs. He said the decision to leave the four revenue items with the Service was reached at the meeting with all the 16 Local Government Chairmen. He added that the decision will enable the LGs leverage on the process and technological platform of the State Government collections.

In his address, the Kwara State Association of Local Governments of Nigerian (ALGON) Chairman who is also the Chairman of Oyun LG, Joshua Omokanye ‎said there was no disagreement between the Local Government and Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS). He pointed out that LGs had observed and understudied the Service and the substantive Chairmen were now ready to take up the responsibility of collection using with their staff.

The ALGON Chairman assured the pressmen that this was still in line with the provision of the law and LGs would continue to partner with the Service in their efforts to move the two tiers of Government forward.

KW-IRS Seals Federal Mortgage Bank

Following a Court Order issued by the Kwara State Revenue Court on 12th February 2018, the Directorate of Legal and Enforcement of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) sealed the premises of Federal Mortgage Bank at Asa Dam Road, Ilorin. The seal was over tax default of Fourteen Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand, Three Hundred and Thirteen Naira (N14, 750,313.18) being outstanding liabilities of Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE), Development Levies, Business Premises and Water Rate from 2010 – 2015.
Mrs M. J Orire who gave the court judgement declared:

That order is hereby given to the applicant’s Chairman or any officers so assigned to distrain the respondents, good, chattels, machineries, plans, tools, vehicles, land, premises, bonds and other securities for the purpose of enforcing the payment of the Pay-As-You-Earn, Development levies, Business Premises and Water Rate of the respondent for years 2010 – 2015 which is in the sum of Fourteen Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand, Three Hundred and Thirteen Naira, Eighteen Kobo (N14,750,313.18). That order is equally given that the respondent shall pay the fine of Two Hundred and Forty-Nine Thousand, Six Hundred and Eighty-Seven Naira (N249,687) only.

The Director of Legal and Enforcement, Alhaji Lateef Okandeji who was represented by the Head of Enforcement Department, Barr. Lukman Mustapha led the Enforcement team to the premises at Asa Dam and restricted staff of the Bank from gaining entrance into the building. He said the decision came after a long deliberation between KW-IRS and Federal Mortgage Bank, Ilorin Branch. He explained that after a judgement was received to seal the premises of the Bank, the Service waited for a long period but there was no response and this prompted the Service to execute the judgement.

He added that in KW-IRS, sealing of shops and business premises is the last resort and resolving issues amicably is key in KW-IRS strategy, but when taxpayers remain adamant, the Service will be left with no other choice than to enforce.

Barr. Mustapha implored taxpayers, both individuals and corporate bodies to carry out their statutory obligation by paying their taxes at the right time to avoid being enforced.

The premises was later unsealed after the Bank had agreed to pay a substantial part of the judgement debt of N14,750,313.18 and also commit to a schedule on how the balance of the money would be paid. The Bank has demonstrated commitment to keeping the pledge as it made payment of part of the liability.

NURTW Flags Off 2018 Personal Income Tax Payment

As part of the strategies of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) to engage stakeholders and make payment of taxes simple and convenient for taxpayers, the Service resolved in 2016 to collect Personal Income Tax (PIT) through various associations and organized groups of the Informal Sector.

The State Chairman of the Union Alhaji Isa Ore flagged off the 2018 PIT payment at a meeting with members of the Union and staff of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service held at the NURTW Headquarters, Airport Road, Ilorin. He charged his members across the State to make payment this year directly to the Service or through NURTW Branch and Zonal Chairmen to avoid being enforced by the appropriate agencies.

In his address, the Executive Chairman of KW-IRS, Dr Muritala Awodun commended the Union for their compliance in the previous years. He referred to them as the pacesetters that other Unions emulated in remittance of taxes in the preceding year. He urged the members to perform their statutory responsibility by following the step of the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji (Dr) Abdulfatah Ahmed who recently paid his Land Charge at the Corporate Head Office of KW-IRS, Ilorin.

Earlier in an interactive session with the KW-IRS Director of Special Duties, Mr Olusegun Olaniyi, members of the Union asked about the Kwara Resident Identification Number (KRIN) card and where to make payments.

In his response, Mr Segun Olaniyi said the KRIN could be obtained online or at the Revenue House of KW-IRS while the card would be issued upon production. On payments, he assured the Union members that one of the strategies of KW-IRS was making payment convenient for taxpayers by introducing several simple and easy payment methods. This included payment in instalment, use of electronic payment platform (via pay.kw-irs.com, or quickteller.com/kwirs) or through their various associations.

Shortly after the interactive session, the State Chairman of NURTW, Alhaji Issa Ore paid his PIT and urged all members to fulfil their civic obligation through paying their taxes voluntarily in order to avoid being enforced, citing the recent payment of Land Charge by Governor AbdulFatah Ahmed as a good example. He was presented his receipt as evidence of payment by the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of a cheque of five million and five hundred naira only (N5, 500,000) for the purchase of a Toyota Corolla as official vehicle for the Union to support their activities.

The Union members expressed profound joy and took Dr Awodun and his team on a tour of their Zonal Secretariat under construction.

Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed Pays Land Charge

One of the virtues of a good leader is the ability to lead by example especially in displaying the act of patriotism and loyalty to civic duties such as paying taxes, obeying the laws and to be responsive to national calls. This desirable quality was shown by the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed through the payment of his land charge of his resident in GRA Ilorin. This was done as a result of Land Charge bill that he was served by the Directorate of Property Tax of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) on Tuesday 20th of February 2018.

On Wednesday 22nd of February 2018 the Executive Governor without any hesitation, visited the Corporate Head Office of KW-IRS to pay his land charge for 2018. The Executive Governor was welcomed by the Executive Chairman of the Service, Dr Muritala Awodun and other directors and preceded to the office to commence the electronic payment platform.

Addressing the newsmen after the payment, the Governor expressed delight in the e-payment platform introduced by KW-IRS to block leakages and improve the revenue base and urged members of the public, corporate bodies and other land users to follow suit as a practical demonstration of their commitment to the progress of the state as this remain the only way to enable government mobilize enough resources to improve infrastructure, human capital and economic development of the state.

Governor Ahmed noted that inability to pay tax as a duty will lead to deficit in funding capacity which according to him may have negative impact on the economy.

The payment process have been made easy, it can be done through mobile devices or computer by visiting pay.kw-irs.com and will take less than 5mins of completion or could be done at the Corporate Head Office or through KW-IRS Business Development Officers at the Bureau of Land, G.R.A Ilorin.

KW-IRS Empowers Local Government Councils

Information gathering, processing and storage with the aid of Information Communication Technology (ICT) is significant in all professions and Revenue Administration is not an exception as it serves as a data bank and means of communication as well as for systematic reporting.

For Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) to operate at par with counterparts worldwide, it is important to apply global best practices in the Revenue Administration. It is well known that the reform model of KW-IRS has been People, Process and Technology (PPT). KW-IRS has transformed the Revenue Administration process with the use of technology which has enabled increased efficiency, blocking of leakages, real time monitoring & reporting as well as seamless operations across Directorates.

To this effect, KW-IRS donated new sets of computers and printers to all the sixteen (16) Local Government Area Councils (LGACs) in Kwara State. The objective of this donation is to increase efficiency and accountability in the Local Government revenue collection as well as aid record keeping.

KW-IRS has purposefully empowered the LGACs to enable them leverage on the platform of the State and to drive their online collections, particularly Citizenship which has been automated.

Speaking on behalf of other LGAC Chairmen, having received the gadgets, the Chairman of Moro Local Government, Hon. Saka Mumini Eleyele expressed his profound gratitude to the Management of KW-IRS for the kind gesture. He emphasized that the provision of computer systems will aid the accuracy in revenue reporting, efficiency and speed in operations and provide a platform for proper monitoring of activities which would minimize the chance for fraud.

Honourable Eleyele assured that the LGACs would use the assets appropriately as they are committed to the betterment of their people and development of their Areas.

KW-IRS Embarks On Community Impact Program along University Road, Tanke

Over the years, Tanke axis has experienced incidents of flood during the rainy season as a result of blocked drainages caused by illegal dumping of refuse along the water ways by residents of the area.

Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), as part of its Community Impact Program centred on “Environment” which is one of the five Es (Employment, Empowerment, Environment, Education, Enterprise), embarked on clearing of drainages from Tipper garage through University of Ilorin main gate in a bid to forestall further occurrence of flood and prevent the outbreak of infections and diseases such as Malaria and Cholera just as another rainy season is about to set in.

Residents of this area are hereby enjoined to change their attitude towards indiscriminate dumping of solid waste and ensure safe environment as this will go a long way to prevent the hazardous effects of improper waste management, reduce Government spending on repair of damaged roads and provide an opportunity to channel public funds to other sectors of the economy beneficial to and desired by us all.

Dr Awodun Conferred as Peace Ambassador

The Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin has conferred the Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Dr Muritala Awodun as a Peace Ambassador. The award was presented to him during the Director of the Centre, Prof Noah Yusuf during a Courtesy visit of the service to the Centre.

In his welcome address, the Director of the Centre, Prof Noah Yusuf, admonished the recipient (Dr Awodun) to preach peace at all times. He sought for collaboration and working relationship between the Centre and the Revenue Service stressing that collection of taxes and revenue can only be achieved when there is relevant peace in the society. “It is only a secured citizen that can pay tax and through tax payment, a citizen can be secured”.

Prof Yusuf commended the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS for his commitment and hard work towards the successful reform of revenue mobilization in Kwara State. He posited that the face of tax in Kwara State had changed for the better.

Responding, Dr Awodun said “No Peace, No Revenue” and the Service understands the position of the centre in ensuring peace and stability in Nigeria. Dr Awodun also said the Revenue Service will synergize with the Centre in funding Researches that will aid the performance of the Service, emphasizing that KW-IRS is an organization founded on the base of Academics in terms of being a performance-driven organization building a new army of public servant that will change the face of civil service in the State.

The highlights of the event was the decoration and Certification of Dr Muritala Awodun as a Peace Ambassador by the President of the Student’s Association of the Centre.

A Tax Payer is a Responsible Person – Emir Ilesha Baruba

The Emir of Ilesha Baruba Prof Halilu Abubakar has described a tax payer has a responsible person, who sees taxation as a statutory obligation levied for development of the community and described tax evasion as crime that should be treated rigorously.

Prof Abubakar stated this during an interview with KWAREVE NEWS team in his palace at Ilesha Baruba, Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara State. He said “taxation is not a new phenomenon; it has been in existence during the colonial era, and there is no distinct difference in tax collection now and how it used to be but the process has changed. It is just that those taxes were not exploited but they existed inside the books”.

The Emir added that in terms of tax administration and effort, the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) has brought a dynamic approach characterized with result orientation and professionalism in the discharge of her duties.

The Emir of Ilesha Baruba lamented on neglect of taxes during Nigeria oil wealth boom which resulted to the country’s loss of tax consciousness and taxes were not charged on people, properties and goods appropriately.
Responding to a question on role of tax in nation building, Prof Halilu Abubakar highlighted 3 roles of taxation in the society as; the revenue generation, income redistribution and economic stabilization. He said there is a need to close the gap between the rich and the poor by taxing the poor less and rich more. He further stated that these monies can be used to provide basic infrastructure for the people resident in the State. Also for economic stability, Prof Abubakar said when there is inflation, some certain goods could be taxed to stabilize the economy.

“This is the right time for KW-IRS to operate because there is no other better time but one like this when oil revenue is not sufficient, Government needs money to pay salaries and embark on developmental projects; there is no other way of achieving this but through taxes” he said.

Prof Halidu I. Abubakar is a Professor of Economics, the Emir of Ilesha Baruba and the Chairman of Harmony Holdings, Kwara State.

Ministries’ will be fully Automated in 2018

The Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Dr Muritala Awodun has assured all that by January 2018, all revenues that are generated by Ministries, Departments & Agencies (MDAs) in Kwara State will be fully automated which would significantly block revenue leakages being experienced in the past and improve collections. Dr Muritala Awodun stated this during a courtesy tour at Kwara State Secretariat, Ilorin.

The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS explained that while there had been various engagement between the Ministries and the Service for the design of the platform to transition from manual to automated process, it was now more important than ever giving the interest and directive of the State Executive Council. He explained that the Council had set up a Committee on the automation of collections of MDAs chaired by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji S. I. Gold. The Committee is tasked with ensuring effective implementation of the automation and reporting levels of compliance of the various MDAs.

The Honourable Commissioners and Permanent Secretaries of the various Ministries pledged support to Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) in revenue generation. This is part of efforts to ensure Kwara State improve in Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for socio-economic development of the State.

Among the Ministries visited were the Ministries of Culture and Tourism, Education and Human Capital Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Women Affairs and Social Development as well as the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

Dr Awodun Calls for Nigeria Tax Reform

The Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Dr Muritala Awodun has called on the Joint Tax Board (JTB) to reform the tax law to enable the Informal Sector tax collection process as easy as that of Pay As You Earn (PAYE) which empowers employers of labour to deduct taxes from their employees and remit to the government.

Dr Awodun made this call during the Annual Seminar/Workshop tagged Guidelines on PAYE Operation and Other Statutory Deductions due to the State Government held at Kwara Hotels, GRA, Ilorin on 25th January 2018.

The Executive Chairman gave insights on the performance of the Service over the years and gave credit to various public and private sector organizations for assisting the Revenue Service to perform commendably in tax drive and implored residents of Kwara State to support the Government in actualizing its goals by paying their taxes.

Dr Awodun said there is a need for the Workshop to hold annually to train, update knowledge about changes that may have occurred during the year and to discuss issues that affect remittance of taxes by various organizations. He emphasized that it is an avenue to appreciate account officers of organizations for prompt remittance of PAYE as and when due.

He added that Kwara State is still dependent on the Formal Sector and the strive to increase revenue is still struggling with the formal organizations.

“I am beginning to see a pattern coming from Informal Sector that will inform some kind of changes that will take place in the future nationally so that the same way that the law empowers organizations to deduct and remit taxes directly, there should also be a way that the various associations in the Informal Sector are empowered to be the one to collect and remit taxes from and for the members of the associations and remit to the Revenue Service”, Dr Awodun explained.

The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS emphasized that these associations are organized and have modalities of collecting their dues from their members without chaos and if such associations are empowered by law to collect taxes from their members and remit to the revenue agencies, it will become more convenient for both the revenue agencies and taxpayers. This could be discussed at the next JTB meeting.

One of the facilitators, the Director of Admin and Operations, Mrs Adenike Babajamu said it is in the interest of KW-IRS to make taxpayers’ payments easier and block leakages at all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) by introducing electronic payment platform.

She disclosed that all MDAs collections in Kwara State have been fully automated and trained Business Development Officers (BDOs) have been equipped to make transactions easier for taxpayers adding that payment can be done through smart phones and tablets anywhere as long as there is mobile internet. She added that clients who require assistance could also visit the MDAs where they would be assisted appropriately.

The event was attended by the Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service Dr Muritala Awodun, Executive Chairman of Ondo State Board of Internal Revenue, Mr Tolu Adegbite, Director of Admin and Operations, Mrs Adenike Babajamu, Director of Tax Assessment, Mr ‘Lekan Rotimi, Director of Corporate, Alhaji Nuhu Olaide Muhammed, Head of Corporate Affairs, Mrs Habibah Aiyelabegan, Representatives of Corporate Organizations and staff of KW-IRS.

KW-IRS Seals Skye Bank in Ilorin

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) sealed two branches of Skye Bank in Ilorin, the Kwara State Capital on Wednesday 24th January 2018. The KW-IRS team was led by the Director, Legal and Enforcement, Lateef Okandeji, Esq. He said this was an enforcement of a Court Order issued on 23rd January following judgement delivered on 22nd January 2018.

He further explained that this distrain was a last resort the Service resulted to after series of dialogues with the Bank on their outstanding established liability on Withholding Tax on Bank Interest for the years 2013 and 2014 in the sum of Thirty Million, Sixty Eight Thousand, Four Hundred and Seventy One Naira (30,068,471,22).

Community Impact Program

The Department of Research and Intelligence of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) embarked on Community Impact Program (CIP) to proffer a solution to the identified issues relating to a girl child.
The beneficiary schools included Government Girls Day Secondary School (GGDSS) Oko Erin, GGDSS, Oke Suna, Government Day Secondary School (GDSS) Alore and GGDSS, Pakata.

At all the schools visited, the female staff of the Department sensitized the girls on Menstruation Menstrual Cycle, Ovulation, Female Reproductive System, Fertilization, Hygiene and Sanitary towel use and disposal.
Also, a health awareness campaign was carried out at New Shao Garage to give the drivers a health talk, conduct free Blood Pressure (BP) test and enlightenment about Body Mass Index (BMI) with the assistance of a nurse. The tests were conducted on about a hundred people including women and students.

KW-IRS Deploys Area Coordinators

After a rigorous orientation and training, the newly appointed Area Coordinators are to resume their official assignments this month.

This was made known in a statement signed by the Director of Admin and Operations, Mrs Adenike Babajamu. According to her, the Area coordinators have been given a big task and will need the support of staff at the area offices to accomplish their mission.

The officers are to coordinate all staff of every Directorate in the area offices, block leakages and gather data to improve revenues in their assigned Area Offices.

The Director also said all Area office staff should be dedicated, diligent and cooperate with the Area Coordinators for the interest of the Service.

She advised all staff to adhere to the core values and mission of the Service.
The Area Coordinators are: Mr Tony Awoyale (Offa Area office), Mrs Yetunde Elegboja (Adewole Area office) , Mr Aliyu Adebayo (Bode Saadu) and Mr Yinka Anifowose (Omu Aran Area office)

First Tax Club Quiz Competition: Promise Fulfilled

All prize promises at the First Annual Tax Club Quiz Completion (TCQC) held in 2016 have been fulfilled. Prizes were given to the top 3 schools (for projects), for students (for scholarship)and for teachers (cash prizes)
Government Secondary School (GSS), Omu-Aran made history by emerging as winner of the maiden edition of TCQC, while Government Girls Day Secondary School (GGDSS) Oko-Erin and Iloffa Grammar School (IGS) Iloffa emerged as second and third respectively.

The prizes for the best teachers which were cash prizes of N150,000, N100,000 and N50,000 for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd best teachers respectively were all redeemed by the beneficiaries after the competition in December, 2016. The scholarship prizes for tertiary education won by students at the values of N250,000, N150,000 and N100,000 for 1st, 2nd and 3rdbest. As the students who represented their schools have begun to gain admission into tertiary institution, redemption of prizes for the students has also commenced.

The prizes for the best schools have all also been redeemed. The winning School GSS Omu-Aran won a prize worth N1, 000,000 while the second and third schools won N500,000 and N250,000 respectively. As resolved by the two organizing parties KW-IRS and the ministry of Education, the prize winning were to be used for projectsthat will add value to the educational experience of the students of the school.

The first prize won by GSS Omu Aran was used to furnish theschool library, the second prize for GGDSS Oko-Erin was used to renovate a block of classrooms while IGS, Iloffa used their winning to furnish the conference room as the third prize.

The principals, teachers, students and parents of various schools experienced joy over the donations at the handling over event.

Beauty from Ashes: Handing Over of the Reconstructed 40 Burnt Shops

24 November 2017 was a day of joy at the Baboko Market in Ilorin, Kwara State, when Market Traders whose shops were previously gutted by fire in April, 2017 were beaming with smiles as they were presented with keys to their brand new shops reconstructed by the Ilorin West Local Government council with support from the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS).

In his address, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Dr Muritala Awodun reminded the market people that Local Governments are in charge of the maintenance of all Markets in the Kwara State. He advised the Market traders to play their parts in the payment of tax as and when due. He also gave his assurance that the Kwara State Government had the best interest of the residents of Kwara at heart and always sought to make the Market environment conducive for business activities.

Speaking on behalf of the Senate President (SP) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Bukola Saraki,the Mandate Director-General, Hon. Wahab Issa who relayed the greetings of Dr Saraki to the market people saying the Senate President sympathized with victims of the fire incident. He also delivered the gifts from the senate president to the users of the shops as relief to restart their businesses.

Ministries’ Collections Will Be Fully Automated in 2018 – Dr Awodun

The Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Dr Muritala Awodun has assured all that by January 2018, all revenues that are generated by Ministries, Departments & Agencies (MDAs) in Kwara State will be fully automated which would significantly block revenue leakages being experienced in the past and improve collections. Dr Muritala Awodun stated this during a courtesy tour at Kwara State Secretariat, Ilorin.

The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS explained that while there had been various engagement between the Ministries and the Service for the design of the platform to transition from manual to automated process, it was now more important than ever giving the interest of the State Executive Council. He explained that the Council had set up a Committee on the automation of collections of MDAs chaired by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji S. I. Gold. The Committee is tasked with ensuring effective implementation of the automation and reporting levels of compliance of the various MDAs.

The Honourable Commissioners and Permanent Secretaries of the various Ministries pledged support to Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) in revenue generation. This is part of efforts to ensure Kwara State improve in Internally Generated Revenue for socio-economic development of the State.

Among the Ministries visited were the Ministries of Culture and Tourism, Education and Human Capital Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Women Affairs and Social Development as well as the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.