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.
Muritala Awodun, PhD