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.

KW-IRS Lajorin Office Relocates to New Yidi Road

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) Annex Office located at Madeleke Plaza, Lajorin off Muritala Road has relocated to New Yidi Road, opposite Tuyil Pharmaceutical Ltd, for taxpayers’ convenience and better service delivery within Ilorin metropolis, Kwara State.
The Directorates & Departments at the new location include:

1. Property Tax Directorate
2. Informal Sector Directorate
3. Community Evaluation and Monitoring Department
4. Research and Data Gathering Department

Please note that you can make your vehicle registration at all our Motor Licensing Authority (MLA) offices across the State and continue to perform your civic responsibility by paying taxes as and when due for the strategic development of Kwara State.

Furthermore, all payments should be made to KW-IRS designated commercial banks or through our online payment platforms on pay.kw-irs.com and www.quickteller.com/Kwirs.

Signed

Muritala Awodun, PhD
Executive Chairman
Kwara State Internal Revenue Service

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.

KW-IRS Lafiagi Area Office Commence Full Operation

Kwara State Internal Revenue Service on 22 June, 2018 commenced full operation at the Lafiagi Area Office in Edu Local Government Area of the State. The Area Office make tax payment convenient for taxpayers of the environs.

 

NGF Kick Starts Study on IGR Growth in Kwara State

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) on 25th June, 2018) received a team of researchers from the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) Secretariat in Abuja on how Kwara State will improve on its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). The team of analysts began their research with Kwara State due to the overall performance of KW-IRS.

The NGF in collaboration with the World Bank is embarking on an in-depth study across the six Geo-political zones of Nigeria in order to estimate Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) potentials of the selected States.

KW-IRS Condole with Banks in Offa

Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) had paid a condolence visit to the recently robbed commercial Banks in Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State over the robbery incident that claimed lives and destroyed properties.

The Executive Chairman, Dr Muritala Awodun who was represented by the Head of Property Tax, Mrs Shade Olanipekun prayed for God’s protection on Staff of the Banks and residents of Offa.

The Banks visited were; Union Bank, Guarantee Trust Bank, Eco Bank, First Bank and Zenith Bank.

Justice Mustapha Akanbi’s Death, A Great Loss

The Management and Staff of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) sympathize with the family, friends, people of Ilorin Emirate and Nigeria, over the demise of the former Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Mustapha Adebayo Akanbi who died on Sunday 3rd June, 2018.

During his life, Justice Mustapha Akanbi was one of the eminent that received and supported the Service from inception. He was an active taxpayer who saw tax as his civic responsibility to Kwara State.

Justice Akanbi was always available to attend to any issue brought forward to him, He had the love of Kwara State at heart and will be greatly missed for his fatherly advice, encouragement and commitment.

May Almighty Allah give Kwarans and the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Zulu Gambari the fortitude to bear the loss.
Signed
Muritala Awodun, PhD
Executive Chairman
Kwara State Internal Revenue Service

KW-IRS Generates N7.7 Billion in Four Months

Kwara State Internal Revenue Service KW-IRS has generated the sum of N7.7 Billion (Seven Billion, Seven Hundred Million Naira) as Internally Generated Revenue(IGR) in the first four months of 2018 compared to N7.4 Billion (Seven Billion, Four Hundred Million Naira) recorded in the first four months of 2017 as against N11 Billion targeted.

The Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Dr Muritala Awodun made this known while presenting the first quarter report to journalists during the quarterly media parley held at Ministry of Information and Communication (MOIC), Kwara State Secretariat, Ilorin. Kwara State.

The Chief Executive of tax and revenue collections in Kwara State, Dr Awodun said the marginal increase in revenue generation in the state was due to change in strategies and positive response of taxpayers. He gave the breakdown of the N7.7 Billion as; January – N2.2 Billion, February – N2.39 Billion, March – N1.8 Billion and April – N1.29 Billion.

According to the Chairman, the total budget for the year 2018 signed into law by the State House of Assembly was N38 Billion Naira. But due to some constraints, two major revenue items namely; Land Charge of N2 Billion and Sales of Fertilizers of N3 Billion were removed from the budget leaving the target as N33 Billion.

Automobile Registration Commence In Edu/Patigi LGA

Prior to the establishment of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), revenue from Motor Licensing collections in Edu and Patigi Local Government Areas (LGAs) were often lost to fake license documents or to neighbour state(s). This was attributed to the lack of an operational Kwara Motor Licensing Authority (MLA) in these areas. Motorists had to travel about two hours to the State capital, Ilorin where the documents were processed.

The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Dr Muritala Awodun, represented by the Director of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) Mr ’Lekan Rotimi visited the newly opened MLA office in Lafiagi on 24th of May 2018. The aim which was to improve convenience of service to taxpayers is paramount to the organization while avoiding revenue loss and ensuring integrity in the revenue mobilization process.

The Director also sensitised the members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Kudu Lagalaga and commercial motorcycle riders in Lafiagi on the need for motorists to attain authentic documents. He explained that this would add to the IGR of the State and consequently, availability of funds for infrastructure projects in Kwara State.

Mr ’Lekan Rotimi said the process of vehicle/motorcycle registration is simple and quick compared to how it was in the past and the Service is willing to enforce compliance if this opportunity is not utilized. He urged taxpayers to avoid fake documents, deal with only KW-IRS staff and report any unlawful acts by illegal agents.

The NURTW Branch Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Yusuf lauded KW-IRS for the initiative of having MLA office in Lafiaji. He appealed to the Kwara State Government to make judicious use of taxes collected and ensure that staff of KW-IRS take the news to every road users in the locality.

In addition, the Director of MDAs visited the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Lafiaji, Mr Simeon Ayinoko to announce the presence of MLA in Lafiagi as well as to solicit the support of the Nigeria Police Force in protecting the staff of the Service and the residents and for enforcement of tax defaulters where necessary.

The DPO of Lafiagi Command, Mr Simeon Ayinoko said the presence of the MLA is timely as it will curb illegality in vehicle registration as most of the road users were not registered hitherto.

Tax Evasion and Avoidance still persist in Tax Administration – Dr Awodun

Tax evasion and avoidance can be described as canker-worms in revenue generation world. Despite the strict laws governing tax administration, most tax administrators find it difficult to tackle the issues of tax evasion and avoidance which had continually pose threats to revenue growth in all parts of the world.

Recently, the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun and Chairman of the Joint Tax Committee, Mr Babatunde Fowler revealed their concern about the 6% tax ratio to GDP (Gross Domestic Product) being one of the lowest in the world which is presently a concern to both the Federal and State Government, and measures on how to increase the tax ratio to GDP to about 20% had been put to place.
For example, the Federal government launched Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) in Nigeria for updates in tax record. The scheme was designed to harness people using the tax regime to their own advantage in order to reduce the amount of tax that is payable by means that are within the law or refusing to pay tax at all. These are mostly peculiar with all taxable individuals, firms and organizations.

As part of the efforts to reduce the menace of tax evasion and avoidance in the society, the Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS, Dr Muritala Awodun gave insight on why some individuals or entity in Kwara State such as Igbo Traders Association cannot be categorized as informal sector. Having been assessed with an existing tax record with the defunct board of internal revenue service, their net worth cannot be assumed to be categorized under the informal sector whose taxable income is not regularized.

As parts of the efforts to curb the menance of tax evasion and avoidance in the society, the Executive Chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS), Dr Muritala Awodun had in various occasions explained to individuals, corporate bodies and group activities that may lead to tax evasion and avoidance, and the dangers inherent.

This was reiterated again at a meeting with the Kwara State Igbo Traders Association (KWAITA) during a courtesy visit to the Kwara State Revenue House. The Executive Chairman addressed the issue of some High Net worth individuals among the Igbo traders in Kwara State who thought they could hide under the category of the informal sector to pay a flat rate with other members of the association.

Dr Awodun said that there is no favorism in tax administration and the tax regime of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service is guided by law and tax policies.
He stressed that “taxation is based on principle of fairness. Those earning high should pay more; it will be unfair if every members of the public pays the same tax because income varies”. However, the law allows anyone that doesn’t agree with the assessment raised to write a letter of objection which may or may not be considered based on available information.

KW-IRS Strengthens Tie with MDAs

“The Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) revenue in Kwara State is a sector in dire need of unwavering attention if targets would be met in 2018.” This was the introductory statement of the Head of Service (HOS) of Kwara State, Mrs Susan Modupe Oluwole during the Quarter One MDAs Revenue Review meeting organised by the Office of the HOS in collaboration with the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) at the Governor’s Office GRA Ilorin. The meeting was attended by all Permanent Secretaries of the State Ministries.

Mrs Oluwole stressed the need to put more efforts in place to improve the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from the MDAs. She commended the strategy put in place by KW-IRS under the leadership of Dr Muritala Awodun in revamping and automating the MDAs revenue collections.

Dr Muritala Awodun, in his address, expressed the need to synchronize activities as well as be in tune with the vision of the Head of Service who initiated the gathering with the aim of finding solutions to some challenges in order to ensure MDAs met their monthly targets. He gave a comprehensive analysis of how all the Ministries and Parastatals faired in the Quarter One of 2018 urging the ministries that could not meet their targets to brace up.

The Head of Service in her response said there was a lot to be done across all the Ministries in order to complement the efforts of KW-IRS towards enhancing the growth of the IGR. She said all Ministries must put in more effort and give maximum support to KW-IRS at all times so that the vision to achieve the targets of revenue generation for the State would be achieved. She urged all MDAs to identify their constraints and possible solutions to mitigate counter-productive effects and maximise activities for optimal output.

The gathering had an interactive session where Permanent Secretaries made known various challenges facing their Ministries. These challenges which spanned from financial, infrastructural, human resource, as well as logistics, were raised.

At the end of the deliberations, Ministries performing below expectations promised to double efforts in subsequent quarters of 2018. Dr Awodun also assured the Permanent Secretaries that KW-IRS would provide full support for the MDAs to tackle their challenges and consequently improve IGR for the State as a whole.

The KW-IRS Director of Special Duties, Mr Segun Olaniyi, assured the MDAs of reliable data gathering from KW-IRS. This is the bedrock of operations in revenue collections in the State. Also, the KW-IRS Director of Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Mr ’Lekan Rotimi while giving the vote of thanks said that the MDAs must be performance-driven enterprises to achieve their set goals. He appreciated all attendees for making the gathering interactive and successful.

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.