The Executive Chairman, Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Shade Omoniyi, on Wednesday 28th July, 2021, led the team of management and staff of the Service on a working visit to the Ministry of Enterprise as part of initiatives to strengthening collaboration between the two government agencies.
Speaking on the objective of the visit, Shade Omoniyi noted that the visit was mainly to discuss ways to improving IGR of the State, through joint efforts of the two agencies, just as with all other MDAs, in the areas of tax advocacy, curbing of revenue leakages, exploring new revenue potentials and enforcing tax compliance.
Welcoming the visiting team from KW-IRS, the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Enterprise, Hajia Arinola Lawal expressed her delight at receiving the team and agreed to the need for productive synergy between KW-IRS and the Ministry of Enterprise.
The synergy meeting, deliberated on several issues bothering on improving commerce and well-being, salvaging various environmental and developmental issues in markets across the State, particularly at the Mandate Market, Ilorin.
It resolved on immediate need to sensitize marketers and people of the State on the importance of proper waste disposal and maintenance of facilities provided for public use in the State.
Both KW-IRS and Ministry of Enterprise also resolved to work with the Ministry of Environment and other relevant MDAs on matters of environment and health and seek the intervention of the State government on enforcing some decisions that would improve the living of every residents of Kwara.
The KW-IRS boss did not fail to re-state the core function of the Service, which remains ensuring revenues are generated for the developmental agenda of the State, adding that the Community Impact Programs being carried out by the Service are as budgeted for and as a tool of giving back to the society, reinforcing that all taxes collected by the Service are remitted into the coffers of the government; hence, KW-IRS do not have access to spending the funds collected.
Promising continuous collaboration and supports of the Service to MDAs, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS enjoined all stakeholders to see working together as the only way to achieving greater successes for the State.
Key officers of the Ministry of Enterprise at the meeting include the Permanent Secretary, Hajia Halimah Eletu; the Director, Finance and Supply, Hajia Habiba Saidu; Director, Cooperative, Elder Shola Ogunbiyi; Director, Trade, Mr. Taiwo Adebisi; Director, Commerce, Alhaji Sanni Ibrahim; the Deputy Director, Cooperative, Hajia Medinat Ojibare; and Director, Mining, Alhaji Sanusi Suleiman.
The meeting also had in attendance, the Ag. Director, MDAs KW-IRS, Olatunji Balogun, Heads of Informal Sector and Ministries Departments, Akeem Alabi and Maimunat Amasa respectively and other staff of KW-IRS.
Corporate Affairs Department,KW-IRS