For ease of tax collections and
familiarization with people at the Grassroots, the Executive Chairman Kwara
State Internal Revenue Service, Shade Omoniyi led a team of Management Staff to
Baruten Environs for a two-day courtesy visit on the 10th to 11th March 2020.
The courtesy visit started at the
palace of the Emir of Ilesha Baruba where the Head, Research Department, Mr.
Mohammed Audu introduced the KW-IRS Team led by the Executive Chairman, Shade
Omoniyi to the Emir.
The Executive Chairman, Shade Omoniyi
in her opening statement expressed her delight in the way the Emir warmly
received the team. She went further by apologizing to the Emir for not visiting
since her assumption of office in October 2019.
Shade Omoniyi however, stated the
purpose of the visit amongst which were; to seek for support and guidance of
the Royal Father, to intimate the Emir and the people of Ilesha Baruba on the
decision of the Federal Government to ensure maximum compliance on the payment
of Road Taxes.
She pleaded with the Emir to educate
the people of Ilesha Baruba to renew their vehicle and driver’s licenses and
try to change their old number plates to new ones and also appealed that the
people should adhere strictly to this rule to avoid being enforced.
She also elucidated further by
mentioning that the Service had since January created Area Offices across the
16 Local Government Areas of the State for ease of Tax Collection and
sensitization across the State.
Subsequently, she introduced the Area
Coordinator of Baruten Area Office (Abdulazeez Biriso) to the Emir and
solicited the support of the Emir in ensuring the Area Coordinator fully
actualizes his target which will, in turn, bring about specific developmental
changes in the Community.
Shade Omoniyi, stated to the Emir that the Service is trying to partner with Immigration Service to know who moves in and out of the border through the Baruten Axis to have a track record of taxable business activities.
Speaking on, she spoke to the Artisans
present at the palace to move closer to the Revenue Officers in their locality
to have a smooth and clear understanding of Revenue payments.
The Emir, His Royal Highness, Prof.
Halidu Abubakar, was very pleased with the Executive Chairman and her team for
visiting his palace. He congratulated the Executive Chairman for a
well-deserved appointment and wished her success in her assignment.
Prof. Halidu Abubakar expressed his
contentment with the Administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on the
way by which taxation is being maximized.
In a lighter mood, he said being a
Professor of Public Finance, he would have loved to take off his turban and
start working as a tax professional like the Executive Chairman and her Team.
The Emir said Kwara seems to be the
first state in the Northern Region to start a full-fleshed Internal Revenue
Service which is quite commendable.
He emphasized that he is not going to
talk as a Traditional Ruler but rather as an observer stating that Traditional
rulers play a vital role in the collection of Taxes because if there is no
support from them, the collection might be difficult.
His Royal Highness also stated that he
is indeed elated that the Service has recognized advocacy as the major tool for
ease of revenue collections.
He mentioned that the Collection of
Personal Income Tax alongside under taxes is given utmost attention by seeking
more support from the Traditional Leaders who must sincerely buy into the
In his closing remarks, he specified
that there is no way we can have a responsible government without taxation
because the economy is based on people’s effort and not the oil boom. However,
he wished the Governor a productive tenure that will bring great change to the
The next stop was the Palace of the
Emir of Gwanara, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Sabi Idris (OFR) who was very glad
to have the Executive Chairman and her team visit his palace.
Shade Omoniyi expressed her sincere
apologies for not visiting the Emir earlier as she had some high demands on her
new assignment as she assumed office. She, therefore, sought the support of the
Emir and the good people of Gwanara.
The Executive Chairman also reiterated
the importance of moving closer to the people and ensuring that all forms of
revenue are collected as and when due. The Area Coordinator of Baruten Area
Office, Abdulazeez Biriso was also introduced to the Emir alongside his cabinet
In her statement, she affirmed the
support of the Government to the people of Kwara North and also mentioned that
the Service in its little way will continue to support the people of Gwanara
according to the capacity of the Service.
The spokesperson to the Emir (the
Secretary of the Emirate Council), expressed their gratitude on behalf of the
Emir, to the KW-IRS Team for the visit.
He assured that the people of Gwanara
will continue by all means possible to support the Government led by
AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in ensuring that all forms of revenue from their end
comes into the government coffers to ensure the desired growth and development.
The Emir affirmed that the Country
lacks organization in general but KW-IRS structure remains one of the best in
terms of quality of Service delivery, consistency, conducive working
environment and top professionals which is unarguably a standard that other
states must follow.
He thanked the Executive Chairman and
her team for the kind gesture and wished them a high level of productivity in
their revenue drive.
Shortly after, the visit for day one
ended at the palace of the Emir of Okuta, His Royal Highness, Hon. (Dr.) Alhaji
Idris Sero Abubakar, where the Executive Chairman started by apologizing for
not coming since her assuming office in October 2019.
Shade Omoniyi, solicited for the
Emir’s support to deliver the message of Taxation to the community and to
admonish the people on the importance of prompt payment of taxes.
The Executive Chairman Introduced the
Area Coordinator to the Emir and told the Emir that the payment of Road Taxes
as become necessary and of high importance in the state.
She, therefore, pleaded with the Emir
to sensitize his people to renew their vehicle license and all other documents
required to ply the road.
She further reiterated that for
applicants whose parents are salary earners are to pay 2500 while those whose
parents are self-employed are to pay an additional sum of 1500 being the cost
of PIT which will now total 4000. Any other additional cost is not for the
The Emir was so appreciative of the
visit and expressed his gratitude. He mentioned that since the inception of
KW-IRS, the sensitization process was to send the field officers to come to the
palace and none of the Top officials of the Service deemed it fit to visit.
He, therefore, commended the Executive
Chairman, Shade Omoniyi and her team for such a brilliant initiative. He
assured her of his full support and commitment to the mobilization of Revenue
in the State.
On arrival to the Palace of the Emir
of Yashikira, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Usman Sariki, on the 11th March 2020,
the opening prayer was said by the Imam of Yashkira after which the
introduction of the guest was done by Mr. Mohammed Audu the Head of Research
Department at KW-IRS.
Mohammed Audu shared an insight into
the purpose of the visit which is primarily to seek the Emirate’s support for
the advancement of the State’s economy.
The Emir who was unavoidably absent
was represented by the Queen mother, Hajia Salimata “The Yon Kogi of
Yashkira. Ayuba Idris the Aboki Sarki introduced the representatives of the
Emir at the palace.
Shade Omoniyi appreciated the cabinet
and told them the major reason for the courtesy visit which was to solicit for
support, she requested that the Queen Mother should help talk to the people at
the grassroots the importance of paying taxes.
She introduced Abdulazeez Biriso as
the Area Coordinator of the Baruten Area Office and told them to relate any
tax-related issues with him.
Shade Omoniyi expressed her happiness
seeing so many women at the palace, pointing out the fact that the Governor has
put more women in his cabinet. She also mentioned that whenever we get women
involved with things it gets done.
The Queen Mother appreciated the
Chairman and her team for their visit, she prayed that Allah will take them
safely back to their base. She assured the Executive Chairman that they are
going to give 100 percent support to do whatever KW-IRS wants.
She also said that she wants the Government to
help the women. She mentioned that the Women should be empowered in their
Community and she wished the Executive Chairman success in her assignment.