The Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq has declared that prompt tax payment by citizens of any country is of immense importance and also pertinent to socio-economy development of the State.
Governor AbdulRahman who was represented by his deputy, Mr
Kayode Alabi, stated this at the North Central Regional Flagoff ceremony of the
New Taxpayer Idenfication Number (TIN) organised by the Joint Tax Board (JTB)in
collaboration with Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) in Ilorin,
held on the 3rd of October 2019 at the Government House Banquet
The Governor emphasized that tax payment is a compulsory act
that must be acceptedby every individual who desire change in the society.
In his words “Tax Payment is very essential to the growth
and development of every economy and it must be embraced by every human who
want to see the change they all desire”
AbdulRahman said, with the launching of the new Taxpayer Identification
Number, Registration System and Consolidated National Taxpayers Database, there
will be a more simplified tax process and coverage of taxpayers across the
North Central Region and Nigeria in general.
He commended the effort of the Executive Chairman of the
JTB and Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr Babatunde Fowler and his
associates for putting up an intiative that will further increase awareness on
tax payment and create a more unifying database for taxpayers across Nigeria.
his own opening remarks, the FIRS Boss, Mr Babatunde Fowler said, the official
launching of the New National TIN
Registration System and Consolidated Taxpayers’ Database was carried out by His
Excellency, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor
Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, on the 1st of July, 2019 in Abuja and it marked the
official Go-Live of the New TIN Registration System at the national level.
Fowler said, since the official Go-Live in Abuja,
similar exercises have been scheduled to be replicated in all the six Geopolitical
Zones in the country.
He explained that the first regional flag-off ceremony took place in the South-West geopolitical zone in Lagos State on the 18th of July, 2019 and Ilorin, the Kwara State capital was selected as host for the second in the series for the North-Central geopolitical zone.
He said, the choice of Kwara State to play host
for the North-Central Regional flag-off event was deliberate and strategic
based on recognition of the landmark role it has played in the quest towards
ensuring sustainable internally generated revenue profile for the State as well
as for the region.
In his words “Having achieved a 221% increase in
its collection, from N7.1 billion in 2015 at the time of attaining its
autonomous status, to N23 billion in 2018, Kwara State IRS has come to be a
benchmark for revenue authorities, not just within the North Central region,
but nationwide as well. It is also worthy of note that KW-IRS is also the only
State Revenue Agency in the country to have been ISO certified, with the ISO
9001 for Quality Management System and ISO/IEC 22301 for Business Continuity
The FIRS Boss further
mentioned that the new TIN Registration System introduced by the Joint Tax
Board (JTB) will help enhance efficiency, convenience and output of the entire
tax administration process especially on the part of taxpayers and tax
administrators, while guaranteeing that each taxpayer’s details are readily
available to them at their fingertips at all times and anywhere irrespective of
According to Fowler,
“The significant feature of the new system is that it possesses the capability
to integrate with all relevant agencies by leveraging on already captured data.
It has ability to deploy analytics to discover underlying correlating trends
and patterns; a better visibility of the taxpayer is assured inherently leading
to increased Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for all tiers of government and
it also reduces the burden of taxpayer information management, while at the
same time significantly reducing the cost of collection”
In his remarks, he added
that the new system will maintain identification of individual taxpayers using
the unique and universal Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), compared to what
is obtainable in the previous system; it is now possible for all taxpayer to
view , retreive or update his/her tax profile from anywhere on the go.
He said “The New TIN Registration System is geared
towards reinforcing the laudable efforts of this administration towards
building a robust tax-revenue administration system for the country and it aims
to improve the ease of tax compliance while ensuring a sustainable and
inclusive economy for all Nigerians”
Earlier, Chief (Sir) Oseni Elamah, also informed
the congregation that the new TIN registration system improves on the
efficiency and output of the tax administration process and meant to provide
enhanced convenience to the taxpayers as well as the tax administrators.
In her own separate closing remarks, the Executive
Chairman of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS), Mrs Shade Omoniyi
thanked the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq,
JTB and the entire organizing committee of the launch ceremony for putting up
an highly influencial initiative that will further improve tax administration
In her words “this initiative of the New JTB
National TIN registration system is the heartbeat of proper taxpayer
identification and payment collection. It has utilized modern technologies to
bring together existing data from several sources in an ingenious way to make
the enrollment and administration process seamless and effective. JTB has also
set a new standard in data sharing across agencies in Nigeria.
She assured that the KW-IRS has already integrated
the new TIN system into its operation and will further ensure that all
taxpayers in the State comply to its use as a compulsory requirement.
She promised to improve revenue mobilization for the State using her wealth of experience.