As part of efforts to ensure optimum revenue generation for Kwara State and enhance collaboration among all tiers of government, the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) held a one-day seminar for Revenue Officers and Treasurers of the 16 Local Government Councils of the State on Thursday, 1st June 2023 at the Corporate Head Office of the Service in Ilorin.
The session aimed at subjecting revenue activities across the State to frequent review through discussion of areas of divergence and
convergence in revenue mobilization between the State and Local Government council also identified approach to foster collaboration that benefits the State.
In her opening remarks, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Shade Omoniyi, emphasized the importance of synergy between the State and Local Government, stating that the seminar
would not only facilitate a better understanding between both tiers of Government and prevent conflicting objectives, but would also explore revenue collection opportunities as provided by law for each level of Government, determining where concessions may be necessary to promote the growth of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for the State.
Omoniyi reiterated revenue mobilization for the development of the State as the core mandate of KW-IRS, clarifying that KW-IRS does not have access to revenue collected.
She assured that periodic engagements with Revenue Officers from the Local Governments would continue to promote growth in revenue activities of the State.
The seminar had various paper presentations on Taxes and Levies (Approved List for Collection) for all tiers of Government, experiences, challenges on the field, and the way forward to avoid conflicts between the State and Local Government.
In his presentation, the Director, Legal, and Compliance, KW-IRS, Shehu Abdullahi, reminded participants that every aspect of taxation and revenue are governed by law, which must be strictly adhered to, urging the Local Government to focus on revenue collection within their designated boundaries.
He also made it known that the Joint Revenue Committee (JRC) has agreed to the
prosecution of any Local Government Revenue Officer found violating the law.
Head, Finance, KW-IRS, Yinka Usman, took the participants through the 2022 revenue reports, highlighting revenue potentials in the State and ways to achieving more revenue.
Making her presentation, Head, Informal Sector, KW-IRS, Maimunat Amasa, discussed the collectibles of the State and explained the role of the JRC which includes implementing decisions of the Joint Tax Board (JTB) and conducting monthly meetings to reconcile revenue generated across Local Government.
During their separate presentations, the KW-IRS Zonal Coordinator, Kwara North, Ndana Ndakpoto, and the Acting Head, Corporate Department, Kuburat Yunus highlighted stages involved in revenue collection and challenges hampering effective revenue collection such as ignorance of the law, lack of adequate synergy, non-adoption and acceptance of technology, and misconceptions
about the State Internal Revenue Service activities, among others, encouraging commitment and support of all towards the achievement of the developmental agenda of the Government.
The session fielded questions and feedback from participants from the 16 Local Government Areas of the State.
Representatives from the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, as well as Management and staff of KW-IRS attended the session.
Corporate Affairs Department, KW-IRS