GOVERNOR of Kaduna State, Mukhtar Yero, has disclosed the state’s target of about N2 billion monthly as internally generated revenue (IGR) from this year.
Yero disclosed this in Kaduna at the opening session of the Joint Tax Board (JTB) State Sensitisation Workshop on the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN).
He said that the improvement in IGR collection would enable the state government to provide social amenities and basic infrastructure to the people.
“There are so many challenges for the state in trying to improve its internally generated revenue.
“We were generating an average of N240 million to N270 million. When I became the commissioner for finance, we made concerted efforts to improve the revenue by even giving incentives to move up to N789 million to N800 million.
“But things have changed, we thought it should be up to N2 billion now since I am part of it; I know how it is, so I am not going to tolerate the decline.
“It is our hope that tax evasion would reduce through TIN and it would enable taxpayers to pay their taxes promptly.
“Multiple taxation has been hindering flow of investment in the states, I believe this new initiative would address it.
“Tax is obligatory for all taxable people because government needs additional revenue for basic social amenities, we want to improve our revenue with regularly paid taxes,
“Citizens can only hold government responsible when they pay their taxes regularly,’’ said the governor.
According to him, strategies were being put in place to block tax revenue leakages as well as improve tax collection for the development of the state.
Besides, Yero said that the government was also making efforts to address tax evasion and multiple taxation to achieve the objective.
The governor said that the state had approved the payment of its counterpart contribution to the Joint Tax Board (JTB).
He urged the JTB to involve the states in whatever they were doing, to ensure effective participation.
The Executive Secretary of the JTB, Malam Mohammed Abubakar, said only 23 states had remitted their counterpart contribution.
Abubakar said that the TIN project was expected to be funded jointly by the federal and state governments.
“The Joint Tax Board is embarking on a nationwide sensitisation and awareness workshop on Taxpayer Identification Number Project.
“This project has as its main objective, registration of taxpayers in all categories in the country by electronic means, providing a common taxpayer registration platform across the country and providing a comprehensive taxpayer data base.
“Implementation of this registration platform, which involves capturing of bio-data information of taxpayers through 10 fingers bio-metric, would not only be used for tax purposes but also for planning by respective governments and enhancing tax modernisation process.
“Details of the aims and objectives of the project as well as the registration process will be our focus of discussion at this workshop,” he said.
The scribe, therefore, stressed the need for participation in the TIN project, as it would provide a platform for taxpayer database, as well as aid in development planning.
Meanwhile, The Kaduna State House of Assembly has adopted the report of its Appropriation Committee on the N1.4 billion supplementary funds requested by the state government.
The House had on Thursday May 16, referred the executive bill on the matter to the committee for examination and recommendation.
Presenting the report, Chairman of the committee, Mr Yohanna Jatau, said that the assembly should approve the request as the funds was meant to procure fertilisers for farmers in the 23 local government areas of the state.
He explained N2.5 billion was required by the local governments to procure fertiliser this season but said only N1 billion was credited to the councils.
According to the committee, the supplementary funds are meant to enable the local governments to raise the required N2.5 billion for fertiliser this season.
He reminded the House that a total it approved N2.9 billion in the 2013 Appropriation Act for the local councils to procure farming inputs.
Reacting, the Deputy Majority Leader, Alhaji Balarabe Jigo, commended the committee and called on the House to adopt the report.