From Yakubu Mustapha Minna
Niger State Government has set a target of N7.5 billion monthly Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) from harmonized collections as from January 1st, 2024.
Governor Mohammed Umar Bago of Niger state disclosed this while declaring open a 2-Day Retreat on Revenue Harmonization in Niger State organized by the State Internal Revenue Service held at the Royal Institute for Training and Human Capital Development, Zuma Rock Resorts, Suleja.
The Governor who was represented by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Abubakar Usman further revealed that the State Revenue Service’s expectations beginning from September this year is pegged at a monthly return of 4.5 billion naira from the harmonized collections.
He charged participants to explore all necessary avenues of boosting Government revenue streams starting with the harmonization of collection by the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and the 25 Local Government Councils as provided by the State Tax Administration and Consolidation Law 2022.
Governor Bago divulged that by this arrangement, the full implementation of the Law empowering the Niger State Internal Revenue Service as the sole collector and clearinghouse of all Taxes, Levies, Fees and Charges due to MDAs and LGAs becomes effective.
Bago urged resource persons to ensure they do justice to all issues that will be discussed, adding that every stakeholder needs to understand their responsibility to avoid overlap and undue rivalry.
The Chairman, Niger State Internal Revenue Service, Mohammed Madami Etsu said experts on revenue generation and administration were invited to make presentations and contribute in articulating the way forward in revenue generation for the State at the retreat.