By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI – In a renewed bid to sustain its services delivery and obligations to the citizens in the face of prevailing economic circumstances, Imo state government says it would intensify its efforts in to improve its internally generated revenue (IGR).
The Special Adviser to Imo State Governor on Revenue Generation, Mobilization and Account Monitoring, Deacon Kieran Onwuzuruike, disclosed this when he addressed government consultants, revenue agents and contractors in Owerri.
â€œThis meeting is called to intimate the stakeholders on what should be done to avoid government going bankrupt in these harsh economic timesâ€, he said.
He disclosed that government had received a lot of complaints from the citizens against revenue contractors, adding that these complaints sadly impugn on the corporate reputation of government.
Speaking also, the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. George Irechukwu, urged the citizens to pay their taxes promptly, adding that government would no longer take it kindly with tax dodgers in the state.
â€œGovernment expects all to exercise their civic responsibilities. To encourage people to pay their tax, government has introduced a flat tax of N2,000 per person.
All governmentâ€™s revenue must now be paid into designated bank accountsâ€, the Commissioner said.