Enugu—In a bid to fully actualize the ongoing reform programmes in the Enugu State Internal Revenue Service, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has disbanded manual collection of government revenues in the state in order to align with the current realities in the sector.
Speaking during the commissioning of the Revenue Centre of the board, in Enugu, which also witnessed the launch of the Government Revenue Automation Project as well as release of operational vehicles, Ugwuanyi declared that “the era of manual collection of government revenues is over.”
The governor consequently directed the state’s Internal Revenue Service to ensure that it eliminates manual processes in its operations, stressing that the new order is the automation of all activities in the collection of government revenue, such as enumeration, assessment, collections and issuance of tax clearance certificates, levies, fees and other non-tax revenues by various ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of government.
He disclosed the objective of the project “is to once and for all, plug all loopholes through which government funds seep out to private pockets, eliminate corruption and ensure that all revenues are properly accounted for in a transparent manner.”
Governor Ugwuanyi noted that his administration at inception presented a 4-point agenda for the actualization of the socio-economic vision of the state, adding that the state government has “faithfully” implemented the agenda, “resulting in the rapid and sustainable improvements in the living standards of the good people of Enugu State.”
The governor disclosed that the consequential effect of paucity of funds to execute government ambitious development agenda because of the dwindling resources of the state’s federal allocation caused by drop in global oil prices, led his administration to embark on “a plethora of policies and measures designed to aggressively exploit all the potential sources of Internally Generated Revenues in the state”. The governor expressed delight at the significant increase in the state’s IGR, which he said rose from N14 billion in 2016 to 18 billion in the first ten months of the year.