By Demola Akinyemi
ILORIN—The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, KWIRS generated N19.94 billion for the state in 2017, executive chairman of the agency, Dr. Muritala Awodun, said yesterday.
This represents an increase of over N2 billion against N17.4 billion raked in as IGR in 2016.
Awodun, who disclosed this while addressing a media parley organised at the instance of the state Ministry of Information and Communications in Ilorin, attributed the increase to the commitment and tenacity of purpose of the revenue organisation.
Awodun said the state revenue was N7.2 billion prior to the creation of the service in 2015 but the agency vigorously pursued the mandate given to it in order to raise the huge sum.
He explained that the KWIRS adopted multiple systematic approaches including press and praise with a view to making people willingly submit due taxes to the coffers of the state.
He noted that the service experienced lot of challenges in collecting revenue payable by some individuals as a result of inadequate advocacy.
The KWIRS boss, who likened the problems faced by the agency to a baby learning how to walk, expressed optimism that it would surmount them.
He clarified that the service has not introduced new taxes as being made to believe, saying that it was only widening the tax net and harnessed areas that were not initially captured.
Awodun assured that the agency would intensify advocacy through a collaboration with the media for members of the public to be abreast of the operations of the revenue service.