Umuahia—In December 2017, Abia State Government, ABSG, commenced the process of computerizing the internally generated revenue collection system of the state with a view to removing leakages within the old system in order to shore up the state’s internally generated revenue.
In a chat with newsmen in Umuahia, the state Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, said the Government, through the state’s Internal Revenue Service agency, wrote all the revenue collecting units of the state government, including the physical Planning and infrastructure development fund (PPIDF) board, directing that no fresh revenue collection authority be issued to any individual or organization, with respect to fiscal year 2018, pending the completion of the process supervised by the global consultants, Canadian Software Development Corporation (CSDC).
According to him, “Public announcements were also made through various media houses in the state informing members of the public not to deal with any revenue collection contractor pending further information from the government.
“The Board of PPIDF flouted the directive and on the 18th of January 2018 the Chairman of the Board, Barr Nnamdi Ahaiwe, received a formal query.”
Unfortunately, the government received reports yesterday (6/3/18) of a clash involving alleged revenue collection agents and security agents posted to the office of one Kenneth Chikezie who claimed to be a licensed PPIDF revenue collection agent. The clash led to the death of one person and injury to many others, including security agents. As a responsible government, we will let the security agencies unmask the real identities of those involved in that dastardly act while we would in the interim guard against further loss of lives.”