By Demola Akinyemi
Ilorin—Executive chairman of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, KWIRS, Professor Muritala Awodun, has said he will return to academics in September when his tenure expires.
He spoke at the quarterly media interactive session, saying “My tenure expires this September and I’m quitting the office.For purpose of clarification, even if the incoming administration offers to renew the appointment, I won’t take it .I’m going back to the classroom.”
Professor Awodun, said \ the agency generated N2.16 billion in January, N1.76 billion in February and N2.38 billion in March 2019.
The KWIRS boss, who said the revenue agency was yet to achieve its target of generating an annual N60 billion revenue of N5 billion monthly, however, said “the service has been developed to a point that it would not make less than an average of N2 billion every month.”
Awodun said the agency, which started with N17.2 billion annual revenue generation in 2016, and N19.6 billion in 2017 generated N23.1 billion last year.
He said that inauguration of the agency in 2016 had prevented abandoned projects in the state with monthly contribution of N500million into the state infrastructure fund (IF-K) for completion and initiation of new infrastructural projects.
Professor Awodun, who said the state government had augmented monthly federal allocation with proceeds of the revenue agency to pay workers salary, added that the measure was made possible through ingenious financial engineering of the agency.
On delay in completion of ongoing under-pass project in the Ilorin metropolis, Professor Awodun explained that delay was brought about by complications that were not initially factored in the project, including 2019 electioneering activities