CHAIRMAN of Benue State Internal Revenue Services, Mrs. Mimi Adzape Orubibi has revealed that the state generated over N8.4 billion in 2016 fiscal year. Orubibi, who spoke in Makurdi yesterday during a ministerial briefing organised by the Nigeria Union Journalists in conjunction with the Ministry of Information, said the figure was a great improvement from 2015 when the board realised N7.6 billion. She gave a breakdown as PAYE, N4billion; direct assessment, N4.6 million; road taxes, N236 million; and N24 million from other taxes while the ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs, and returns from consultant account were N3.5 billion and N223 million respectively. According to Orubini: “We would have met our target of N10 billion only if arrears of N2.4 billion were remitted by SUBEB and Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs. The revenue boss also disclosed that the state IGR substantially increased from N884 million in January to over N1 billion in February, adding that 25 percent of all IGR realised is paid to MDAs that render essential services. On his part, the Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning, Mr. David Olofu said
the state governor had expended N572,573,682.71 on travels. He further stated that the state tenders board raised over N250 million while N259 million was realised from contract registration, processing fees and renewal. Olofu said the state work force stands at 17,090 after the biometric conducted by the state government, assuring that ghost workers would soon be completely eliminated from the state.

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