Delta State Judiciary has affirmed its resolve to partner the State Board of Internal Revenue,DBIR, in its poise to shore up the State’s revenue profile aimed at cushioning the current national economic meltdown.
The State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro stated this yesterday in Asaba, the state capital while playing host to members of the Delta State Board of Internal Revenue who paid him a courtesy visit.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the partnership will entrench an era of speedy trial of tax defaulters in courts in the state as well as send strong legal signal to other tax defaulters that, henceforth, there will be no hiding place for them.
To ensure this, the State Chief Judge has canvassed the need for adequate sensitization on revenue for court judges and senior Magistrates in the state on the provision of the law in that direction just as he tasked the Board ,DBIR, to be fair, objective and credible in the assessments of taxable items as that, according to him, has been the complaints of some tax payers in the state.
Earlier, the Executive Chairman, Delta State Board of Internal Revenue, DBIR, Hon. Joel-Onowakpo Thomas who led the team, told the State Chief Judge that they were in his office to seek his cooperation (The Judiciary) in their drive for improved revenue generation in the state through enhance enforcement of justice on tax defaulters.
The DBIR Boss while saying that the issue of tax evasion has been a major challenge in the revenue drive of the state government as according to him companies domiciled in the state currently owe the state government billions of naira, stressed that the current move by the board is aimed at tightening the loose ends through speedy trial of tax defaulters in the court.
He further explained that the current revenue drive will further boost the realization of the 5-Point SMART agenda of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration in the state.

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