GOV GODWIN OBASEKI of Edo on Monday swore in the new chairman and members of the board of the Edo Internal Revenue Service EIRS. Obaseki advised them to be professional and meet up with budgeted revenue targets. He said that one of the challenges of previous boards was inability to meet budgeted revenue targets, noting that it would not be accepted anymore. He commended the former Chairman, Chief Osani Elamah and other members of the board for the level of patriotism and professionalism displayed during their tenure. The governor, therefore, called on the new board members to build on the already established benchmark of their predecessors. “You are the calibre of people we can vouch for in terms of integrity and professionalism. “We want you to help deepen the tax collection and administration system in the state via high standards but be humane to people in the state,” he said. He also urged them to adopt the right technology and be prudent in spending to ensure
large as Lagos State have failed to use data effectively’’. Olubusoye, the Second Vice President of Nigerian Statistical Association (NSA), said that the association would hold its 2017 Annual Conference in Lagos in September. The official said that NSA decided to choose Lagos State for the conference because it wanted to identify with the state during its golden jubilee celebration coming this year. Olubusoye said that the association would highlight the achievements of the state for using data effectively at the jubilee. According to him, the conference will have an international outlook. He said that there would be statisticians coming from outside the country to share their experiences with the association and participants at
effective performance of the board.
the conference. Olubusoye said that the association was also organising series of workshops for data users on best way of interpreting and reporting statistical information. “We are organising training from very elementary concept to very highly advanced ones, especially for researchers. “We will also be focusing on the best practice in the way data are gathered, managed, analysed and in the way data are reported, even interpreted. “These are some of the issues we want to address in the country through our workshops in 2017.’’ The official, however, said that NSA, in collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics NBS, had recently inaugurated the Young Statisticians of Nigeria (YSNiaja) wing of the association.
‘The Chairman, Mr Igbinudu Ineh, expressed gratiyude to the governor for the opportunity given to him and other members of the board to oversee revenue collection in the state. Ineh also praised the former chairman and members for re- positioning the revenue service. He promised that the new board would live up to expectations, be accountable and sustain tax payers’ confidence. Other members of the board are Mr Charity Aimamyaevbo, Mr. Emmanuel Okodugha,  Mr Micheal Ohio-Ezomo and Mr Efe Iserhienrhien, as Secretary


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