Niger governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello said his administration is poised to raising the bar of the state’s Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, and make the state independent of the monthly Federation Allocation ticket.
The governor stated this when he received the report of the Committee on Repositioning the state Internally Generated Revenue in his office in Minna the state capital.
He said plans are on to use all necessary instruments to drag into the tax net some untapped revenue sources in order to improve the revenue base of the state.
He however assured the people that the new measures are not designed to over tax those already in the tax net.
“Let me assure our people that this new modalities is not aimed at over taxing those already on our tax nets, rather we are looking at new and untapped sources of revenue and this is a task that we pray and are working towards achieving”.
“Our attention now is to make our IGR our main source of revenue generation. The Federation allocation should augment. We need to take the issue of tax seriously; there are a lot of fuel stations within the state that nobody cares about collecting ground rent from them.
“No record or data of the number of these stations, people are not working the way they are supposed to. We need to change our attitude.
“There are many other untapped sources of revenue that we can generate revenue from, that is why we have depended on the Federal allocation in the past and we must change from this reliance on Abuja,” he said.
To this end, Gov. Sani Bello directed the state Board of Internal Revenue to get the records and data of all existing fuel stations in the state with a view to start paying ground rent.
He then assured tax payers in the state of transparency and judicious spending of revenue generated.
“I wish to allay fear and the stereotype belief surrounding IGR. Under my watch, I will ensure transparency and judicious spending of every Kobo generated. We shall ensure that our people see the value for the tax paid.
Earlier, The Chairman of the Committee, Prof Mohammad Maiturai, said that after series of research and visitations to other states like Lagos, Kaduna, Edo and Kano, he stated that Niger can improve on its IGR by engaging stakeholders to embark on advocacy, education, campaign and enlightenment on payment of tax.
He added that the governor would also partake in the campaign to sensitise the people on the importance of paying tax.

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