Plateau State Government yesterday said it generated N2.06 billion as revenue in the first quarter of this year.
Acting Chairman, Plateau State Internal Revenue Service, PSIRS, Dashe Arlat, made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen in Jos the state capital.
Arlat described the revenue collected within the period as “very encouraging’’ in comparison with the N1.84 billion realised in the corresponding period last year, 2015.
“From the amount so realized this first quarter of the year, it is glaring that we improving with our revenue generation having surpassed that of last year with N219, 506, 232.86
“In fact, by what we just realized, it’s a clear indication that we shall definitely meet our target of N13 billion for this year; this because we have not yet include our arrears of tax liabilities of about N5 billion,’’ he said.
Analysing the collection for the period under review, the chairman disclosed that the amount realised were as follow: N350, 720, 319. 98, as PAYE; N982, 889, 890.67, Pay direct, and N711, 783, 427.50 (Remita).
The chairman explained “from what we have generated so far, it is a proof that we are doing better in spite of the economic down turn in the country. ’’
“We have heard from some quarters that we are on the lower side in our collections, but this fit will silence our detractors and equally encourage my staff to do more, ’’ he stated.
Arlat attributed the boost in the revenue collection to the Single Treasury Account (STA) which the state has keyed into at the beginning of the year as directed by the Federal Government.
He said that PSIRS has high expectation from the MDAs, which he said are supposed to generate more than the service considering the vast opportunities opened to them.
According to him, “we are trying to harmonized our collections and synergy including the Local Governments, whose revenue collections have not been captured in the data of the period under review. ’’
The chairman said they were looking at Non Tax Revenue especially from services being rendered by government such as water supply as well as registration of business premises, hotels, schools, land documentation and building plans to the boost the revenue.
“It is our belief that harmonization will take us somewhere if only we pursue it with vigour towards generation substantial revenue that will put the state government on an advantage stage in providing social amenities to the citizens.
“the harmonization will also help us by blocking all leakages and chanelling them into our coffer as could be seen by our IGR in the first quarter.
“Governance is all about service to the people and this APC administration is doing its best towards that; providing the citizens with the dividends of democracy, ’’ the chairman alleged.
Arlat then appealed to tax payers not to relent in meeting up with their obligations so as not to fall into the hands and wrath of the authorities, “which are out to prosecute defaulters. ’’

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