Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed, said appropriate taxation culture is necessary for economic growth, especially in the face of dwindling earnings from crude oil.
Governor Ahmed said this when the National President, Chartered Institute of Nigeria, CIT, Dr Olateju Somorin, paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House in Ilorin.
The governor said the dwindling monthly fiscal allocation is taking a toll on the economic fortunes of states and the country at large, adding that states must exploit new forms and areas of taxation in order to stay afloat.
Ahmed expressed concern that taxation has not been given the right place in Nigeria, especially in helping to ensure growth of the local economy
“It is imperative that we do not leave things out by ensuring that taxation is given a rightful place and taken to all levels across the nooks and crannies of the country so that people can truly see that core responsibility goes hand in hand with economic, social and political development.
“No meaningful development can take place without exploring and exploiting new aspects of taxation because we are at a crossroad at the moment with our over reliance on oil as our economic mainstay,” he said.
Ahmed explained that his administration was embracing new approaches to taxation through the deployment of new technologies by well trained professionals in order to drive enhanced Internally Generated Revenue for economic growth.
The governor assured the people that new taxation approaches would not translate into additional tax burden on the people, adding that operations of the newly established Kwara State Internal Revenue Service would be benchmarked against best practices.
“This new phase is premised on the tripod system of changing people, process and technology taking into cognizance the need to get desired results. We are not unaware of the need to ensure that professionals drive the activity of taxation in the right capacity. We will ensure that standards are maintained so that we are able to get the right level of inflow for development agenda.”
Earlier, Somoru commended the state government for establishing the new Kwara State Internal Revenue Service to enhance tax collection and other developmental agenda, particularly the environmental sanitation programme, as well as peace agenda.
The president solicited the assistance of the state government in ensuring that staff of the State Internal Revenue Service attend the association’s tax conference in May next year in Abuja.

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