From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina
Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shehu of Katsina State, has disclosed that his government had released the sum of N112 million as part of its commitment to the Taxpayer Identification Number, (TIN) Project. Shema made the disclosure, yesterday while speaking at the opening ceremony of the sensitization workshop on Taxpayer Identification Number, (TIN) in Katsina.
He noted that Katsina State Government has left no stone unturned in its efforts to improve internally generated revenue, adding that, that was why the government has been supportive of the state revenue board. Shema stated that the government has revamped the revenue board with improved capacity training and provision of requisite computerization infrastructure, introduction of the Pay Direct platform. The governor disclosed that due to all these measures, the revenue generation in the state has significantly improved from N140million to almost one billion naira monthly.
He similarly noted that the state government was partnering with donor agencies who are providing technical support and assistance to improve on its Land Registration and titling towards improved revenue generation under the Systematic Land Titling Registration.
In a Keynote address, the Acting Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Alhaji Kabir Mashi acknowledged the effort of Katsina state government in granting autonomy to its revenue board. Mashi who was represented by the secretary of the Joint Tax Board, Alhaji Muhammad Lawal Abubakar said the granting of autonomy to revenue board would go a long way in improving revenue generation in the state.
In his remarks, the Chairman of Katsina State Revenue Board, Alhaji Aminu Danrabbati called on the board’s taxpayers from within and outside the state to pay their taxes promptly and to register to obtain the TIN card.