From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Executive Chairman of Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KDIRS) Dr Zaid Abubakar has said the state generated over N44 billion as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in 2019, surpassing the N43 billion target set for the year.
He stated this in Kaduna yesterday during a press conference , to present the scorecard of the Agency in 2019.
Abubakar pointed out that this was the first time the state not only meet its annual revenue target, but surpassed it, describing the feat as “a new benchmark” for revenue collection in the state.
He attributed the achievement to the overwhelming support from Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i, his political will and the free-hand accorded to the agency to do its job without interference.
He also said that the outstanding IGR performance was recorded following the rejig of the revenue administration systems since he assumed office as the Chief Executive of the agency five months ago.
According to him, the agency was reorganised to endanger professionalism and adoption of innovations around Information and Communication technology to ease revenue administration and collection.
“So far, as at December 30, we have collected a total of N44,0179,536,34.72 and will collect more between now and December 31.
“This feat was made possible because we have been able to rejig the revenue administration system in the last five months and worked tirelessly to ensure that the revenue target is achieved and accounted for.
“The trust of our revenue drive is centred around voluntary compliance, enforcement and collection of revenue arrears.
“We have also been able to do a lot around staff welfare, the major assets of any revenue collection agency. If the staff are well motivated, you should be rest assured of meeting the revenue target.
“We have equally absorbed over 100 casual staff into the agency and addressed issues around promotion and proper placement of officers in the agency.”
The chairman added that the agency had also deployed adequate Point of Sales (POS) to ease revenue collection in local government areas.