Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS) has said, it realised a sum of N18.2 billion between January and November this year as against the N17.2 billion generated in 2016.
He however said that the present socioeconomic situations and political pressures in the state have posed challenges against attaining the set target of N30 billion annually.
Speaking at a news conference on activities of the state government agency in Ilorin on Tuesday, the executive chairman of the KWIRS, Dr. Murtala Awodun, said that record of performance for 2017 had showed that the N30billion annual target was realisable.
According to him, “our target is to hit N24 billion. However, we are hoping to hit N20 billion at the end of 2017. There’s nothing stopping the state from hitting N30 billion annually”.
The KWIRS boss linked some of the challenges facing the establishment to the recent local government elections in the state, saying that the election, which was postponed on three occasions, affected operations and fortune of the agency.
He explained that the agency had to relax its operations during the election period to discourage possible allegations of blackmail against the government establishment.
Awodun, who also said that the agency was being considerate and sensitive to current socioeconomic plight and conditions of the people in the state, added that there should be significant improvement in tax payment of the needed infrastructure is available.
He also talked about challenges of the single treasury account TSA, identification and enumeration of taxable adults and corporate entities.
The KWIRS boss said that people did not willingly pay tax in the state, adding that the agency had resorted to waiting for them to come for government services to ask for the payment of their tax.