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Gombe Revenue Board Generates N300m Monthly, Says Chairman

The Gombe State Board of Internal Revenue says it is generating

between N300m and N500m monthly as revenue for the

state.

 

Chairman of the Board, Alhaji Mohammed Damji, who disclosed this in an

interview with newsmen in Gombe on Thursday, said the figure has been

flunctuating.

 

He said the board has blocked all leakages and implemented a reform

aimed at improving the IGR of the state.

 

“Gombe is a small state when compared to others in terms of economy

but the IGR is improving gradually.

 

“On the average we are generating between N300 and N500 million every month.

 

“Even though the figure is flunctuating but is a step forward, and this

collection is in cash and it goes straight to the government account,

“he said.

 

The Chairman also described the informal sector as the most important

sector of the economy, adding that on assumption in office, he ensured

that all members of the sector were placed on the Tax Net.

 

“When we assume office virtually all members of the informal sector

were not on the Tax Net.

“But we conducted an enumeration in the sector and we were able to get

about 25, 000 tax payers into the net and that they are paying their

revenue gradually,” he said.

 

According to him, the board has deployed POS to markets, road sides to

make payment of tax easier for those in the informal sector such as

firewood and pure water sellers and wheel barrow pushers.

 

He said the board was working with the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC),

to assist in bringing all members of the informal sector into the net.

 

“We are going to start meetings with all the 70 trade associations in

the state so that we will identify those that are not paying tax.

 

“They are only expected to pay N3,600 annually which is very reasonable.

 

“Our target is to generate N500 million from the informal sector

annually, but we are now in June we were able to generate less than

N20 million,” he said.

 

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