The Gombe State Board of Internal Revenue says it is generating
between N300m and N500m monthly as revenue for the
Chairman of the Board, Alhaji Mohammed Damji, who disclosed this in an
interview with newsmen in Gombe on Thursday, said the figure has been
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,
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.