Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS), on Tuesday said it has generated the sum of N18.4b as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for the state in 11 months.
Speaking at a news briefing on the activities of the Service for the past 11 months, Dr Muritala Awodu, KWIRS Chairman said a total of N6bn was generated in the first quarter of 2017, adding that the figure dropped to N4.087bn in the second quarter.
The Chairman explained that from July to September 2017, KWIRS realized N4.77bn IGR which he said was a slight improvement over the second quarter.
According to Awodu, the sum of N1.4b was generated as IGR in the month of October while N1b was realized in November.
He said that the target of IGR for 2017 was N24b, but added that KWIRS was unable to meet the target, but expressed optimism that it will hit N20b by the end of December 2017.
“So far, we have surpassed the sum of N17.4b IGR realized in 2016, hopefully, by the end of the year, we will realize about N20b as IGR,” Awodu added.
The chairman was of the view that a number of factors were responsible for the decline in the revenue generated.
He said that social pressure on the Service was a factor that impeded the collection of revenue, adding that KWIRS received a lot of complaints from the people of the state.
Awodu also said that the economy of the state was not as buoyant as expected, adding; “we have to be considerate with the people of the state”.
He declared that KWIRS’ expectation was to hit N30b IGR annually as the State has the potentials to realize this.
The Chairman said that fee for Local Government citizen certificate still remain at N2, 500 paid online.
He however added that before the certificate can be issued, evidence of tax payment by parents of the student must be submitted.
Awodu said that where a candidate was unable to provide evidence of parents’ tax payment, he will be compelled to pay certain amount as tax for the year.