Kwara State revenue agency generates over N3bn

Tunde Akanbi, Illorin

The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service says it generated N3.3bn in the first quarter of this year.

According to the service, nine hundred and fifty-one million naira was generated in the month of January, N1.4bn in the month of February and N1.2bn in the month of March.

The Executive Chairman of the Service, Dr Muritala Awodun stated this on Monday while briefing newsmen , as part of the activities lined up to celebrate its media week.

He said the organization was expected to generate N6.6bn in this quarter.

Dr Awodun, stated that “the service had engaged over one thousand people including five hundred and twenty- eight direct staff.”

He said “a labour intensive technology driven approach was adopted by engaging younger people across the state.”

He said consultants were also engaged to enable the Service meet the set target.

Meanwhile, on local government revenue, Dr Awodun said “sixteen local governments in the state generated seventy-five million naira as revenue for the whole of last year, but in March alone, the KWIRS was able to generate twenty-nine million naira working with four items out of the twenty-one revenue generating items available”.

On blocking leakages, the Executive Chairman said that as from the first of next month, citizenship application and payment would be done online.

He said charges at the judiciary would be reviewed to reflect the current realities.

On properties enumeration, he said the state was divided into three regions to facilitate the process and called on residents to cooperate with the Service in achieving its set objective.