Delta gov, Oborevwori tells board to expand tax net

Delta State governor, Mr. Sheriff Oborevwori has tasked the state Board of Internal Revenue Service, DBIRS,  to expand the its tax net to cover more businesses in the informal sector.
Oborevwori on .Friday, gave the charge while  inaugurating Chairman and Executive Directors of DBIRS in Asaba.
According to him, the last board made N58.56 billion, from January to June, out of the estimated N95 billion IGR for the 2023 fiscal year.
He said: “With the current trend, I expect you to exceed the target for the year.
“That is one way to justify the confidence that has been reposed in you with this appointment,” he added.
He said  the board has Mr. Solomon Ighrakpata as Chairman, with Dr
Frank Nwugo as  Executive Director, Operations.
According to him,  Mr. Kelly Oghenekevwe would serve as Executive Director, Finance and Administration; Mr. Collins Iwebunor, as Executive Director, ICT and Mrs Orezi Esievo as Director, Legal Services.
He  congratulated the members of the new board and expressed optimism that they would perform creditably with the rich blend of experts, technocrats and seasoned administrators.
The governor also commended the previous board, headed by the current Deputy Governor, Sir Monday Onyeme, for their impact in revenue generation.
He tasked the new board to surpass the achievements of the previous board in line with his administration’s M.O.R.E. Agenda.
He said that the board did not necessarily need to introduce new taxes to improve its internal revenue generating capacity but to expand its net to cover more businesses.
“Often, when new taxes are introduced, it is imposed on the same people and businesses already captured in the tax net, which often leads to over taxation and the attendant frustration, anger, and resentment.
“What is required is to expand the tax net in such a manner that the informal sector would be adequately covered.
“It is therefore, incumbent on the board to devise creative ways to drag as many people as possible from the informal sector into the tax net.
“To do this successfully, it is exigent for the board to embark on elaborate and sustained enlightenment and awareness campaigns,” he added.
The governor said that people needed to know and understand the importance of paying tax.
“Paying taxes is not just a civic responsibility, it is constitutionally binding on every Nigerian as enshrined in Section 24 (f) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as altered).”
He urged the board to enlist the support and cooperation of various trade associations, professional bodies, business groups, cooperatives, and the traditional institutions in reaching out to the informal sector.
“Our people are generally understanding and cooperative; I believe once they are made to see reason, they would gladly and willingly comply with their obligations to the government.
“Proper monitoring and evaluation are also critical for the board to achieve its goals by ensuring that revenue collection officers and agents are strictly monitored to plug leakages and curb misappropriation,” he added..
He said that his administration remained  committed to the timeless principles of transparency, accountability, and judicious allocation of resources.
“I wish to reassure the people of Delta that this administration will account for every kobo that accrues to it by ensuring that they are well spent on meaningful development projects that will positively impact on the living conditions of our people,” Oborevwori said.
Responding, the board chairman, Ighrakpata, thanked Oborevwori for finding them worthy to serve, assuring him that they would work assiduously to deliver on set targets.

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