IGR: El-Rufai moves to stop leakages, appoints new board
By PHILIBUS DAUDA, Kaduna
In his efforts to boost the internally generated revenue (IGR) in Kaduna State, Governor Nasir el-Rufai has appointed a new interim management for the state’s revenue board.
The change was made known in a statement signed by Kaduna State Commissioner of Finance, Suleiman Abdu Kwari.
According to the statement, the new board chaired by Moukhtar Ahmed, who was until his appointment, Special Adviser on Investment Promotion to the Governor, has been charged to urgently plug all leakages in revenue generation in the state, enforce centralized collections of all government revenue by the BIR, ensure that all MDAs that operated under Generate, Remit and Spend remit all revenues to the BIR, make such administrative and institutional changes as to prepare the board for transition to KAD-IRS once the law is passed and assess the IT infrastructure and initiate changes as may be required.
Also appointed is Mr. Chris Umar who has been named as acting Company Secretary/Legal Adviser to the agency. Umar is Special Adviser, Legal Matters to the governor. The appointments take effect today, 15 January 2016.
Kwari said that the Kaduna State Executive Council has declared a state of emergency on revenue generation in the State. “Among others, this has necessitated urgent actions structured to improve the IGR of the state in the short, medium and long term. This will entail a significant reform of the legislation and practices governing the generation and collection of revenue in Kaduna State.
“A major plank of this reform is the new tax legislation being considered by the Kaduna State House of Assembly. The proposed tax law codifies and consolidates all taxes, levies and revenues collectible in Kaduna State in one law and one document. The law will vest the collection of these revenues in only one agency, a revamped Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service. This will give investors more certainty, ease the cost of doing business and remove the problem of multiple taxation and harassment by multiple agencies.”
The new interim management has the mandate to prepare the revenue agency for its expanded mandate under the new legislation. Strong leadership is required for the enhanced role the agency will play as the sole collector of all government revenues. Kwari, who chairs the interim supervisory board of the revenue agency, listed some of the terms of reference given to the new management.