PLSG amass in N2.5bn as Internally Generated Revenue

The Plateau State Government has disclosed that N2.5 billion has been collected as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the first quarter of 2017.
Chairman, Plateau State Internal Revenue Service (PSIRS), Mr. Dashe Arlat made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen last Thursday in Jos.
The chairman disclosed that the bulk of the revenue came from PAYE with the remaining from the MDAs and the PSIRS during the period under review.
Arlat, who described the collection as “very huge’’ and “encouraging’’ attributed it to the staffers’ hard work and the reforms the PSIRS been able to undertake in recent times.
“Even though we are not there yet, we have introduced various strategies including ‘Smart Collection, ’ a technology that fast track issuances of Tax Identification Numbers (TIN) to tax payers and quick mode of payment.
“We also employed about 500 Ad-hoc staff, whom we have sent out into the streets to capture tax payers especially those within the informal sector, ’’ the Chairman explained.
The chairman, who stated that the new technology has helped at checkmating wastages, said that the Service hoped to increase the number of the Ad-hoc staff in the near future.
Analysing the collection of the period under review, Arlat said that the Month of January has the highest collection of N877, 828 million followed by March; N825, 859 million while February was the least with N781, 756 million.
According to him, the collection in the first quarter was about N485 million higher than the N2. 06 billion realized in the corresponding period in 2016 and N643 million higher than the N1.84 billion in 2015 respectively.
The PSIRS boss commended the staff of the service for their resilience at ensuring that the state government was not disappointed with them in contributing their quota to the development of the State.
Arlat disclosed that the PSIRS has put all machinery in motion toward the numbering of all houses within and outside the Bukuru-Jos Metropolis for the collection of Ground Rents.
“We believe that by the time we conclude numbering all the houses in Plateau and begin collection of ground rents along what comes in from the informal sector, our revenue will tremendously improve.
“Our target is to hit above One Billion Naira as our monthly Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) toward strengthening and improving government’s social responsibility to the citizens of the State, ’’ he further disclosed.
According to him, the response from the tax payers in the State was so encouraging, stressing that the enlightenment campaign the Service implored in recent times has indeed paid-off.
He however enjoined tax payers to continue to be positive to their civic responsibilities to the government for the government to reciprocate by providing the needed infrastructures for their use and benefits.

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