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Gombe promises to increase IGR as state receives revenue award

Gombe promises to increase IGR as state receives revenue award

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Gombe promises to increase IGR as state receives revenue award

Story from Matthew ELOYI

The Gombe State Internal Revenue Service (GSIRS) has pledged to increase its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) by improving its services.

Speaking in Gombe during the presentation of an Award of Excellence to Gombe Internal Revenue Service by “Revenue Magazine”, the Chairman GSIRS, Abubakar Inuwa Tata said before the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, the state was earning about N500 million monthly in IGR, which included the state PayE, Local Government and SUBEB. But during Governor Yahaya’s administration, N716 million was being realised monthly, including the state PayE, Local Government, SUBEB and Local Education Authority.

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In his words, “From January to August 2021 on the average, we have N786 million, including the payE. We will continue to improve to ensure the number keeps growing.

“However, with what we have seen from the Revenue Service in the last few years, it is not the effort of the executive chairman alone.”

He said the award was dedicated to the entire staff of the service, who according to him, has worked day and night to enhance improved revenue of Gombe State.

Presenting the award to Inuwa Tata, Chairman of the Revenue Magazine, Mr. Frederick Apeji, said the annual Nigerian States IGR awards program was designed to encourage and foster a healthy competition among the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT.

He said Mr. Tata was honored for producing many victories in the IGR of Gombe State, despite the internal unrests that Gombe state faced in recent times and the challenges on revenue collection across the state.

Mr. Akpeji commended the Chairman of the Gombe State Revenue service as one of the winners of the Revenue Magazine Excellence in IGR Award in 2020/2021, where the state emerged the 6th fastest-growing state in IGR in 2020, growing its collections by 25.5% from N6.80 billion naira in 2019 to N8.54 billion in the past year.

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“This is the basis for honoring the state with this award, to spur it to greater heights in the years ahead,” Mr. Akpeji said.

The Chairman of the Gombe State Revenue Service attributed the successes recorded in the increase in IGR to the collective efforts of the staff of the Revenue Service, thereby commending them for making it a success.

Gombe promises to increase IGR as state receives revenue award

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