By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji has called for the cooperation of Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the state in the administration’s effort at boosting the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) without placing extra burden on the people.
The Governor made the call in Ado-Ekiti at the weekend during a meeting with Chairman, Internal Revenue Service and revenue generating Ministries, Departments and Agencies ( MDAs). He assured the Internal Revenue Service of adequate government support to enable it deliver on revenue drive.
He charged the revenue generating components in the state to step up their efforts in terms of commitment and dedication to duties and ensure increase in revenue to enable government achieve its desired goals of delivering dividends of democracy to the people and make life better for them through provision of social services.
Oyebanji noted that about 85 percent of files and mails that come to his table daily are about expenditure, with none on suggestions about how to raise revenue.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Mr Akintunde Oyebode, stressed the need for the state to improve on its 7th lowest ranking in internally generated revenue among the 36 states of the Federation by strengthening the capacity of the Internal Revenue Service to improve on the states revenue drive.
The Chairman, Ekiti State Internal Revenue Service, Mr Rufus Olatona noted that the reason why his office was not performing optimally was because there were some people who were impersonating officials of the IRS and assured the Governor that investigation was in progress and culprits would be brought to book.
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