By: Joseph Edegbo
To build a purposeful and robust tax payer data base in Kaduna State, North West Nigeria, a tax payer biometric I.D Card has been introduced by the State Board of Internal Revenue.
The exercise which was launched this Wednesday at the board’s premises with the electronically Data capturing of Governor Ramalan Yero, his Deputy Nuhu Bajoga as well as members of the State Executive Council and the legislature, is aimed at widening the tax net and improving revenue generation and collection.
Other prospects of the programme, include effective and efficient service delivery resulting in the issuance of tax clearance certificate to tax payers.
Governor Yero who expressed delight with the programme, urged the people in the state to come to the board and pay their tax as responsible citizens saying “it is only when you pay your tax that you can criticize or have the right to criticize government.”
He gave assurance that the government would account for every kobo paid to it adding that if the state had the develop, it has to widen its scope in the area of revenue generation.
The Governor who advised the board to collaborate with other relevant agencies and block all the leakages in revenue collection, warned officials of the board against conducting the electronic capturing data exercise in the homes of tax payers.
According to the Governor, the state is expected to generate 5 billion naira from the current 1 billion naira being generated monthly.
On his part, State Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Samaila Aliyu announced that taxable allowances of all the political office holders in the state had already been deducted and thanked the Yero administration for setting the pace in the desire for improved IGR.