By Usman Mohammed Zaria
The Jigawa State Internal Revenue Service JIRS has launched the state enlightenment and engagement team known as JEET aimed to improve revenue generation services.
In his speech during the launching ceremony held at old Secretariat , the Executive Chairman of the board, Alhaji Nasir Sabo Idris promised to double revenue generation in the state from now to the year 2025.
He decried low tax payment in the state, adding that, with new strategies applied under his leadership through the use of a digital tax collection system, the board targets to increase the revenue generation by 20 percent before the end of 2023, 60 percent by 2024 and double the revenue in the next two years.
According to him, the JEET team will be activated to block leakages and tax fraudulent collection through digital registration as well as enlighten the taxpayers about electronic payment to avoid any fraud.
“Though I’m newly appointed chairman of the board we estimated that in 2021 the board able to generate N42 billion, and if these leakages are blocked we will double the tax collection by the end of this administration”.
Alhaji Nasir Sabo Idris pointed out that, some of the duties of JEET include taxpayer education and enlightenment, registration of payers, engagement with stakeholders and data collection, and effective handling of media information among others.
He therefore called on workers unions, MDAs and all other stakeholders to cooperate with the team to achieve the desired objectives of moving the state forward.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner of finance, Professor Hannatu Sabo Ahmad said that the state depends heavily on the federal grant as only 20 percent of the budget is generated internally.
The ceremony was attended by NURTW, NARTO, market women groups as well as heads various associations across the state.