Plateau Revenue Services reintroduces essay writing competition among schools

Essay Writing Competition on Taxation among Secondary Schools in the Plateau State has been re-introduced by Plateau State Board of Internal Revenue Service (PSBIRS).

The Acting Chairman of the Plateau State Internal Revenue Service (PSIRS), Mr.  Dashe Arlat, disclosed this in Jos, while inaugurating an eight-man Panel of Judges for the competition.

While inaugurating the Panel of Judges at the Service’s Boardroom in Jos on Thursday, Mr. Arlat explained that, the completion, which was first introduced in 2014, had to be re-introduced in view of its importance.

He said the objective of the competition is to utilize the initiative in reforming the minds of our youths to the essence of tax payment, tax administration and the negative consequences of non-compliance with extant laws by the citizens.

According to him, it’s also part of efforts to sensitize parents and the general public on the need to pay their taxes regularly to enable government provide the citizens with basic social amenities for growth and development of the State.

Mr. Arlat explained further that, the success of the 1st edition of the competition was climaxed with the presentation of cash awards to winners of both the Senior and Junior categories at the Plateau State Stakeholders Forum and State Performance Awards held in February, 2016.

He also explained that, PSIRS decided to re-introduce the 2nd edition this time around, following the continued wide acceptability and acclaim the 1st edition received across the state.

He said, they were carefully selected to devote time to the assignment before them for its success.

In responding, the chairman of the Panel, Chief Vonjen Lar, expressed gratitude to the Service for finding them worthy to serve in such capacity as Judges of the essay completion.

“I wish to assure the Service, on behalf of my colleagues that, we shall put in our best to ensure that justice is done to all participants for its overall success,” he said.

However, the Panel of Judges include: Mrs Mercy Longpoe, Dr Sarah Lwahas, Ms Hudung Gyang, Mr Joshua Tongman, Ignatius Usar, Paul Jatau and Wulashik Dafa’an, who is to serve as the Secretary.


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