The Plateau State Internal Revenue Service has generated the sum of N9,013,326,267.34 in the year 2016, with a deficit of N3 billion.
While briefing newsmen in his office in Jos, Tuesday, the Acting Chairman of the Board, Mr Dashe Arlat, said N13 billion was their budgetary target for 2016, which 8.6 billion naira was generated, and by implication has a deficit of N4.4 billion.
He said, the revenue generated in 2015 was N6,937,349,802.70, while in 2014 it was N8,353,950,803.55, adding that, looking at the performances over the past 3 years and considering the economic challenges the state and the country endured in 2016, it is fair that the Service has made appreciable efforts.
“We are optimistic that, with the strategies that we have mapped out, there will be a tremendous growth in our collection for the year 2017.”
According to him, “The 2017 budget, which is N17 billion, is a challenge to the staffs. For the whole budget of the year should be our budget; it will also put us to work hard to meet up with the target.”
He said, the 2017 revenue would be generated through some ministries like Education, through the registration of schools, where he said, there are about 3,000 schools in Plateau State, but only over 1,000.00 have registered.
For the Ministry of Tourism, he said, it would be generating through Hotels, Parks, Gardens and Restaurants in the state, adding that their target every month is N1.3 billion.
Mr Arlat further explained that, at the moment, One-Stop shops are being built in each of the 17 Local Government Areas to replicate activities being carried out at the headquarters of the Service, and that in those offices they are making tax administration and payments “seamless” and “stress-free” to the public.
The Board’s acting chairman further said, “With the new SMART Revenue System Process, all revenues due to the state that have hitherto remained untapped in various sectors of the economy are set to be effectively harnessed, with all leakages blocked.
“In this regard, staffs of the Service will be deployed across the 17 local government areas, and all MDA’s will be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and gadgets to effectively collect and appropriately report all revenues by way of taxes, fines, fees and levies to the state in a transparent and professional manner that will encourage confidence and voluntary compliance in the tax payer,” he stated.