Kaduna State Govt generates N17bn in 9 months


Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday said it had generated N17 billion of the N50.2 billion targeted for the 2017 fiscal year.

Alhaji Ahmed Murkhtar, Chairman of the agency, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna.

Murkhtar said the revenue was generated between January and September 2017, regretting that the amount was far below the agency’s target.

He, however, said that the agency would exceed the N23 billion generated in 2016.

According to him, the agency has set up a committee to recover about N500 million ground rent from 653 defaulters.

He said the agency would generate about N5 billion from ground rent and land use charge before the end of the year.

The chairman appealed to individuals and organisations to remit taxes as and when due to avoid embarrassment by officials of the agency.

He warned business owners against payment of cash to agency’s officials as the state government had abolished cash collections, adding that payments should be done through designated banks or Point of Sale Machines (POS).

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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