IGR: Ekiti Assembly calls for effective strategy to mitigate effects of COVID-19

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By Idowu Gabriel

Ado-Ekiti, Sept. 18, 2020 (NAN) Following the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on the world economy, Ekiti House of Assembly has charged officials of the State Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) to devise strategies to generate more revenue for the state.

The Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Mrs Olubunmi Adelugba, gave the admonition on Friday during an interaction with the officials of BIR on the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the state IGR, in Ado-Ekiti.

Adelugba said that the meeting was also aimed at devising strategies to ensure effective and efficient service delivery by the revenue service.

The committee chairman, who acknowledged BIR as the bedrock of revenue generation in the state, called on the people to cooperate with them, especially, the tax collectors.

She assured them that the revenue generated would be effectively and efficiently used for the development and wellbeing of the state and its residents.

Adelugba, therefore, assured the BIR of the House optimum support for the revenue services to recover from the effects of COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the economy through necessary legislation.

Earlier, The Chairman of the Ekiti Board of Internal Revenue (BIR), Mr Olumuyiwa Ogunmilade, said the meeting was to brief the committee on how COVID-19 pandemic had really affected the IGR of the state.

Ogunmilade also listed the strategies put in place by BIR to mitigate the effects of the pandemic to include: the automation of revenue payment processes and the introduction of the’ Homeowners’ Charter programme.

He listed others as the creation of Taxpayer Relationship Unit, Tax Sensitisation and Enlightenment.

He sought the support of the House in sensitising the members of their constituencies for their cooperation.

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