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Stakeholders urged to support Niger’s harmonised revenue law

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The Executive Chairman, Niger State Internal Revenue, Mohammed Etsu, has called on stakeholders to support the state and local governments Revenue Law of 2020 geared at revamping the economy and improving the quality of peoples livelihood.

The executive chairman made the call in Minna where he explained that the law was initiated based on pressing economic issues as a result of the dwindling revenue of the State and Local Governments and the need to improve development in the state.

Etsu said, “Government is committed to delivering the dividends of Democracy to Nigerlites in the area of security, social services, and prompt payments of salaries to civil servants among others.

“The law is not meant to operate in isolation but to compliment other existing revenue laws as provided in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.”

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He further added that, “This harmonized legislation of 2020, is not meant to usurp the powers of the Local Government Council’s to collect revenue in their areas of jurisdiction as provided by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, but to create a Synergy between the State and the 25 Local Government Councils in a collective revenue drive.”

“This will reduce the incidence of multiple taxation, increase the assessment and collection capacities and boost the quantum of Internally generated revenue for both tiers of Government.”

Etsu, however, said the state internal revenue service has set up an implementation committee which has since commenced touring of all the 25 local government councils for sensitization, training of revenue staff and deployment of technology for immediate take off.

He explained that in a pilot exercise conducted in the Bosso Local Government, there is an increase in its IGR collection due to the deployment of technology in the revenue collection efforts and has encouraged transparency and accountability in the system.

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