Enugu set to improve IGR, targets N30 billion annually

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THE Enugu State Government says it is exploring new avenues to raise its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to N30 billion from 2019.

The Commissioner for Information, Mr Chidi Aroh, Friday in Enugu, while  briefing reporters on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting in Enugu, said that government was pleased with the progress made by the state Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) especially in the area of IGR, which had risen above N20 billion.

The Commissioner said that, “the IGR of the state has been doing well since 2016 but we are looking at new strategies that will increase it.

“We are looking at the possibility of getting an IGR that will cross N30billion threshold at the end of the year.”

Aroh, who said that the chairman of the BIR updated the council on the new strategies to shore up the revenue of the state explained that after consideration on the report, an adjournment on the matter was proposed to enable members further review some of the strategies.

According to him, the council also considered a report on the review of charges and levies imposed by all revenue generating agencies in the state.

He said that the council did not take a final decision on the report to allow members and relevant ministries, department and agencies to make considered input before.

Aroh said that the council was committed to ensuring that decisions reached are in the best interest of the state and the people considering current economic realities in the country.

Recently, an Enugu State based manufacturer of roofing sheets and ceiling boards bemoaned the imposition of multiple taxes from different government agencies in the state.

During a tour of the factory by the State House of Assembly Committee on Commerce and Industry the Managing Director, lamented that company was considering shutting down its facilities due to the taxes. 

The Head of Human Resources, Mrs. Comfort Ibeh, said that, “if nothing was done about it, the company would have no option than to shut down its operations in the state.”

She urged the lawmakers to appeal to the government to reduce the multiple taxes levied on the company.

According to her, the visit was an indication of the cordial relationship between AN Enugu State based company that specializes in the manufacture of roofing sheets and ceiling boards has bemoaned the imposition of multiple taxes from different government agencies in the state.

During a tour Thursday by the Enugu State House of Assembly Committee on Commerce and Industry of the premises of the Emenite Company Ltd, the Managing Director, lamented that company was considering shutting down its facilities due to the taxes. 

The Head of Human Resources, Mrs. Comfort Ibeh, who represented the Managing Director during the visit of the lawmakers, said that, “if nothing was done about it, the company would have no option than to shut down its operations in the state.”

She thanked the lawmakers for the visit and urged them to appeal to the government to reduce the multiple taxes levied on the company.

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