By JIDAUNA DARING
The Chairman, Plateau State Internal Revenue Service (PSIRS) Mr. Dashe D. Arlat has disclosed that the Service has generated about N16.2billion from January to December 2019 for the state representing about 89% of the budgeted revenue target of N18.4 billion that was given to the PSIRS by state government last year.
SUNDAY STANDARD reports that Mr. Arlat disclosed this at the end of the year press briefing with journalist, held at the PSIRS Conference Hall in Jos, last Tuesday.
He told journalists that the organisation thought it wise to give its scorecard, especially on what it has achieved in the revenue collection for the Plateau State Government as an agency that is saddle with that responsibility.
He disclosed that the Service was in receipt of the reports of all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as regards revenue collection in the state, adding that they had in the year under review tried their best to meet the target given to them, saying that the entire IGR included taxes, levies, fees and others.
Mr. Arlat maintained that looking at the economy and the demands of the government, they still have a lot to do, but as a service, the PSIRS was given a budget of N12.4 billion in 2019, which it was able to surpass the budget with the collections of the sum of N13.8 billion, placing the Service on 111.5% performance for last year revenue collections in the state.
He said a strategic meeting was held recently for them to look for the way forward, particularly on how to continuously improve on the state IGR.
“With the minimum wage that we have now and the demand of the state generally, and also with the oil that is not there as expected as it were before, particularly the falling of its price at the international market, it is something for us to look inward as a state”, he remarked.
The PSIRS Chairman further explained that they still have a lot of potentials to work with in order to achieve more as government, adding that he has told the MDAs that the rocket speed were still going to continue as done last year.
Mr. Arlat revealed that the budget target given to the Service for this year was about N16 billion, saying that the Service still has a lot of tax generation to do for the state as far as the target of the state government was concerned.
“As a Service, we have a lot of work to do; we have set up this year strategically to achieve what has been budgeted for us. For last year we have a lot of things that were done that made us to achieve what we achieved, there were expansion in our offices by enlarging other parts of the state, particularly within the 3 zones of the state”, he stated.
Mr. Arlat commended the Plateau State Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong for purchasing 12 vehicles for the PSIRS which has reduced the challenges of mobility that was faced by the organisation, especially when it comes operational vehicles.