By Okechukwu Onuegbu
The Anambra state government says it was working out modalities to include Taxation in the school curriculum with a view to inculcating the ideals and practice of payment of taxes in the younger generation.
The state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, who disclosed this at the 2019 Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) Retreat held at Golden Tulip Hotel, Agulu, lamented that the state was under performing in areas of IGR generation.
According to Obiano, most people in the state evade tax payment, even as some individuals generate revenue with the state government name but divert them to personal needs. He charged participants drawn from the State Executive Council, members of the State Economic Think Tank, among others to work towards increasing the state IGR to five billion naira, since according to him, every Ministry has the capacity to generate revenue.
Earlier, in a statement signed by the Deputy Director and Head Taxpayer Education and Enlightenment Team of the Anambra State Internal Revenue Service, Mrs. Sylvia Tochukwu Ngige, said the two-day retreat themed “Maximising the revenue potential of Anambra state through integrated revenue collection, “will provide opportunity for participants to review existing strategies of all revenue generating ministries, departments and agencies and the collection agency.”
Ngige added that the exercise would help to decide on modality of maximising collection to enhance collaboration between generating and collecting agencies and, at the end, come out with an integrated implementation plan for all stakeholders to increase the state revenue profile.