From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse
Alhaji Nasir Sabo Idris, the newly appointed Chairman of Jigawa State Internal Revenue Service (JIRS), has pledged his commitment to tackle the challenges hindering internal revenue generation in the state.
This commitment was made during a dialogue session organized by JIRS with the support of the Tax Justice and Governance Platform. The event, which brought together taxpayers, tax collectors, and various stakeholders, took place at the State Secretariat in Dutse on Wednesday.
During the dialogue, several challenges related to internal revenue generation in the state were identified, and strategies were developed to address these issues. Alhaji Nasir Sabo Idris, the Chairman of JIRS, pointed out that one of the major challenges was a shortage of manpower, leading to insufficient mobilization of domestic resources.
He emphasized that other challenges included revenue leakages in the collection process, the need for additional revenue sources, and a lack of effective tax awareness in the state.
Alhaji Nasir Sabo Idris stressed the importance of financial inclusiveness and outlined his plans to address the manpower challenges by leveraging modern technology to streamline the activities of the revenue service.
Additionally, he mentioned that his board would explore the possibility of establishing an agency similar to KAROTA (Kano State Road Traffic Agency) and consider recruiting casual tax collection workers to boost revenue generation.
Alhaji Nasir Sabo Idris called for increased support and cooperation from tax generation agencies and all Jigawa citizens, particularly business organizations, to reduce the state’s reliance on external revenue sources.
Speaking on behalf of the Tax Justice and Governance Platform, Comrade Mohd Abdu Dutse, the Executive Director of Prime Initiative for Community Development, reaffirmed the platform’s commitment to ensuring proper tax collection and utilization for the betterment of Jigawa State. The dialogue session is a significant step toward addressing revenue-related challenges and promoting economic development in the state.