Julius Ataboh, Lokoja
Kogi State Internal Revenue Service under the new leadership of the Executive Chairman, Aliyu Inda Salami, has recorded a growth in its revenue generation. This was made possible because of the recent developments in the Service which borders chiefly around Operational Restructuring that focuses on effective and efficient revenue collections.
In the light of the objective of increasing the IGR of the State to 3Billion Naira monthly, Kogi State Internal Revenue Service organised a 2-day retreat to equip its Staff towards the realisation of this goal.
The Chief of Staff to the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Chief David Edward Onoja, who happened to be the special guest of the occasion, in his remarks gave a comparative analysis of Kogi State and Kwara State IGRs which shows the latter leading in the North Central region of Nigeria. He stated that Kogi State has all it takes to be No. 1 in the North Central owing to the various opportunities that should give us leadership in revenue collections.
He urged the Management and Staff to intensify efforts at making sure that they place the State on the national map in the area of revenue generations while noting that the Service remains one of the critical organs of the State through which the promises of the Government to its people can be fulfilled.
Speaking earlier, the Resource Person, Mr. Chika Mbonu, Lead Partner, KBSC Advisory, in his paper presentation titled “KGIRS PROJECT 3B – THE CHANGE MANTRA”, stated that Change, as it is generally known, is constant; a process and not an event, a journey and not a destination, and the conveyor belt on which every business institution is propelled. He added that bringing technology to the operations of the Service will help to increase revenue generation and to attain efficiency in operations. He further stressed that the change of occupational mindset, if honestly adhered to, would make Kogi State Internal Revenue Service self-profiting from its internally generated revenues.
The Executive Chairman, KGIRS, Mr. Aliyu Salami, admonished the Staff to be open-minded at receiving and implementing the nuggets from the Retreat as they would be Change Agents in their individual job responsibilities and be held accountable for their performances. He also encouraged the Staff to be ambitious and goal oriented even in their personal pursuits as these will eventually affect the growth of the Service in a positive way.
In conclusion, the 2- day Retreat was put together to equip the Staff and also chart the path towards becoming the foremost State in IGR collections in the North Central by the end of 2019, and be one of Nigeria’s leading IGR States by the year 2021.