By Ibrahim Muhammad Kano
The Chairman of Kano State Standing Committee for the Enhancement of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), Professor Ibrahim Barde has stressed the need for revenue generating ministries, departments and agencies to build a stronger working synergy for optimum improvement of the state IGR.
Professor Ibrahim Barde stated this at a One-Day interactive session between the committee members and heads of revenue generating MDAs , at the Coronation Hall of the Kano state Government House.
He said that good governance is about meeting the demands, yearnings, and aspirations of the governed, stressing that funding is critical to satisfying such demands, thus the need to expand more ways of generating incomes for government to be able to reduce the inherent over dependence on allocations from the Federation Account.
The Chairman added that in his effort to change the narratives, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has set up a Task force on revenue generation few weeks after assumption of office and approved the metamorphosis of the Task force to a Standing committee with a view to implementing the findings and recommendations of the Task force for the improvement of IGR collection in the state.
In his remark, the Executive Chairman of Kano Internal Revenue Service (KIRS), Alhaji Sani Abdulkadir Dembo spoke extensively on the developmental projects executed by Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf within five months of his administration, despite the paucity of funds and non improvement of the state’s sources of incomes, praying that more projects would be executed as taxation flourish in state economy.
Also speaking during the occasion, the State Accountant General, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam said that for any revenue generating MDA to perform maximally, there is the need for having credible and reliable data needed for the collection and it is applicable in budget target.
Presentations made at the interactive session which include: “Importance of IGR to the development of Kano State” by Alhaji Sani Abdulkadir Dembo, Executive Chairman (KIRS), ” Relevance of Data in Enhancing Revenue Generation: the Quest for Data for Tax Drive, by Alhaji Abdulsalam Abdulkadir, the state Accountant General.
Others are : “brief on Kano state Target Revenue for 2024 budget year” by Comrade Yakubu Sabi’u GarunDanga, Director Budget, Kano State Ministry of Planning and budget, and “Kano Integrated Revenue Management and Assurance Services (KIRMAS)” by a Technical Adviser, Alhaji Saidu Idris Dangana.