Niger govt targets N1.5bn monthly revenue

The Niger state Board of Internal Revenue has blocked all revenue generation leakages and set N1.5 billion as average monthly internal revenue generation.

The chairman of the board, Mohammed Etsu, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Minna.

Etsu said with the deployment of high-quality ICT in tax collection, the monthly internal revenue generation had increased by almost N400 million from N700 million to over N1.1 billion within three weeks of last month of May.

According to him, this has been made possible with the innovations and modernisation of the revenue administration system embarked upon by the board.

“With the automation of our tax system, we are expecting considerable changes and improvements in our IGR within three months. We started this in Suleja and Minna as pilot schemes before extending it to other cities,” he said.

He lamented that the state had been 10 years behind compared with other states in the use of ICT in revenue collections, adding that, “however, we want to be among the best 10 states in terms of internally revenue generation in the country.”

“The state was collecting about N700 million monthly before my appointment, but this has increased to N1.1 billion in the month of May due to the restructuring that we have done. However, in this month of June, we are targeting N1.5 billion and we hope to subsequently maintain this amount monthly for the rest of the year.”

He said priority would be accorded to staff remuneration to motivate them, but warned against corrupt practices that could portray the board in a bad light.

He also warned tax defaulters to desist from such acts, stressing that “anyone caught in such acts will face the wrath of the law.”