Niger’s tax automation system targets N1.5bn monthly revenue – Official

The Niger State Board of Internal Revenue has launched a tax automation in its integrated tax administration system to block leakages and improve revenue base of the state.

Chairman of the board, Mohammed Etsu, stated this Thursday in an interaction with journalists in his office in Minna.

Etsu explained that with the deployment of the high quality ICT in tax collection, the monthly internal revenue generation in the state would rise to over N1.5 billion.

The chairman who was appointed in May this year said the use of modern technologies by the board has increased monthly revenue by over N400 million .

He said, “With the automation of our tax system which have done about three days ago, 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 to other cities,” he said.

He said the launching of the modem technology in tax administration in the state became imperative on discovery that Niger state is 10 years behind compared with other states, adding that the state wants to rank among the best 10 states in terms of internal revenue generation.

According to him, “the state was collecting about N700m 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 generate this amount monthly for the rest of the year.”

He said that priority would be accorded to staff remuneration of staff as motivation while warning them against corrupt practices that could portray the board in bad light, warning tax evaders to desist from such acts or be ready to face the wrath of the law.