Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has charged tax authorities to block all leakages in order to improve the state’s internally generated revenue (IGR).
He gave the directive while swearing-in the Body of Tax Appeal Commission at the Government House.
“The fall in revenue from the Federal Allocation means that proactive steps must be taken to improve other sources of revenue,” Wike said.
The governor urged the commission to be committed to the enforcement of the extant tax laws for the growth of the state’s financial base.
“The Board of Internal Revenue has been directed to block all revenue leakages,” said Wike.
He added the Tax Appeal Commission should resolve all the tax disputes that would arise.
Wike said all appointees of government must, for the development of the state, make the necessary sacrifices in the face of the financial challenges the state was facing.
“At present, we pay salaries and pensions, by augmenting the Federal Allocation with the Internally Generated Revenue,” Wike added.
Meanwhile, the Board for the Rivers State Roads Maintenance and Rehabilitation Agency, the Rivers State Primary Healthcare Management Board and Board for the Rivers State Bureau on Public Procurement were also inaugurated.
The governor charged the Road Maintenance Agency to be proactive in tackling potholes on roads in the state before they degenerated.
He advised the Bureau for Public Procurement to scrutinise all contracts in line with the due process requirements.
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