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Ogun generates N17.9bn in six months

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By Segun Ayinde, Abeokuta 

Ogun State Internal Revenue Service, IRS says it has generated the sum of N17.936bn between January and June this year.

This represented over 47% performance, which is a positive variance for the corresponding period of the agency’s performance in the last three years. 

The Executive Chairman of the State IRS, Mr. Olugbenga Olaleye, stated this before the members of the State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation during the ongoing budget performance appraisal at the Assembly Complex, Oke- Mosan, Abeokuta.

Olaleye recalled that the revenue performance reflected a positive variance of N2.83bn compared to the N15.11 billion generated in year 2020 and N2.86bn in 2019 despite the adverse effects of COVID-19 on the global economies.

While giving the breakdown of the revenue performance, the Chairman explained that the revenue was received through personal tax, stamp duty, road taxes, withholding tax, tax investigations, consumption tax and development levies amongst other sources. 

He said that efforts were on top gear for the Agency to commence Tax Audit to further boost its revenue generation efforts to the tune of N9.4bn, adding that there was introduction of technology-driven policies to ease tax compliance.

According to him, the tax audit set out to raise tax assessment on tax payers, improve tax compliance check on tax payers, while achieving holistic tax reviews and investigation.

Responding, the Chairman of the State’s House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Kunle Sobunkanla in the company of his colleagues; Hons. Ganiyu Oyedeji, Damilola Soneye and Abdul Bashir Oladunjoye lauded the agency’s performance in improving the State’s revenue, assuring of more legislative support towards accomplishing its target.

The Lawmakers also appraised the budget performances of the State’s Ministry of Budget and Planning as presented by the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Funmilayo Dada and that of the Finance Ministry as reeled out by its Permanent Secretary, Hassan Adekunle.

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