State governments across the nation are counting their losses in terms of a sharp drop in revenue generation; no thanks to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic except for Gombe state which just recorded her all-time highest of ₦8.4 billion in terms of internally generated revenue in 2020.
With the announcement of the unprecedented achievement, the Chairman of Gombe Revenue Service, Malam Abubakar Tata, in a statement yesterday, Saturday 9th, 2020 in Gombe took the time out to explain how this development came about, highlighting some of the government’s giant strides in the tax administration.
He added that Gombe state created more directorates in its revenue board to boost efficient service delivery for revenue generation, citing that members of the service were not trained in years and that training programmes were also organised to improve service delivery.
Tata also added that the State implemented cross platforms to improve communication between staff, and collaboration between the revenue-generating MDAs in the state.
In his words,
“When I assumed duty, I came with the mindset that we were going to change the story by understanding and diagnosing the problem, and in doing so, we could proffer a solution. Also, end of year bonus for staff and other departmental awards for best performing staff were introduced to motivate the staff, which in turn will discourage them from corrupt practices.”
It is also on record that as part of reforms carried out, the state-organized meetings with 78 MDAs that generates revenue for the state to discuss and implement ways to generate more revenue for the state.
Just before you go
Recall that in October 2020 Taxmobile.Online gathered that States in Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) generated a sum of N612.87 billion as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) between January and June 2020. This was disclosed in the States IGR report, recently released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).