Kaduna State Board of Internal Revenue Gets Interim Management

An interim management has been appointed for the Kaduna State revenue generatincy agency. Moukhtar Ahmed, who was until now the Special Adviser to the Governor on Investment Promotion, is the newly appointed acting executive chairman of the board. Also appointed is Mr. Chris Umar who has been named as acting Company Secretary/Legal Adviser to the agency. Umar is also Special Adviser, Legal Matters to the Governor. The appointments take effect today, 15 January 2016.

The appointments were announced in a press statement by Suleiman Abdu Kwari, the Commissioner of Finance today. According to him the Kaduna State government has declared a state of emergency on revenue generation in the state which has necessitated urgent actions structured to improve the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state in the short, medium and long term.

“A major plank of this reform is the new tax legislation being considered by the Kaduna State House of Assembly. The proposed tax law codifies and consolidates all taxes, levies and revenues collectible in Kaduna State in one law and one document. The law will vest the collection of these revenues in only one agency, a revamped Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service. This will give investors more certainty, ease the cost of doing business and remove the problem of multiple taxation and harassment by multiple agencies.”

“The new interim management has the mandate to prepare the revenue agency for its expanded mandate under the new legislation. Strong leadership is required for the enhanced role the agency will play as the sole collector of all government revenues. Kwari, who chairs the interim supervisory board of the revenue agency, listed some of the terms of reference given to the new management.” The terms of reference include:
a. Urgently plug all leakages in Revenue Generation in the State
b. Enforce centralized collections of all government revenue by the BIR
c. Ensure that all MDAs that operated under Generate, Remit and Spend remit all revenues to the Board of Internal Revenue
d. Make such administrative and institutional changes as to prepare the board for transition to KAD-IRS once the law is passed.
e. Assess the IT infrastructure and initiate changes as may be required

 

Signed

Suleiman Abdu Kwari
Commissioner of Finance
15 January 2016

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