The Kwara State Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday announced the commencement of automation of its services in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to boost its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
The Executive Chairman of the service, Dr Muritala Awodun, made the announcement in Ilorin when he paid a courtesy visit to the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Alhaji Mahmud Ajeigbe.
Awodun said the automation would ensure seamless collection of revenue through services rendered in government agencies and establishments.
He explained that the process, by implication, would block leakages and encourage direct payment into the coffers of the state government.
The chairman said the service used last year to develop platforms that would enhance the process of collecting revenue through automation and called for more synergy for its success.
He said the state could not run away from modernising the method of tax collection if it intended to move forward in the wake of the dwindling resources confronting all tiers of government.
Awodun said the state government had been investing its revenue on provision of infrastructure, adding that the automation of revenue collection in MDAs was due to the directive of the state executive council that the implementation must begin this month.
Ajeigbe said the survival of the state was in question if it failed to expand its tax net. He said the state must harness all available resources in order to meet its pressing needs.
Ajeigbe described the introduction of automation processes in MDAs as a `welcome development,’ saying it was the only way to go.
He stressed the need to provide operational vehicles for some ministries to aid their performances in the area of revenue collection and generation.