Abuja - 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
The governor urged the commission to be committed to the
enforcement of the extant tax laws for the growth of the state's financial
“The Board of Internal Revenue has been directed to block
all revenue leakages," said Wike.
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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
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.
- CAJ News