With a new system, tagged ‘Project Reset’, Edo State is out to streamline its tax processes, says the Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
Speaking during a 5-day training workshop for 200 Tax Relationship Managers and Officers, Obaseki said that they are going to revolutionise the State’s tax administration and improve its revenue generation systems, so as to ensure the delivery of his administration’s promise of “making Edo great again”.
The newly appointed revenue collectors, he explained, will ensure that tax assessments generated are effectively served to taxpayers across the state’s 18 local government areas, ensuring that the assessments are acceptable and payments made accordingly.
“With this system, tagged ‘Project Reset’, we will now streamline tax process. People will be registered with tax identity cards (IDs), pay taxes and we will ensure that all taxes collected go straight to the government.
“People will not be allowed to pay cash as all taxes collected will be accounted for.
“We are using technology to drive the process; it’s not only workers that earn salaries that are to pay tax but also others that earn more. Some of our people currently don’t pay taxes and my administration is working to bring them all into the tax net.
“As a government, we are working hard to provide the basics for Edo people. We are working hard to improve electricity, security; build infrastructure and other activities to improve lives and such activities need to be financed.
“To do more, we need to pay our taxes as I assure you that our administration will judiciously use and account to the people, how it was utilized and never will it be shared”, the Governor said.
Meanwhile, Edo State Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for year ended 2020 totaled twenty billion, one hundred and eighty-four million, three hundred and fifty thousand, seven hundred and thirty-four Naira, ninety kobo (N27,184,350,734.90).
The figure is contained in National Bureau of Statistics table below: