The Nigeria Governors’ Forum yesterday hosted tax officers from the 36 states of the federation to introduce them to the IGR dashboard an innovation of the economic department of the NGF.
According to a statement by the head, media public affairs of the NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello Barkindo, at the occasion, the director-general enjoined the desk officers not to see the exercise as another jamboree but to view it as serious business designed to shore up the revenue base of their various states.
Okauru said: I want to start by warmly welcoming every person to Abuja and particularly to the NGF secretariat building. This is where we host the 36 governors every time they are in Abuja for NGF meetings or sub-committee sessions. As you probably know, under our constitution, governors or their deputies are required to attend the National Economic Council (NEC) meetings in Abuja presided over by the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria once every month. NEC is the highest economic advisory body in the country. It is important we put this in context because of the today’s event.
“This is not another talk shop. It is a very serious event designed to train desk officers on one of our flagship projects: the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) Dashboard Initiative.
He said the IGR Dashboard is dedicated to strengthening ongoing reforms targeted at raising the internally generated revenue of States, by actively engaging with the 37 tax authorities in the country, including the FCT.
In the past years, he said the NGF had built a strong relationship with the executive chairmen of the State Inland Revenue Bodies/Agencies/Services.
According to him “We strongly believe that for the IGR Dashboard Initiative to succeed, it is important we maintain another layer of relationship in the space you operate. In my opinion, as Desk Officers, you are functionally the most important part of the implementation puzzle.
“You are a very crucial point of contact on all matters related to the IGR Dashboard. This is an important call in the broader context of our engagement with your State governors in the drive for strong political commitment for IGR reforms.
Disclosing that some States have since taken advantage of the initiative, he added that henceforth, they now have a fresh level-playing ground for all states to take advantage of the opportunities the IGR Dashboard provides.
According to him, to contribute to a more coherent reform environment and fast track full domestication of commendable practices across all States and the FCT, the NGF Secretariat also develops GUIDES for implementing reforms based on extensive experience in peer reviewing the 36 States over the last ten (10) year.
“Our doors are open. We are happy to maintain and in fact deepen this relationship. Please take advantage of the presentations and contributions of our facilitators and the opportunity to share useful lessons with your peers,” he said.