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End of honeymoon for illegal tax collectors has come – KGIRS

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By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.

EXECUTIVE Chairman, Kogi State Internal Revenue Service (KGIRS), Alhaji Sule Salihu Enehe, has said that the era of illegal tax and revenue collection in the state has come to an end in the state saying, “The Honeymoon is Over.”

Enehe who disclosed this at a Media briefing on Thursday in Lokoja said that the Service had put in place Security Joint Task Force to clamp down on all illegal revenue points and collectors in the state.

He described the prevalence of illegal tax collectors in the revenue generation process of the state government as constituting serious leakages which must be plotted for the state to improve its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR)

The Executive Chairman regretted the activities of the multiple illegal tax collectors saying that they aside being security threats, they constituted nuisance to the general public, comutters and motorists who ply roads in the state.

He said that he had written to all security agencies to help the Service enforce the drive towards clamping down all illegal tax collect collectors in the state.

Enehe said that the state in the twilight of the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello, through an Executive Bill, caused the state House of Assembly to amend the State Revenue Law and harmonized revenue collection in the state.

The passed Bill which was assented to by the the immediate past governor, Bello has criminalised illegal collection of tolls in the state and vested the sole authority of revenue collection in KGIRS.

“It is only in Kogi state that somebody, an individual or group, can create a toll gate to collect taxes. The new Revenue Harmonization Law has criminalized that,” he said.

According to the Executive Chairman, security agencies have also realized that the illegal toll collectors supply information to criminals just as they cause the price of commodities to soar as a result of the levies on transporters.

He said that removal of illegal Collections, especially the produce taxes, through implementation of the new Law would reduce the price of commodities and the attendant effect on the cost of living.

The Executive Chairman expressed optimism that staff of the Service would utilize their potentials to implemented the law, drive and achieve goals of the organization to sanitize tax collection in the state

He said in this regard, staff of the Service who would drive process were being motivated through, training, due promotions and other incentives.

Enehe revealed that as part of the measures to improve the revenue profile of the state, the Service would soon launch a device for registration and collection of taxes from Point of Sales (POS) operators in the state.

On the revenue profile and collection, Enehe said the Service generated N23 billion in 2023, and is expected to generate N30.4 billion this year as projected in the state budget.

He added that he was sure the Service would clinch the target through implementation of the Harmonization Law and blockage of all revenue leakages. (Ends)

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Kogi Gov promises to construct Idoji-Enyinare road

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**Improve Logistics for Local Security Architecture

Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo of Kogi State has said indicated that his administration will soon commence the construction of road networks linking communities in different parts of the state.
Special Adviser on Media to the Governor, Ismaila Isah in a statement quoted the Governor to have made the disclosure during his Sallah homage to the people of Onyukoko-Idoji ward in Okene Local Government area as part of his tour of communities during the Sallah break.

The Governor who addressed a gathering of supporters at Idoji expressed concern over the condition of the Idoji-Enyinare road promising that immediate attention will be given to the road along with other roads linking local communities in different parts of the state
He reiterated the need for people in local communities to be connected by road infrastructure to enhance social and economic activities in the state.

According to him, he was well aware of challenges in the area and promised that his administration will not relent in addressing gaps in road infrastructure across the state for the benefit of the citizens.

The Governor expressed appreciation to the youths, women and other stakeholders in the area for the tremendous support he received during the November 11, 2023 governorship election, assuring that the welfare of the people will remain a priority for the state government under his leadership.

Governor Ododo who enjoined the youths to desist from divisive tendencies and sustain peaceful coexistence in the area, assured the community of improvement in logistics for the local vigilante group
He promisied that his administration will remodel the local security architecture in the area and make it a template for other communities in the state as part of the renewed onslaught against criminals in the state.

While acknowledging the pivotal role of the people of Onyukoko-Idoji ward in his emergence as the Governor of the state, Governor Ododo promised that his administration will accord tremendous importance to the people whose sacrifices he noted served as the foundation for the agitation for equity in the political history of Kogi State.

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Ododo Condoles Former Governor Ibrahim Idris Over Son’s Demise

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Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo has sent condolence message to the former Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris over the demise of his son, late Honourable Muhammed Ibrahim Idris.
Muhammed who was former member of the House of Representative(Ankpa/Olamaboro/Omala Federal Constituency) died on Wednesday in Abuja after the Eid El-Fitr prayers
In a condolence message signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Ismaila Isah, Governor Ododo described the death of the late federal lawmaker as a tragic loss as he expressed deep sympathy with the family of former Governor Ibrahim Idris.

According to Governor Ododo, the late Honourable Muhammed Ibrahim Idris was an older brother in whom he had found a worthy compatriot, noting that their last meeting was in March, 2024 when he came in the company of stakeholders from Omala Local Government area on a solidarity visit to him as the Governor of Kogi State during which they had useful discussions on plans for the development of the state.

The Governor urged the family of Alhaji Ibrahim Idris to take solace in the fact that the late Honourable Mohammed lived a life filled with worthy accomplishments as a politician and a businessman.

Governor Ododo prayed that Allah grant the former lawmaker eternal rest and for his family to find the fortitude to bear the loss.

Born December 8, 1969, Honourable Mohammed Ibrahim Idris who represented Ankpa/Olamaboro/Omala Federal constituency from 2011 to 2015 died on Wednesday April 10, 2024 in Abuja at the age of 55.

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Eid-El-Fitr: Sustain Ramadan Virtues, Ideals, Values beyond celebration – Kogi Poly Rector Urges

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By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.

RECTOR of Kogi State Polytechnic, Dr Salisu Ogbo Usman has called on Muslim Faithful to reflect on the teachings of the Holy month of Ramadan and sustain the virtues, ideals and values in their deeds.

In a special Sallah message to the state and nation personally signed by him and issued on Wednesday, the Rector congratulated the Muslim Ummah for the successful completion of the spiritual exercise.

Dr Ogbo Usman however urged Muslims to sustain the virtues of the Ramadan beyond the month and the celebration saying, “Ramadan has been a month of deep reflection, introspection and charitable deeds.

“Let us reflect on the teachings of the Holy month which call for sacrifice and perseverance in order to achieve enormous reward while we live in this world, and the hereafter.

“I also urge us to sustain the virtues, ideals and values beyond the month of Ramadan as it will be of immense benefit to us as individuals, and as a Polytechnic community.

“On this Eid day, may the Almighty Allah shower His blessings upon you and your loved ones, and may He grant you the highest level of happiness and joy on this auspicious day.

“On behalf of the Governing Council, Academic Board, Management, staff and Students of the Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, I wish to felicitate with the Muslim faithful on this year’s occasion of Eid-el-Fitr celebration”, he said.

Dr Ogbo Usman Specially felicitated His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo and the entire continuity and consolidation team for the successful completion of the Ramadan. (Ends)

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