Officials of the Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KADIRS) have received training on grievances and redress mechanisms in tax framework for improved revenue generation.
The training also featured internal control measures for improvement of tax within the KADIRS to curb excesses and leakages.
The training which took place in Kaduna was facilitated by a group of development partners known as Tax Justice Network, Christian Aid and Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn, (PERL).
Mr. Simeon Olatunde, Acting Secretary of Tax Justice Network said the aim of the training was to ensure that tax framework in the state was suitable and transparent.
Olatunde further explained that, by building a formidable internal control measures for tax, the gap in tax processes in the state would be bridged.
Also, the Team Lead of PERL, Mr. Abel Adejo disclosed that the training was meant to expose participants to practical and applicable knowledge of resolving issues of tax payers in their various departments.
According to him, the training was also meant to ensure attraction of more citizens to paying tax through engaging in activities and businesses rather than taking it to other states.
Adejo noted that taxes in Kaduna were used for development, especially on infrastructure, hence the need to ensure all blockages were resolved for effective service delivery to citizens.
“The training will ensure that tax payers challenges are addressed,” he assured.
Adding his voice, Mr. David Tochukwu of Christan Aid explained that, the training was necessitated by the need to expand it to accommodate more personnel of the KADIRS in order to enhance revenue generation in Kaduna and the staff capacity in discharging their duties.
“This will translate to tax payers having value for their money and will be happy for contributions to the development of Kaduna State,” he stressed.
Earlier, Dr. Muhammad Lawal, Executive Director, Revenue Operations of KADIRS restated the commitment in re-ensuring ease in tax payments and addressing citizen’s complainants.
He urged the staff to maximise the knowledge they will be acquiring in the training for their self-betterment and the service at large.
The KADIRS personnel that received training were drawn from tax audit, ICT, revenue generation, tax payers service, finance and motor vehicle administration departments respectively.
Source: Voice of Nigeria