- Benue government said it has dismantled bout 159 illegal revenue roadblocks in the state
- The state revenue agency said it is working with security agents in the state to completely fish out those behind the illegal acts
- It said it is committed to buillding an efficient tax administration that would rise to become the best in Nigeria
The chairman of Benue state Internal Revenue Services, Terzugwe Atser, on Thursday, September 13, reportedly said about 159 illegal revenue roadblocks had been dismantled in the state.
The Punch reports that Atser stated this during a workshop organised for management staff on management efficiency strategies, facilitated by Power Planet Limited Lagos at Winika Hotels, Gboko.
He said: “At the time I assumed office two months ago, I met over 159 illegal revenue roadblocks across the state but we have succeeded in chasing them away.
“Notwithstanding what we have done, some of the people are still operating in the night and they are always on the run because security agencies are after them.”
NAIJ.com gathered that the chairman stated that the board was working in partnership with security agents in the state to completely fish out those behind the illegal acts.
“In taxation, we work according to the laws and in obeying the law, you have to be just and fair. Therefore, in Benue state we want to now build efficient tax administration that would rise to become the best in Nigeria and in achieving this, we need to train and retrain the tax managers so that they can translate the knowledge to other staff.
“This workshop became very important because I discovered that for the past ten years, staff of the board had never had opportunity to undergo intensive training of this nature.
“I want to charge the participants to take this workshop seriously and be committed to every activity because this is the beginning of new vision for a new Benue Internal Revenue Services. Our target is that in the next two years, we should be able to identify and know every target for tax payers in the state. I believe we will achieve this by doing the right thing at the right time, which I believe this is the right time,” Atser maintained.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state said that half of five local government areas of the state had been sacked by herdsmen militia.
He reportedly gave the affected local government areas sacked by herdsmen to include Makurdi, Gwer west, Guma, Logo and Kwande.
The governor further hinted that the herdsmen crisis that rocked the state commencing from New Year day claimed lives of 560 people.
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