Training and retraining of Inspector of Taxes in Ogun State for improved Internally Generated Revenue has been identified as one of the means that would enable the state cope with challenges caused by fluctuations in the oil market and dwindling revenue from the Federal Allocation.
The newly inaugurated Chairman of the Inspector of Taxes Forum, Alhaji Adeleke Asiwaju said this at the general meeting of the forum held at the Ogun State Internal Revenue Service headquarters in Abeokuta
Asiwaju who is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, said tax officers in the state needed to acquire more skills to keep abreast with the global means of revenue collection which was a departure from collecting revenue by force to voluntary compliance to payment of taxes.
“The world is growing at a supersonic speed, Information and Communication Technology ( ICT) has transformed the way human beings carry out their activities from analog to modern, civilized, fastest and highly digitalized. Tax Inspectors will be train and retrain on modern, efficient and effective system of revenue collection.
“Inspector of Taxes FORUM is planning to organize seminar that will incorporate all revenue generating agencies on ways and means of improving Ogun State Internally Generated Revenue.
“We have prepared a proposal on how Ogun State Government can generate additional revenue,” he said
According to him, this training would expose the Inspector of Taxes to other avenues that could be explored to expand the state tax net and encourage taxable residents to voluntarily comply with payment of taxes.
In his remarks, the fourth Vice-Chairman of the forum and Director of Tax Operations in OGIRS, Mr Olugbenga Akinfenwa said the forum was to foster unity among members, and initiate more training to sharpen their skill in the area of revenue generation.
He added that it would allow them to share experience and enabled the younger ones learn from the seniors so as to perform optimally and meet the revenue target of the state government.
The First Vice- Chairman of the Forum and Director of Other Taxes, OGIRS, Mrs Olubisi Ajomale on behalf of other members pledged total support to the new Chairman as she welcomed him and wished him a successful tenure.