‘Benue can gen­er­ate N1.5bn monthly’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

Chair­man of the Benue State Board of In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice (BIRS), Mrs. Mimi At­edze-Oru­bibi, has said that the N1.5 bil­lion monthly rev­enue gen­er­a­tion tar­get set for the board by the state gover­nor is achiev­able.

Oru­bibi, who spoke on Wed­nes­day in Makurdi, when she for­mally as­sumed of­fice as chair­man of the board, ex­pressed op­ti­mism that her team would work hard to boost rev­enue gen­er­a­tion.

“We must work to­gether to gen­er­ate the N1.5 bil­lion. In the next few days, the tar­get would be shared among de­part­ments, in­di­vid­u­als and lo­cal gov­ern­ment coun­cils. The gov­ern­ment needs us to fill the gap cre­ated by dwin­dling price of oil rev­enue be­cause fed­eral ac­cru­als can no longer pay state work­ers. I am op­ti­mistic that we will meet the tar­get,” she said.

The new chair­man warned staff of the board to shun sharp prac­tices, say­ing it will no longer be busi­ness as usual.

She main­tained that her lead­er­ship would block leak­ages and fight cor­rup­tion in the sys­tem ir­re­spec­tive of the per­son­al­ity in­volved.

She re­minded the staff that the board is au­ton­o­mous and as such can fire any­one who is lag­ging be­hind.

She fur­ther stated that wel­fare would be her pri­or­ity.

Ear­lier, the out-go­ing act­ing chair­man of the board, Gabriel Asen, said he was in no doubt that Oru­bibi would ex­cel in the as­sign­ment, given her back­ground.


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