Gombe to re­view tax laws to im­prove IGR

The Punch - - MONEY - Chima Azubuike, Gombe

DEPUTY Gov­er­nor of Gombe State, Dr manas­sah Jatau, has said the state govern­ment will ex­am­ine its cur­rent tax laws in or­der to boost its in­ter­nally gen­er­ated rev­enue.

He dis­closed this on Thurs­day, in an in­ter­view with our cor­re­spon­dent in the state cap­i­tal.

He said this was part of the mea­sures to im­prove the earn­ing of the state.

Jatau said as a govern­ment, the state had the sole re­spon­si­bil­ity of mak­ing sure in­vestors had con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment to op­er­ate as well as a task to block loop­holes in tax col­lec­tion.

“We have been try­ing to get in­vestors to the state. Pri­vate in­vestors are the only peo­ple that can cre­ate em­ploy­ment, the role of govern­ment is just to cre­ate a con­ducive at­mos­phere for in­vestors to take up. There is a limit to which we can em­ploy civil ser­vants.

Al­ready, we are try­ing to look at tax laws to im­prove In­ter­nally Gen­er­ated Rev­enue,” he said.

While promis­ing ac­count­abil­ity, Jatau added as a govern­ment “we will take a look at min­eral re­sources, there are many peo­ple that are min­ing il­le­gally. You are aware that what we get from the Fed­eral Govern­ment is not that much.”

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