The Imo State Government has banned the activities of all revenue collectors and Task Forces which before now have been disguising or acting as agents of the government.
In a statement made by the Executive Chairman, State Board of Internal Revenue Nze Charles Onwunali included in the ban list, markets, motor parks, filling stations and all forms of transport fees collection such as Busimo, Taximo including all forms of street collections among others.
Nze Charles Onwunali warned that anyone caught contravening the ban Order or seen collecting any form of revenue without official endorsement by the Executive Chairman, State Board of Internal Revenue in line with the Governor’s directive will face the full wrath of the law.
Meanwhile, the BIR Chairman, Nze Charles Onwunali told journalists in Owerri that the Board under his watch has in the short period of his coming on board made some giant strides. The strides according to him included the Restoration of electricity after (18) months of darkness, stocking enough vehicle plate numbers in the State for MVA ID as he did not meet any on assumption of office.
Others include fostering of transparency in the Motor Licensing Offices as well as inculcating a sense of accountability among the Motor licensing Authorities particularly sanitizing the process of touts, fake insurance personnel and other middle men operations in the motor licensing offices.
Nze Charles Onwunali revealed that the incidence of middle men in the activities of the Board has been reduced to the barest minimum as he used his vast experience in tax administration. The feat was achieved as the prices of various services are always made public for the consumption of customers.
He equally announced the banning of all forms of cash transactions at the office of the Board of Internal Revenue maintaining that all monies should be paid into designated Government Bank Accounts.
Nze Onwunali announced that procurement and installation of computers in the MDAs is on-going to enhance efficiency and transparency in collection of Government revenue.
The Chairman who has worked so hard to reposition the Board including the automation of the activities of the Board of Internal Revenue said his administration is poised to reviving the Moribund Tax offices at the Local Government areas to enhance revenue collection of the State.
To ensure a neater Board of Internal Revenue premises, arrangement has been concluded to demolish all shanties and illegal structures within the premises of the Board as he has carried out zonal inspection of Board’s facilities in Orlu, Owerri and Okigwe with a view to seeking ways for resuscitating them.
According to the BIR Chairman with the Midas touch lamented the huge back-log of arrears of salaries owed the casual workers of the Board by the past administration for 8 years, he has been able to put smiles on the faces of these casual workers by off-setting the arrears.
Nze Onwunali also announced that boost the internally generated revenue of the State, he has met with Banks, MDAs and Financial Consultants and promised to sustain such meetings and has also introduced accreditation and ensure internal audit of the Board’s staff with a view to indentifying ghost workers.