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Network, KADIRS engage media to increase visibility of IGR in Kaduna



Tax Justice Network (TJN), in partnership with the Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KADIRS), has engaged the media in ensuring possible ways of increasing visibility of Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR) through their reportage in Kaduna.

The round table engagement, which was aimed at enlistment of the support of media in Kaduna, was also supported by Christain aid.

The Coordinator of TJN in Kaduna, Mr Simeon Olatunde, described the media as a strategic partner whose contributions in promoting fair, inclusive and citizen driven tax process was paramount.

He noted that the TJN was a loose network of civil society and media advocate for equity and inclusive prosperity in Kaduna State.

It fosters social economic justice through equitable and fair tax system in the state and beyond.


“Over the years, we have been promoting good governance, tax education and awareness to protect and advance taxpayers’ rights and compliance collaboratively with the state government, private sector and development partners to improve and enhance the tax system that is inclusive and citizens driven,” he said.

According to Olatunde, the knowledge of tax is scanty among the media partners in Kaduna, which informed the round table engagement.

“The Network which has a loose coalition with tax concern, discovered that the media who was also part of the network and have very scanty knowledge of tax which sometimes revolves around figures and tax lines.

“Everything we are doing at the network with media is only at the micro level, not at a wider coverage,” he said.

He, therefore, said the engagement was to carry along other media, to expand the scope and educate, build their capacity to bring an end to the issues of tax education.


On educating public on tax administration, Olatunde said the network engaged communities through Community Development Charter (CDC) process to discuss concerns about tax at their community level.

The coordinator stressed the TJN’s committment in advocating development levy and tax for service, to ensure that specific amount of money was going back to the community.

Mr Zakari Jamilu, KADIRS Head of Corporate Communication

Earlier, Mr Zakari Muhammad, KADIRS Head of Corporate Communication, said the specific objectives of the engagement was to increase the understanding and knowledge of media partners on IGR, and importance as a sustainable source of revenue generation.

He added that it was also to reawaken the media on their roles in empowering the residents to hold the government accountable.


Muhammad also said that the KADIRS was keen about receiving feedback, comments from stakeholders on achievements, challenges, and evidence in relation to the current state of IGR and its budget contribution in the media space.

He therefore emphasised the crucial role of media in reporting and advocating voluntary compliance in Kaduna state, while soliciting their support for a robust reportage of tax system, regime and other related issues within the tax space.

Standing in the middle, Mr Philip Yatai, a media Resource Person for the engagement from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

Also, A Media Resource Person, Mr Philip Yatai, said revenue generation, particularly IGR, was one of the key drivers of every development project.

He noted that the sole revenue earning for Nigeria which is the oil, is depleting globally and attached with many issues.


According to him, every developed country has its development tied to its IGR.

Yatai therefore said that the KADIRS had been working, including media engagement, which was not enough.

He, therefore, said the TJN worked in collaboration with the KADIRS to bring onboard the media to carry out sensitisation, advocacy and development journalism on tax administration with emphasis on tax justice and tax for service.

Yatai called on the government and civil society to always respond to the media calls and work with them as partners to achieve the common goal of service to humanity and communities through tax generation.

Earlier, The Acting Executive Chairman of KADIRS, Mr Jerry Adams, said the service was the sole authority mandated to collect and account for all taxes, levies, fees, charges and rates in the state as listed in the first schedule to the Law.


Adams, represented by the KADIRS Executive Director, Revenue Operations, Dr Muhammand Lawal, gave an overview of taxes and reforms since 2015 to date in Kaduna state.

He noted that a lot of transformation and structural reforms, which cut across manual to digitisation in tax administration, had seen improvement in KADIRS operations over the years.

According to him, the transformation over the year had increased the state IGR, which ranked the state among top five in the country on IGR.

Adams, therefore, urged the citizens to imbibe voluntary tax payment, to continue enjoying development across all stratas of the state.



President Tinubu Seeks Senate Approval For Fresh $8.6billion, €100million Loans



The president made the request through a letter to the Senate, read during the plenary by the Senate President, GodsWill Akpabio, on Tuesday, noting that the fund was to execute critical projects in different sectors.

The President Bola Tinubu-led administration has sought the approval of the Nigerian Senate for $8.6billion and €100million borrowing plan.

The president made the request through a letter to the Senate, read during the plenary by the Senate President, GodsWill Akpabio, on Tuesday, noting that the fund was to execute critical projects in different sectors.

The request was said to be part of the federal government 2022-2024 external borrowing plan approved by former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, according to the letter.

Tinubu explained that the projects to be funded with the loan cuts across different sectors of the economy, and were selected based on economic evaluation and the expected contribution to the country’s development.


The letter reads in part;, “I write in respect of the above subject and to submit the attached the federal government 2022-2024 external borrowing plan for consideration and early approval of the National Assembly to ensure prompt implementation of the projects.

“The Senate may wish to note that the past administration approved a 2022-2024 borrowing plan by the federal executive council (FEC) held on May 15, 2023.

“The project cuts across all sectors, with specific emphasis on infrastructure, agriculture, health, water supply, roads, security, and employment generation as well as financial management reforms.

“Consequently, the required approval is in the sum of $8,699,168,559 and €100 million.

“I would like to underscore the fact that the projects and programmes in the borrowing plan were selected based on economic evaluations as well as the expected contribution to the social economic development of the country, including employment generation, and skills acquisition.


“Given the nature of these facilities, and the need to return the country to normalcy it has become necessary for the Senate to consider and approve the 2022- 2024 external abridged borrowing plan to enable the government deliver its responsibility to Nigerians.”

In August, the National Assembly approved President Tinubu’s request for over $800 million loan to finance the National Social Safety Network Programme.

The National Assembly had also approved the 2022 Supplementary Appropriations Act of N819 million “for the provision of Palliatives to Nigerians to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal”.

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5,000 Federal Civil Servants May Not Get November, December Salaries



There is anxiety among federal civil servants as about 5,000 of them may not get November and December salaries.

The National President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Dr Tommy Okon, who disclosed this in Abuja, urged the Federal Government to resolve the issues swiftly.

He explained that out of the 17,000 who were delisted from the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) in October 2023 are on course to receive their salaries, only those who had earlier completed their verification exercise but were mistakenly delisted have had their salaries restored.

According to him, 5,000 civil servants still have discrepancies on their date of first appointment and date of birth. A total of 2,772 have been verified and forwarded to IPPIS for payment because there were no issues.”

While advising affected civil servants to constantly check the Head of Service of the Federation website for regular updates so as not to be caught unawares, he hinted that six teams are working to ensure that the exercise is completed on time.


“It is advisable for a public servant to develop the habit of checking the HOS Website for regular updates. We have confirmed that the salary for November 2023 is concluded. Therefore, those affected will not get their salaries for November,” Okon stated.

However, he assured that some of the affected workers might likely get their salaries for December, including the arrears from September.

Okon appealed to the Federal Government through the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to expedite action to ensure that December salaries are not delayed while urging members of the union to exercise patience as everything is being done within the ambit of the laws to ensure that the issues are resolved expeditiously.

On the recent promotions examination for Directors aspiring to the office of the Permanent Secretaries, Dr Okon said such examinations will increase the efficiency of civil service being the engine room of government policies.

Indeed, the Public Service Rule (PSR) states that the selection shall be through a competitive examination process including but not limited to written examination, test of ICT proficiency and oral interview and Resource persons from the Civil/Public Service and Private institutions may be involved in the selection process.


Okon added: “It is expected that when you rise in your career as a director, you have gotten to the pinnacle of your career. Hence, the position of Permanent Secretary is another kettle of fish, which requires greater responsibility and a broader scope of competence. We are yet to understand how government projects and activities are to be driven effectively without having in place the best hands and brains.”

He lamented that over time, the Civil Service has suffered exponential decadence of its pool of highly skilled and knowledgeable officers, saying, “We cannot continue to pay lip service to the need to scale the quality of the civil servants especially those at the senior level who are expected to demonstrate impeccable character and capability to drive government projects and programmes.

“A situation where only 20 candidates out of 85 demonstrated the requisite knowledge and skill at the written examination and 18 candidates from that number made it to the final stage of the recently concluded selection exercise for the appointment of permanent secretaries leaves little to be imagined about the state of the quality of officers in the Civil Service.”

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