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

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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.

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Breaking news: Minimum Wage: Labour rejects FG’s N54,000 offer

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The organised labour has rejected the Federal Government N54,000 new minimum wage proposal.

 

According to reliable source, the meeting on the ongoing negotiations on new minimum wage has been adjourned till Wednesday after the organised labour.

 

Media report has it that the Federal Government upped its offer from its earlier proposed N48,000 to N54,000.

Tuesday’s meeting came as a result of the walkout staged by members of the organised labour following the proposal of N48,000 as minimum wage by the Federal Government during last week’s meeting.

During that meeting, the OPS had also proposed N54,000 while labour insisted on its N615,000 living wage demand.

Our correspondent who spoke to sources who attended the follow-up meeting on Tuesday learnt that the Federal Government upped its offer from N48,000 to N54,000.

“Well, during the meeting, the government increased its offer from N48,000 to N54,000. However, labour rejected that offer and the meeting has been adjourned till Wednesday,” a source who asked not to be named said.

When asked if the government’s side was showing any sign of seriousness, the labour leader said, “No seriousness at all. Even state governors did not show up. Those who represented them, like Bauchi and Niger states, did not have the mandates to speak on their behalf.

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Junior Pope betrayed me repeatedly – Yul Edochie

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Nollywood actor Yul Edochie has claimed that his late colleague, Junior Pope, betrayed him repeatedly despite his being there for him in his times of need.

 

According to Edochie, it was the reason he shunned the late actor’s burial in Enugu State on Friday.

 

He said he wanted to wait till after Junior Pope’s burial before he reveal how the late actor betrayed him.

He promised the full story of how Junior Pope betrayed him soon.

On his Instagram story, Edochie wrote: “I didn’t want to say anything till after his burial. I know many asked why I wasn’t there. Why I haven’t said anything about it since.

“I took him like a brother & good friend. I was there for him when he needed me. But he stabbed me in the back repeatedly. That’s life!

“I’ll drop the full details soon so others can learn from it.

“Be careful what you wish people, it could come to you.”

Recall that Junior Pope died on April 10, 2024, alongside three others after their boat capsized on the Anam River in Anambra State while returning from a film location.

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