Houses, shops destroyed in fire outbreak in Plateau
Revenue board targets N17billion
Many houses and shops were destroyed on Saturday in a fire outbreak in Kufang, in Jos South Local Council area of Plateau State.
The fire, which was caused by a power surge, started when the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JED) supplied very high current to the neighbourhood.
Narrating their ordeal, some of those whose property were burnt in the inferno, urged the state government to come to their rescue.
A landlord in the area, Monday Danboyi, lauded the fire service officials for their prompt response and thanked God that no life was lost in the unfortunate incident.
According to him, when he saw the community struggling to quench the fire, he “rushed to the Nigerian Air Force Fire Service unit, which responded in less than 10 minutes.”
One of the victims lamented that he lost property worth over N23 million. “It was a very great loss, which destroyed our equipment and training sections. I don’t know where to start from again, except government intervenes to bring back our businesses.”
Meanwhile, the state’s Board of Internal Revenue has projected to collect N17 billion in 2017.
The Chairman of the Board, Mr. Arlat Dashe, disclosed this when he spoke on the state Radio Television (PRTV) programmes on Saturday.
Dashe announced that the board collected N9.01billion in 2016, which it would use to recruit 300 people to enumerate houses and taxable adults.
He explained that despite the fact that the state was ranked among the best in revenue collection, there was the need to create more awareness through tax dedication, jingles and road shows.
He said the board would generate revenue through informal sectors like agriculture, commerce, transport, hospitality and education.
However, those who called to ask questions in the programme urged the state to address the issue of multiple taxes.