Edo trains 200 tax managers to boost revenue generation drive
• To upskill 5000 technicians yearly
The Edo State government has trained 200 tax managers in the state to boost its tax generation drive. The governor, Godwin Obaseki said his government was determined to revolutionise the state’s tax administration and improve revenue generation systems to ensure delivery of government’s promise of making Edo great again.
This is just as the governor, who was on tour of facilities at the Government Science and Technical College (GSTC) Phase 2 at the weekend, also said the state’s newly rebuilt technical college would train over 5,000 technicians yearly upon completion.
He said his government was committed to transforming the education sector and ensuring the right atmosphere for human capital development.
Obaseki, who said at the flag-off of a five-day training workshop for 200 tax relationship managers and officers at the Government House in Benin City, stated that the newly appointed revenue collectors would ensure that tax assessments generated are effectively served to taxpayers across the state’s 18 local government councils and assessments are acceptable with payments made accordingly.
The governor said the programme, tagged ‘Project Reset’, is a new and improved approach to tax administration in Edo State, noting that those trained would help the state in data and information collection for adequate economic planning.
Obaseki said: “We are resetting the economic landscape of Edo State; we have about 1,000 enumerators who go round to help us collect data across the state.
“They are helping us collect information and data for economic planning. These people are beyond revenue collectors or revenue agents alone; they have a lot of information and technology to help the government know what is going on, what is to be done, the pressures on people and the communities.
“This is important so that we can bring more people into the tax net. The project is unique as I am not sure that there is any other state in Nigeria that is doing this today. It is about citizens’ participation; their existence is not only in revenue collection but also to help the government get feedback on how to improve the lives of the people.”
One of the project coordinators for the programme and Managing Director of Edo State Geographic Information Service (EDOGIS), Francis Evbuomwan, said the programme was the beginning of a new dawn for tax collection in Edo State. He said land use charge was a development tax, which the government would channel to the areas it was generated. All these, he said, were some of the details that would be taken out to the public and letting them know why they have to support the government by paying their taxes.
On the training of technicians, the governor said: “Our teachers have to be trained and retrained to fit into the system that we are creating. We are lucky, as the Federal Government has approved that the former College of Education in Ekiadolor be transformed into Federal College of Technical Education to train teachers who will teach in technical schools. This will ensure that we have adequate manpower to man all the technical schools that we are creating in the State.
“This project is dear to our heart as an administration. We want to build and rebuild technical education in the state as a means of ensuring that people find jobs when they finish school.”
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