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Ebonyi threatens private schools over IGR

By Nnamdi Akpa, Abakaliki
08 November 2021   |   3:17 am
Ebonyi State Government has charged private schools in the state to update their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) records without delay to avoid sanctions.

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Ebonyi State Government has charged private schools in the state to update their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) records without delay to avoid sanctions.

Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Education, Mrs. Obianuju Aloh, gave the charge at a meeting with private schools held in the Old Cabinet Office, Abakaliki.

According to her, the state government under Governor David Umahi has improved the lot of Ebonyi people, stressing that the private schools should reciprocate by paying the revenues that is due to the state government.

She advised the schools to adhere to the approved academic calendar, upgrade their infrastructure in line with the set standard, use government-approved textbooks and engage the services of qualified and trained teachers to improve the quality of education in the private schools.

The Chairman, Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Agwu Nweze, outlined fees and levies approved as IGR from private schools to include Annual Renewal/Operational Fee, Waste Management Fee, Fire Service Fee and Development Levy.

Represented by Celestine Okoro, the chairman noted that the fees and levies were contained in Ebonyi State Revenue Law 2021, and should be paid by private schools as and when due.

The State Chairman, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Kingsley Igboke, expressed joy for the meeting, which he said, gave the association the opportunity to rub minds with the government on issues bordering on private schools development.

He assured the government that the association would give it the needed support to advance the cause of education for the overall development of the state.

On the issue of IGR payment, Igboke said the private institutions would willingly pay the revenues due to government.

Members of the association will continue to train and re-train their teachers, improve on their infrastructure, use textbooks approved by the government and maintain clean learning environment, he pledged.

Revenue officers, NAPPS members and other critical stakeholders in the state’s education sector attended the meeting.

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