Edo deploys big data for tax administration as monthly IGR hits N2.8b
Sensitises lawyers on health insurance
The Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration has deployed big data to optimise tax administration in Edo State, leading to increase in individual data capture of taxpayers from 160,000 in 2017 to 519,543 as at May 2021.
The state’s monthly Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) stood at N2.8b from N1.6b in 2017, making the state second to Lagos State in number of taxpayers with Tax Identification Number (TIN).
Executive Chairman of Edo State Internal Revenue Service (EIRS), Nidu Inneh, disclosed this in a paper titled: Taxation, Rule Of Law And Voluntary Compliance: Role Of The Nigerian Bar Association, presented during the 2021 NBA Law Week in Benin City.
“Our individual data capture has risen from 160,000 in 2017 to 519,453 and Edo now ranks second behind Lagos in number of taxpayers with TIN.
“The state’s IGR has also grown from pre-2017 five-year monthly average of N1.6b to Q1 2021 monthly average of N2.8b,” he said.
MEANWHILE, the state government has urged the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to take advantage of government’s health insurance scheme to access quality and affordable health services.
Director-General, Edo State Health Insurance Commission, Dr. Rock Amegor, said this while addressing members of NBA in Benin City at a sensitisation programme, noting that the government was passionate about sustaining ongoing reforms in the health sector.
He said: “Edo State Health Insurance Scheme’s mandate includes providing access to quality and affordable healthcare to all residents of Edo State regardless of their economic or financial status, which will help them to reduce out-of-pocket spending on healthcare.
“The scheme has plans for everyone, regardless of their social or professional pedigree. The Equity Health Plan (EHP) has provision for vulnerable persons in society, while the Student Health Plan (SHP) is for students in tertiary institutions,” he stated.
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