CITAD, Bauchi State partner to improve IGR

A non-governmental organization, the Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has expressed its willingness to partner with the Bauchi State Board of Internal Revenue to improve the state’s internally-generated revenue (IGR).  The state coordinator of  CITAD, Mallam Isa Garba, stated this during an advocacy visit to the Bauchi State Board of Internal Revenue.
Mal. Garba said CITAD has arrived to support the board and advise it on ways that can help improve the state’s IGR for effective development.
He suggested that the board should conduct survey on the fees charged for vehicle particulars in neighboring states, specifically Jigawa and Kano, to ascertain any variation in the charges and take possible measures to motivate the citizens to renew their particulars in the state.
The CITAD coordinator also urged the board to create a data base for all vehicles registered under the board for keeping track of the times that vehicle particulars are due for renewal and be sending reminders to the owners via messages and emails.
Garba pointed out that there is the need to intensify media campaigns to enlighten the public on the economic, social and security benefits of the exercise.
He said that the board should also look for ways of reaching out to vehicle owners and liaise with transport unions for cooperation.
The acting Chairman of the board, Alhaji Yakubu Isa, commended the efforts of CITAD for the proposal of partnership.
“This comes at the right time. We will be glad to welcome a proposal from you that will guide and complement our efforts in generating revenue for the economic development of the state.
“I expect you to come up with observations and suggestions that will effectively contribute and made impact on the revenue generation drive in the state so the citizens can benefit from its economy,” he said.