Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Firs Rakes in N2.8 Trillion Tax Revenue

Benin City — EXECUTIVE Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Services, FIRS, and Chairman, Joint Tax Board, Mrs Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru, yesterday, said that tax collection in the country increased from N1.194 trillion in 2004 to N2.839 trillion in 2010 through the application of Information Communication Technology, ICT.

She said the figure was an increse of between 337 and 247 per cent in the period. She added that registered tax-payers in FIRS data base had increased to over 700,000 from less than 100,000, in 2004.

She spoke at the 2nd Edo State Technology Day 2011, with the theme "Repositioning Edo State Using Technology."

Other dignitaries who spoke at the event, included the chairman of the event, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State; Governor Adams Oshiomhole and representative of the National Communications Commission, NCC.

Gov. Oshiomhole, in his address, assured that the state government will sustain the event yearly.

According to him, "in the last two years, we had developed and implemented a number of ICT solutions across various spheres of governance, including personnel and pension administration, payroll management, revenue administration, fiscal governance as well as data management."

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