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The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has said his government is determined to revolutionise the state’s tax administration and improve its revenue generation systems so as to ensure the delivery of the government’s promise of making Edo great again.
Obaseki disclosed this during the flag-off of a 5-day training workshop for 200 Tax Relationship Managers and Officers at the Government House in Benin City.
The newly appointed revenue collectors will ensure that tax assessments generated are effectively served to taxpayers across the state’s 18 local government councils, ensuring that the assessments are acceptable and 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 will help the State in data and information collection for adequate economic planning.
Obaseki said: “We are resetting the economic landscape of Edo State; we had about 1,000 enumerators 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.”
The governor continued: “With this system, we will now streamline the process. People will be registered with tax identity cards (IDs), pa