Tarabans have been called upon to cultivate positive attitudes in the payment of taxes to boost revenue generation in the state to augment the Federal government Allocation to the state which has been on the decline.
The call was made by the Permanent Secretary/Chairman of Taraba State Board of Internal Revenue TBOIR, Adamu Sani Kona recently in his office while speaking to journalists on the importance of sensitising people of the state on the need to imbibe the spirit of tax payment to support the laudable projects embarked upon by the present administration led by the Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku under the Rescue Agenda.
Adamu Sani Kona maintained that tax payment is imperative if Tarabans wants the present administration to provide them with the basic necessities of life, such as portable drinking water, qualitative education, vibrant health services and motorable roads among others that will better the lives of the people, including those at the grassroots.
He disclosed that it has become a matter of urgency for the board to reinvigorate with a view to developing new and convincing strategies that would motivate the people to pay taxes to support the present wind of change.
He explained that the call is necessary following the dwindling resources as a result of fall in the price of crude oil in the international market.
Accordingly, the Permanent Secretary said the Sabongari giangantic water Project, Magami road, Kona Dual carriageway, completion of Bali to Gembu road, feasibility study as well as the design of Marraraban Baissa to Abong road would speedily be completed and new ones initiated.
Adamu Sani Kona explained that the issue of tax payment which is a civic duty on every Nigerian was de-emphasised in the past because the economy of the country was at its best with states getting sufficient monthly Allocation, excess crude Allocation and the Ecological fund Allocation among other funds.
He however lamented that it is only the monthly subvention, which is dropping every month that is being given, saying that the allocation cannot even pay salaries nor adequately fund projects that have direct impact on the lives of the people.
He disclosed that modalities are being fashioned out on how best the state can stand on its own without depending on monthly subvention from the Federal Government, stressing that the state government is working frantically to explore areas such as coffee production, woeing genuine investors to come and take advantage of the Baissa Timber company, Mining, Greenhouse farm, all season rice farming and beef production among other money spinning ventures.
Speaking further, the Permanent Secretary stated that the bold step taken by the Chief Rescuer in overhauling the Mambila Beverages Production Company, producers of highland tea is yielding results and averred that the Board is determined to support the Rescue Agenda of the present administration to achieve its lofty ideas.
Adamu Sani Kona challenged all MDAs in the state to be apt in their remittance as the present administration is not ready to condone any form of negligence arising from lack of dedication to duty and reiterated the Board’s readiness to work for the development and progression of the state.