The outgoing Permanent Secretary and Chairman, Taraba state Board of Internal Revenue, Alhaji Adamu Sani Kona, is the first in the history of the Board to generate over N4.1 Billion naira as internally generated revenue, (IGR).
In his address, the Chairman of the Association, Comrade Manthy Felix, the achievement has impacted positively on the Rescue Agenda of Governor Darius Ishaku, hence the need to award the Chairman who was also the first to meet the budgetary provision of the Board.
Mentioning the areas in which the Permanent Secretary has made an impact, Felix listed the areas of Staff welfare, training, development and capacity building, staff motivation, early promotion of all deserving workers, payment of bonuses, provision of office accommodation in Mutum Biyu and Karim, to be areas he has made an impact.
Others include furniture and equipment, procurement of utility vehicles, provision of laptops, which improve staff capacity in the area of ICT.
According to the Chairman, “this privileges and commitment by the Permanent Secretary accounted for or are the key motivators and reasons why we were able to meet our budgetary target .“
While eulogizing the outgoing Chairman, the Director of Assessment of the Board, described Kona as one who has the interest of others at heart, a generous personality, and a professional administrator who within a year transformed into an astute taxman.
While responding, the Outgoing Chairman of the Board and celebrant, Alhaji Adamu Sani Kona, stated that he was humbled by the award and that whatever he did was in the interest of service and posterity. He also expressed his gratitude saying when he leaves, he will remain grateful for the rest of his life.
According to Kona, the parameters for measuring success was money and that they were justified when revenue grows.
Highlights of the occasion included cultural dance display by the Arts Council and a full participation of staff of the Board across the entire state and beyond. Also in attendance were top government functionaries, politicians and well-wishers who thronged the conference hall to celebrate with the Chairman.
Alhaji Adamu Sani Kona is expected to bow out of the scene in a month’s time on retirement.