NewsReel 8/4/2014: Speech By Gov. Orji On The Occasion of The Inauguration of Committees On Fees & Levies And State Revenue Summit, Held At The Exco Chambers, April 7, 2014.

[ Masterweb Reports: From Abia State ]Distinguished ladies and gentlemen; I am very pleased to be here to inaugurate these two related committees – 1) The Committee on Fees and Levies, 2) The Committee on State Revenue Summit.
 
 
These two Committees are very urgent and important for our State at this time, especially if our State will stabilize and sustain our growing economy, and raise sufficient internally generated revenue (IGR) to support the implementation of our 2014 Appropriation Budget.
 
                                                     
Just last week when I signed into law, our 2014 budget of N115.3 billion, I emphasized the importance of achieving our IGR target, if we are to reach our other financial targets in that budget.      
                                                     
 
It is to drive this budget and to sustain the future prosperity of our State, that I today inaugurate these two important committees.
 
 
The Committee on Fees and Levies which is made up of 15 eminent citizens, and under the Chairmanship of Chief Udochukwu G. Ogbonna (Chairman, Board of Internal Revenue), - will be responsible for reviewing the fees and levies collectible in Abia State – to ensure proficiency and easy compliance.
 
 
The report of this Committee will be further reviewed by the second Committee on State Revenue Summit, made up of 13 eminent Abians, - under the Chairmanship of Dr Philips Nto, -the State Commissioner of Finance.
 
 
The Committee on State Revenue Summit is to act as the interface between our Government and the tax-paying community in Abia State – to ensure that a formidable new road map and an appropriate tax-regime are reached to the delight of our citizens. These we believe will ensure equitable taxation and easier collection.
 
 
It is my belief that with the work of these two committees, efficiently executed, the implementation of our bank-lodgment policy and no-cash collection by intermediaries, - our State will be on the right direction to attaining a robust IGR collection, not just for now, but for the future.
 
 
As I inaugurate these two committees, I charge you to perform your assignment with utmost integrity, and with collaboration with the relevant tax-paying community. Yours is a call for service and not for self-enrichment, and you must certainly not fail our people.
 
 
May God bless you as you serve!                                                                                                        
 
Thank you.
 
 
 
*Photo Caption – Governor T. A. Orji
 
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