The Gombe State governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has inaugurated a Revenue Recovery Tribunal to curb tax evasion and boost internal revenue generation.
Speaking while inaugurating the tribunal, Governor Yahaya said the tribunal would encourage the Gombe Internal Revenue Service (GIRS) to boost its revenue base and provide the needed resources to the state government, in order to fast-track social and economic development.
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The governor revealed that the tribunal is empowered with the mandate to enhance speedy adjudication of revenue matters such as levies, taxes, charges, penalties and fines due to the state and local government councils.
He said: “An issue of great concern is the disturbing corrupt attitude and habits of revenue collectors; a lot of revenue is being lost as a result of nonchalant attitude and corrupt tendencies of tax collectors.
“It is my belief that the tribunal will take necessary steps to address these issues and support the GIRS in its bid to generate more revenue for the development of the state.”
Chairman of the tribunal, Muhammad Jungudo, said part of the mandate is to settle disputes arising from the operations of the State Revenue Law and any other related regulations.