Governor Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State has urged the collaboration of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies in the state to enhance Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) without imposing additional burdens on the populace.

Governor Oyebanji, during a meeting in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday with the Chairman of the Internal Revenue Service and revenue-generating Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), called for cooperation. He assured the Internal Revenue Service of full government support to facilitate success in revenue generation efforts.

The governor urged the revenue-generating entities in the state to intensify their commitment and dedication to duties, emphasizing the need for increased revenue. This, he emphasized, is crucial for the government to achieve its goals of delivering democratic dividends to the people and improving their lives through the provision of essential social services.

Governor Oyebanji noted that about 85 percent of files and mails that come to his table daily are about expenditure, with none on suggestions about how to raise revenue.

“Yes, we want to increase revenue but at the same time, I don’t want to make life very hard for Ekiti people. The meeting is not about putting burden on our people but to look at areas of leakages and see where we can use technology to ensure that we promote transparency.

“Our biggest challenge is the probability of MDAs in using technology for fund generation. We still want to do cash based business for reason known to us and going forward, we may start penalising MDAs that refuse to follow laid down rules and regulations.

“We need to be frank with ourselves, and after today’s meeting, we will agree on how we are going to move forward and I will track performance. So, MDAs that are supposed to bring in revenue, we will listen to you, you can even suggest means and ways we don’t even know. But bring challenges and come with solution too.

In his remarks, Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Akintunde Oyebode, underscored the importance of enhancing the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) ranking, currently the 7th lowest among the 36 states. He emphasized the necessity of strengthening the Internal Revenue Service’s capacity to boost the state’s revenue drive.

Mr. Rufus Olatona, the Chairman of the Ekiti State Internal Revenue Service, highlighted the challenge of some individuals impersonating IRS officials, affecting the optimal performance of his office.

He assured the Governor that investigations were underway and the culprits would be held accountable.

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