From Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
The Plateau State Internal Revenue Service (PSIRS) on Tuesday said it has generated N6.269 billion as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) between January and June this year.
Chairman of PSIRS, Mr Dashe Arlat, made the disclosure in an interview with journalists in Jos, the state capital.
Arlat, who commended the staff for their hardwork, described the half year collection as ‘very huge’ and ‘encouraging’ considering the economic situation of the country.
He said that revenue (N6.269bn) collected within the first half of the year was a sharp contrast to N5.19 billion collected in the corresponding period of 2017.
The chairman expressed optimism that with impressive feat achieved so far, “there is the tendency that we might be able to meet this year’s revenue target of N13 billion”.
“Looking back at N5.19 billion we generated during the same period under review in 2017, we have an increase of about N1.07 billion this year”, he explained.
The PSIRS boss said that the N6. 269 billion IGR garnered within the six months of the year was the highest ever in the history of the PSIRS.
Arlat commended the staff of the service for an impressive collection in spite of the difficult condition at which they work.
He said that the feat was achieved following great improvements in collection of the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and levies and charges by the MDAs and the PSIRS.