Abia State government has flagged off the tax payers’ identification number project aimed at transforming the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) profile of the state.
At the ceremony at the Executive Council Chambers, Government House in Umuahia, capital of the state, Governor Theodore Orji, charged the Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) to invigorate the internally generated revenue profile of the state.
He said that the BIR was at the forefront of the battle to raise money for the state, noting that the allocation to the state from the federation is not enough to pay salaries and engage in capital projects.
The governor said the only salvation for the state was to look inwards, arguing that the resources are in the state but needed to be tapped.
According to him, the programme would be seen to be a success only when the revenue profile of the state has increased.