Worried about the instability of its Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, over the years, Bauchi State Government has warned revenue collecting officers in the state of sharp corrupt practices that would sabotage efforts to streamline revenues into the coffers of the state.
Alhaji Mu’azu Usman, Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Board of Internal Revenue Service, said this during an Anti-Corruption Lecture the board organized in collaboration with the ICPC.
He said revenue collecting officers found embezzling public funds would not be spared, adding that appropriate mechanisms are on the ground to ensure that erring officers are made to face the full wrath of the law.
The Executive Chairman said the aim of the lecture is to devise means of blocking revenue leakage to maximize resources to be channeled to improve the living conditions of the people.
Participants identified under declaration of revenue collected, bribery, overpayment of tax, and ghost workforce to be some of the common areas aiding corrupt practices in revenue-generating agencies.
A report released by Bugit last year shows that between 2016 to 2020, Bauchi State’s IGR dwindled between N8.68bn to N12.50bn. The report further indicated that the ‘year-on-year’ Bauchi IGR growth stood at 6.89 percent.
In an exhaustive investigation, WikkiTimes uncovered how Makkah Eye Specialist Hospital shortchanged Bauchi State Government of revenue amounting to millions of naira.