Ayabam, a man of accountability and transparency, says Benue lawmaker

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Nigerian Concord Newspaper

A member of the Benue State House of Assembly, Hon. Dominic Ucha, today described the executive chairman of the BIRS, Mr. Andrew Ayabam, as a man of accountability and transparency.

Ucha, a member of the House Committee on Finance, said this when he came with other members of the committee on a familiarization visit to Ayabam at the BIRS Corporate Headquarters in Makurdi.

According to Ucha, Mr. Ayabam’s second coming has restored hope, rekindled the mind of Benue people and ensured more accountability.

He however urged the BIRS to explore ways of generating revenue from the sale of Sharp Sand from the Benue River bank.

Similarly, another committee member, Hon. Terwase Aondoakaa, advised the Revenue Adminstration body to see possible ways of generating more revenue from the Makurdi Modern Market as to improve the Internally Generated Revenue of the state.

The Chairman, Finance Committee of the Benue State House of Assembly Hon. Abbas Akoso, in his address charged the Board of Internal Revenue Service BIRS) under the Chairmanship of Mr. Andrew Ayabam to be transparent, Objective and Accountable while generating revenue for the state.

Hon. Akoso earlier congratulated Mr. Ayabam on his appointment to head the state tax body, considering his great antecedents and past records stating the he has really proven to be the trusted best man to work with to achieve the set goals.

He said: “The aim of our visit is to first familiarize with the staff and management of BIRS so as to have first hand knowledge of its operation/ activities. We are here to partner with you to enable you succeed”

He also maintained that they are not there to witch hunt the revenue body as they are willing to assist in proffering solutions to the challenges of BIRS.

Responding, the BIRS Chairman Mr. Andrew Ayabam, assured the legislators of his commitment of revamping the tax body to its enviable position, Introduce innovative tax reforms so that farmers can get value for their products. He added that the governor has approved the engagement of 375 contract staff, while the revenue service has gazetted 10 legal Check points across the state with 200Revenue collection points.

Regrettably, the BIRS highlighted illegal road block, multiple taxation as some of the challenges facing the revenue service saying the management shall continue to work relentless so as to meet global best practices in tax administration.