CITN urges legislative houses to get committees on taxation
CITN National President, Mr. Kunle Quadri, made the call over the weekend in Uyo at the opening ceremony of the first Mandatory Professional Training Programme (MPTP), organised by the Uyo district of the body.
Quadri said that the aim was to ensure that adequate attention was given to taxation as a major source of government revenue.
"CITN is convinced that the existence of this committee in the National Assembly would have ensured speedy passage of the existing tax bills," Quadri said.
He noted that it would have been the responsibility of the committee to review taxation matters and bring them up from time to time.
He said that taxpayers had abdicated their role as good citizens because of the disconnection between the citizens and the government.
Quadri urged governments at all levels to judiciously apply the funds generated.
"Leaders should show good sense of transparency and accountability in order to earn the required trust from followers," Quadri emphasised.
The Akwa Ibom Commissioner for Finance, Mr Bassey Akpan, said that the state government was ready to partner with the institute to improve its internally generated revenue.
Akpan, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs Cecilia Umoessien, said that the state government had computerised its internal revenue service and that payment of taxes was online.
The District Chairman of the institute, Etubom Essien Etim, said that his district had 150 members and promised to work toward making the state government to grant autonomy to the State Board of Internal Revenue.