By CrossRiverWatch admin
Authorities in Akamkpa Local Government area are excited over the launch of an improved approach to revenue collection using PoS (Point of Sale) devices. This improved approach will help to curb leakages in revenue collection, boost internally generated revenue and provide the necessary funding for projects within the LGA.
On 25th May 2015, the Local Government Chairman, Hon. Joseph Itotup, launched the POS (Point of Sale) collection after previously signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Smartgov.CRGS to deploy this improved solution which automates revenue collection in the business environment of the LG.
This reform has been executed in collaboration with the Program, Growth and Employment in States (GEMS3) – which is funded by the UK Department for International Development.
It will be noted that this development is one outcome of a series of engagements, facilitated by GEMS3, with the private sector in Akamkpa local government aimed at harmonizing taxes and sensitizing tax payers to reduce issues such as double and illegal taxation and to thereby strengthen socio-economic growth in the region.
The council revenue collectors and information officers were also engaged in a week long training prior to the official launch on the new harmonized levies and charges bye-law, how to operate the POS machine and information and complaint resolution skills to improve their efficiency in performing their duties.
Speaking at the official launch of the POS approach to revenue collection, the Chairman of Akamkpa LG, Hon. Joseph Itotup re-stated his commitment to providing tax for service projects in the LG, for which he lauded the support provided by GEMS3 and Smartgov.CRSG as this will help to provide much needed funds for the development of public services.
Also speaking at the official launch of the POS approach to revenue collection, the State Manager GEMS3, Chief Geraldine Oku, represented by the Tax Coordinator, Okon Nnoeyi said GEMS3 works with private and public stakeholders at national, state and LGA levels to build and deliver a systematic framework that helps to make it easier to do business in Nigeria, leading to lasting improvements in economic opportunities for the poor, especially women and also aims to leave sustainable working systems as part of its legacy, making Nigeria a better place to do business for inclusive growth.