Oct 12, 2011 – FCTA Abuja To Establish Internal Revenue Board To Cordinate Taxes Collection
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) will soon establish an Internal Revenue Board to coordinate the collection of taxes in Abuja, FCT Minister Bala Mohammed has said.
The minister disclosed this when he received the Senate Committee on FCT, led by its Chairman, Smart Adeyemi.
He said that the FCTA would soon put in place an appropriate legal framework for the board’s establishment, adding that the board would be useful in generating the needed revenue that would enable the administration to provide quality public service delivery.
He said that the administration had many priority projects, adding that the major constraint, however, remained the generation of adequate revenue that would enable the FCT to be self-sustaining.
“The FCT needs more projects in transportation and education, as well as in the development of the area councils,” he said. “These projects are critical to our existence.”
The minister urged the National Assembly to promptly pass pending FCT bills, particularly the one on the establishment of FCT Service Board, adding that the agency would protect the interests of public servants in the FCT.
Mohammed said that public servants in the FCT were currently functioning under the aegis of the FCT minister, adding that such arrangement was somewhat hindering the career development of the public servants.
Earlier, Adeyemi promised to expedite action on the passage of all FCT bills pending before the National Assembly so as to engender the smooth development of the territory.
He noted that the establishment of the internal revenue board was long overdue, hence the need for a bill to back its establishment. “The board will make people who have mansions and commercial buildings to pay appropriate taxes which will help the city to be self-sustaining,” he said.(Daily Times)