By Jovitta Iorshase
The Executive Chairman, Benue State Board of Internal Revenue Service (BIRS), Mr Andrew Ayabam, has reassured that the board is still committed to clamping down on illegal tax collectors in the state.
Ayabam made this known recently at his office in Makurdi, when The Voice’s newly appointed Editor, Mr Solomon Ayado paid him a familiarization visit. Mr Ayabam who said the issue of persistent illegal tax operators on the roads despite arrests was worrisome however, they are not deterred, as the board will continue to fish them out, arrest and prosecute them with the help of security agencies and the courts.
He said, “the presence of security alone was not enough to stop criminality, since a lot of people would want to improve on the game and continue it despite efforts from BIRS and law enforcement to curb the menace.”
He however, assured that they will overcome the challenge as already, over 400 cases on the matter have been heard in magistrate courts. He called on all to support in the fight by giving information.
Speaking further, Ayabam congratulated the Editor with a charge to deliver on his mandate. “Yes BIRS will continue to partner with The Voice and I commend the paper’s consistency over the past one year,” he said.
Earlier, The Voice Editor, Mr Solomon Ayado commended him for the audience, partnership and suggested the inclusion of strategic news, features and critical analysis on revenue and tax collection to give the Board deeper reportage on its activities and achievements.
Mr Ayado also called for synergy between The Voice and BIRS’ information unit to provide information that will aid robust coverage of the board’s activities.