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We’ll leverage on AI to boost IGR – NSIRS boss

From Esther Akaa, Lafia

The Nasarawa State Board of Internal Revenue (NSIRS), says it would leverage on Artificial Intelligence (AI), in order to boost the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

The Voice reports that artificial intelligence is the use of computer systems to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence.

The Chairman of NSIRS, Ahmed Muhammad disclosed this when he received awards of excellence as the Information  and Communication Technology (ICT) Man of the Year and Agency of ICT awards presented to him by  the Nasarawa State Bureau of  Information and Communication Technology (BICT) on Thursday in Lafia.

According to him, the application of artificial intelligence will help block leakages and prevent human interference in the revenue collection processes of the state.

He said the board has already  deployed necessary ICT machineries to monitor payment online, real time to encourage compliance with tax payment in the state.

“We came into office four years ago and  realised that there were things we needed to do to improve revenue generation in the state. We, therefore, automated our process to block leakages. There were several loopholes where revenues were lost and the only way to do that was through the use of ICT.

“We deployed all the machineries to ensure that our staff were ICT compliant. We deployed the central billing system in both the state, zonal and area tax offices to ensure that all our staff are ICT compliant.

“We monitor our payment online real time and our tax payers can make payments in the comfort of their homes, using their phones and bank application,” he said.

The chairman appreciated the BICT for finding him and the board worthy of the awards, describing the gesture as the best he had received so far.

He assured that the board would continue to make use of ICT tools in revenue collection, assuring of his commitment to partner BITC, in order to move the state forward.

Speaking during the presenting of the  awards, Director General, BICT, Shehu Ibrahim, lauded the commitment, innovation and dedication of the board  towards the use of ICT in running the operation of the board geared towards revenue generation in the state.

The DG said the application of ICT tools in revenue generation has led to a growth of over N16.8 billions and an   expanded data bank of registered tax payers from 22,161 in 2018 to 345,729 as at 2021.

He noted that Governor Abdullahi Sule had since advocated the use of technology as a tool for development, ensuring that the state provides the right atmosphere for the growth of technology in the state.

“The award of ICT Man of the Year 2021 is presented to you for the effective use of technology which has produced a positive influence on productivity, revenue growth and competitiveness, demonstrating technology to not only improve the efficient use of labour, but releases the true capital potential within the organisation.

“As ICT grows, we hope that our dear state will continue to be at the forefront and with the upcoming Artificial Intelligence Summit 23rd – 25th March, 2022, we pray other organisations in Nasarawa State will take up the challenge and take their ICT deliverables to another level,” he said.

Also speaking, Chairman, Conferences of Nigeria Computer Society, Ayodeji  Abitogun appreciated NSIRS boss for   transforming the wealth of the state using ICT tools.

“We partner key stakeholders at the state and local government levels to drive IT at the grassroot.

“We have been working with BITC  in Nasarawa State to identify the usage of IT in driving revenue in the state and we noticed that you have transformed the wealth of the state and has increased the revenue base of the state through ICT.

“You have also captured a lot of tax payers into the tax net and we are happy and willing to partner with you,” he said.

He, therefore, called on the state to participate and support the upcoming Artificial Intelligence Summit  scheduled to hold on 23–25 March, 2022 in the state.

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