Ministry of Trade and Commerce, raises N670 Million tax, wins ‘AiRS Most Supportive MDA Award’

By Anulika Ekweozor | I-Witness

Numerous record breaking achievements on internal revenue generation and remittances of the ministry of Trade and Commerce in Anambra state have been recognized by the state Internal Revenue Service(AiRS).

The board observed that the ministry raised for the year ended December, 2020 a total of about N670m which according to the Chairman of the Board, Dr. David Nzekwu was the biggest from any MDA in the state in the year under review.

Speaking on the award, the Honourable Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Sir Uche Okafor Wiper thanked Governor Willie Obiano for the opportunity to serve the state in that regard.

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Hon. Okafor observed that the feat was made possible because of the peace that reigns in all the markets and cordial relationship that exists between the staff of the ministry and AiRS.

‘ Before now, our business premise’s offices in various LGAs were dormant. People collect the levies and pocket same. We revived them. We secured the partnership of plaza owners in the state which helped push the IGR of the ministry up’.

” Inspite of last year’s challenges ranging from the outbreak of coronovirus, EndSARS protests and others, we were able to raise for the state about N670m. Previously, the ministry recorded for four years about N270m. It is our hope to improve on the figure this year by blocking leakages in our internal revenue generation and remittance’

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In conclusion, he appreciated the staff of the ministry for leading the exercises and AiRS officials for doing a thorough job.

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