By Perez Brisibe
UGHELLI—Delta State Board of Internal Revenue, DBIR, in January 2017, recorded N6.2 billion as Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, making it the highest the state has recorded in the last 16 months.
The IGR for the state has been hovering between N3 billion and N4 billion before the resumption of hostilities on oil and gas facilities in the state last year, leading to a decline in the state’s IGR to a N2 billion average.
Chevron’s Agbami FPSO
Details of the state’s January IGR reveal that the bulk of the N6.2 billion was realised from tax payment from Chevron Nigeria Limited.
Confirming the increase in the IGR, a member of the board, while highlighting the board’s constraints, lamented the low level of vehicular mobility in reaching outstations as one of the major factors bedevilling the board in the discharge of its duties.
The board member who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “Though we have been working quietly behind the scene to ensure that assessments are properly done and adequate taxes collected in the past 16 months since the inauguration of the board, our work has been limited by several factors such as mobility and the yet to be constituted committees within the board.”