KGIRS : This man changed the narrative and gave tax administration a success story of effective revenue collection and tax payers compliance in Kogi State —Step out for grand recognition and ovation,Alhaji Sule Salihu Enehe, the Executive Chairman,KGIRS, with a midas touch. By Otori Ozigi.

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It goes without saying that when a square peg is grounded in a square hole, the desired positive result is as certain as the sun coming out from the blue sky in early part of the day.

The above natural scenario is the moving storyline of the new repositioned KGIRS in the last couple of years since the new face of tax administration in Kogi State,Alhaj Sule Salihu,Enehe, assumed duty as the ,3rd Executive Chairman of the revenue service.

Recall that his well deserved appointment was a product of a rigorous and painstaking headhunting exercise by the immediate past Executive Governor of Kogi State,Alhah Yahaya Adoza Bello , who was searching for a competent , knowledgeable, experienced and a capacity driven thorough bred professional with high integrity to watch over the service.

Eventually,the lot fell on Alhaji Sule, as the ideal man to pull the service out of a history of disappointing and miserable IGR monthly performance in the neighborhood of 750 million naira under a low performing acting Chairman of the service.

Since his appointment in November 2021,Alhaji Sule had justified the total and unalloyed confidence reposed in him by all the stakeholders in the tax sector in Kogi State.

A chartered accountant turned tax administrator with hand on the Job internal experience,Alhaji Sule quickly changed the narrative as the service recorded no fewer than N1.5B IGR in the month of December, barely a month in the saddle.

That history of heartwarming IGR monthly performance have remained the natural defining feature and byword of KGIRS till date.

Everybody in the sector have been clapping for the new face of tax administration in the state uptill this moment.

In terndem with his reputation,Alhaji Sule posted about 18 billion naira IGR in 2022.

He took the notch higher in 2023 with a record breaking performance in the neighborhood of N23B IGR in 2023.

This current year the service was projected to rake in an ambitious IGR Performance in the neighborhood of N30.4B as captured in 2024 budget.

To achieve this target,Alhaji Sule is highly determined and working assiduously with his crack team of tax administrators in the field to deliver on the target.

They have deployed both new technology and a hardworking human capital manpower in the service to ensure an achievement of the set target for 2024.

A visit to the headquarters of the service any day of the week would witness a very busy schedule of all and Sundry, as everyone is working very hard to justify the new enabling environment provided by the Executive Chairman, who was formerly the Director Tax audit and Compliance with the service, before his well deserved appointment to seat at the top of the Revenue House headquarters in Lokoja,the state capitol.

This independent Journalist is an experienced hand, who knows the whole history of the service since the days of the defunct Board of Internal Revenue till date.

Recall that the then board was posting a paltry and miserable IGR of 300million naira averagely before the coming into office by the immediate past governor,Akhaji Yahaya Bello in 2016.who repositioned the board for a better record of service befitting the State.

True, the success story began immediately as the service started recording IGR in the neighborhood of N1.5B throughout the 8 glorious years of FGYB..

When they tell you that Alhaji Yahaya Bello was a failure show them his success story in tax administration in the last 8 years in office.

We really on facts and figures to silence his armchair critics and unrepentant political enemies.

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