In a bid to boost the revenue base of the government, Osun State Board of Internal Revenue Service has absorbed 100 of its revenue marshals into the service of the state.
The revenue board had secured the approval of Governor Rauf Aregbesola in absorbing the revenue marshals into the service of the state government.
The newly recruited revenue marshals were selected across the 30 Local Government Councils of the state including the Area office, Modakeke based on their performance in revenue generation in the last year.
It would be recalled that they were recruited as revenue marshals to assist the board in generating revenue for the state for its growth and developmental projects.
Addressing the newly recruited revenue staff at a three day intensive training programme held in Osogbo, yesterday, the Board’s Director of Finance and Strategy, Mr. Oluyemi Oni, said the essence of the training was to give the newly employed tax marshals basic knowledge of revenue generation and tax assessment of the people.
The training he added will brace them up in principles of taxation that will aid them to diligently discharge their duties.
He explained that those recruited were absorbed into grade levels 06 and 08 base on their educational qualifications adding that many of them were NCE, OND, HND, B.SCS and Masters Degree holders.
According to him, “now that 100 trainees have been absorbed into the Board, they would soon be integrated into the state civil service, as another batch of the staff would be recruited from the remaining revenue marshals.
“As part of efforts to improve on the state IGR, the board had to secure the approval of the government to absorb 100 officers into the board as staffs so as to assist the state in its quest to improve on its revenue generation”.
Oni implored the beneficiaries to see the appointment as a call to service by living up to their responsibilities in making the state to realize its objectives on robust revenue generation.
Earlier, Chairman, Osun Board Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Dayo Oyebamiji commended the state government for empowering the youth through jobs creation.
Oyebamiji said Osun has always been atop among its peers in wealth creation and employment generation as the developmental policies of the state had impacted positively in the lives of the citizenry.
He therefore called on the newly recruited tax officers to live to state’s expectations by championing the laid down tax principles and guidelines aimed at improving the status of the state IGR.
He also admonished the residents of the state to cooperate with the newly recruited revenue staff in accomplishing their duties for the growth and development of the state.
The Head of training, Osun Board Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Lawrence Oladapo, called on the trainees to distinguish themselves by making the Board proud as revenue collectors.
Oladapo who sued for transparency and honesty, called on the beneficiaries to be diligent to duties as being dictated by the concept of taxation.