Commission Berates BIRS Over Poor Record Keeping

Posted: December 7, 2015 in Crime, Governance, News
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The Administrative Commission of Inquiry investigating the assets/liabilities belonging to Benue State from May 2007 to May 2015 as to whether or not due process was followed in disposing/acquiring same, has frowned at the poor record keeping attitude of the Benue State Board of Internal Revenue Service (BIRS).

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Chairman of the commission, Barr. Moses Atagher, conveyed the commission’s dismay over the nonchalant attitude of BIRS management today at its sitting at the Conference Hall of Cabinet office, Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

He urged the management staff of the board to sit up and do the needful by updating their records, saying as a body vested with the responsibility of managing the revenues of the state, lack of proper record keeping on their part could pose grave danger to the revenue institution.

According to him, the commission was not impressed with the board for claiming to be unaware of virtually every record that was supposed to be in his custody and advised him to reconcile and harmonise all records and furnish the commission with the necessary information to enable it carry out its functions effectively.

He however commended the former board chairman, Mr. Andrew Ayabam,  who appeared before them, for his brilliant presentation, saying several appearances by the present management of BIRS could not yield any headway as any record/document sought by the commission was responded to in the negative.

Earlier during the interactive session which featured former chairman of BIRS and one time acting chairman of the board, Mr. Gabriel Asen and other retired and serving management staff of the board.

Mr. Ayabam told the commission that all assets of the board either leased, rented or bought during his reign as chairman of the board followed due process with documentary evidences to that effect.

According to him, the corporate office of the board was rented/leased to them at the cost of N11million per annum and that approval was duly gotten from the then governor, Gabriel Suswam, who he (Ayabam) was answerable to in the absence of a properly constituted board. 

Giving explanations on whether or not due process was followed in securing a site for the construction of BIRS corporate office along Ishaya Bakut Road, Ayabam explained that a total of N52million was used in purchasing the land and that valuation and approval for the transaction were properly done for the plot of land which is still undeveloped.

He further stated that other area offices rented/plots of land acquired for the construction of same especially in Zaki Biam, Logo, Adekaa or Buruku also followed due process with available documents to that effect.

He however accused the new management of BIRS for incompetence and or trying to hide some records with a mischievous intent, maintaining that everything done under him followed due process and got the necessary approvals from the appropriate quarters.

It would recalled that Mr. Andrew Ayabam held sway as helmsman of the Benue State Board of Internal Revenue Service from January 2010 to July 18, 2012. His appointment was renewed for another tenure of two years after which he was asked to go on a working leave and never came back. 

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