As part of measures towards ensuring transparency and accountability in government financial systems, as well as promoting seamless payment method for tax payers, the State government says all is set for the introduction of the Revenue Digital Transformation Initiative.
Commissioner for Finance and Chief Economic Adviser, Mr. Dapo Okubadejo, who disclosed this to OGIS correspondent on the sideline of a meeting with revenue stakeholders, consultants and some management staff of his Ministry, emphasised that the initiative was necessary to maximise the State’s revenue potential and create employment for the people.
Okubadejo noted that in the process, possible areas to improving revenue generation, particularly in various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), of government would be identified.
According to him, the initiative would be implemented in phases, as stakeholders in relevant MDAs would be acquainted with the procedures for better understanding, noting that a Billing and Payment Management System (BPMS), would also be in place, to allow government has a holistic overview of the processes.
Okubadejo stressed that the State Internal Revenue Service, was undergoing technological upgrading for effective and efficient service delivery, adding that when completed, it would enhance organisational structure, legislations, human capital development, infrastructure from tax stations, footprint, operational vehicle among others, as well as ratifying a functional website, which avails tax payers the opportunity to interact with tax officers online.
‘’The Ministry has decentralised its payment within the State, with a direct online payment and the re-introduction of Point of Sales (PoS) payment, as well as a debit scratch card for micro collection, and so on. Another one is the Payment Gateway, with the use of remittal platform, while we are introducing a system specially for Bureau of Lands and Survey called Ogun State Land Administration and Revenue Management System (OLARMS)’’, he said.
Earlier in his opening remark, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mr. Hassan Adekunle said the reforms were timely at the period when the entire world is facing adverse effects of COVID-19 pandemic, noting that they were win- win opportunity for the government and citizens.