Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi has complained at different times that some civil servants were involved in fraudulent practice that affect the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state. He stated that though the state government is taking steps to shore up its IGR, this is being truncated by some officials of the Board of Internal Revenue as well as other revenue generating departments and agencies.
Some government officials, he noted, printed fake invoices and receipts to unsuspecting citizens and divert IGR by the state. They also undervalued tax liabilities of organisations and limited tax net. Ajimobi said: “Up till today, instead of having improvement in our IGR, many civil servants have been caught stealing money from the IGR. So, instead of increasing IGR, they are depleting it. Also, there are leakages and we have to block these leakages to improve our IGR.” However, the effort by the government to stand against the activities of the culprits has been challenging and it has been perceived that to achieve its aim, the government has to be thorough in its actions.
The Special Adviser to Governor Ajimobi on Communications and Strategy, Mr Yomi Layinka stated that there has been a situation where government revenue as much as N200 million was diverted by a civil servant out of the coffers of government. As part of the steps taken by the state government to fish out the culprits, the officers found to be involved had been taken to security agencies and investigations are going on to bring them to book. The State Board of Internal Revenue has been overhauled and some officials have been dismissed.