Social benefit scheme: Enugu deploys 100 enumerators

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Ahead of the execution of its social benefit scheme, the Enugu State Government on Friday deployed 100 enumerators  for the registration of  all adult residents and organisations in the state.

The Chairman of  Enugu State Board of Internal Revenue, Mr Emeka Odo, said each resident would obtain the   Enugu State Social Benefit Number ( ESBN ).

He said that the registration exercise  would be decentralised to enable residents and organisations collect their ESBN numbers without hindrance.

Odo also  said that  registration centres would be opened in all tax collection centres at the headquarters, zones  and councils, in addition to  specially  designed centres.

The bedrock of any efficient and modern tax administration is enumeration.

“Proper enumeration creates the database on which subsequent assessment, collection  and accounting is based,’’ he said.

According to him, the ESBN is unique to every individual and organisation and will be used to access and benefit from various programmes and policies of government.

Odo, who said that the registration exercise would be done by the Enugu State Internal Revenue Service ( ESIRS ), would be free-of-charge.

“The scheme’s exercise will run across the state to ensure that all adult residents and organisations in Enugu State are registered and given ESBN number,’’ he said.

Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi was the first to  register  and was issued with the ESBN number.

“The ESBN is a giant step toward  the full tax automation system of the state.

“It is meant to usher in a full blown Integrated Tax Management System  where the process of revenue assessment, collection and accounting is automated,” he said.

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