Kano Assembly recommends immediate sacking of Internal Revenue Service Chairman


By Salim Umar Ibrahim, Kano

Kano state house of assembly has recommended the sacking of Chairman Kano Internal Revenue Service (KIRS) Abdurrasaq Datti Salihi within 48 hours.

Besides, the assembly has constituted eight-member ad-hoc committee to investigate activities of the service and rationale for the perceived poor performance of the organisation.

After passing a unanimous resolution of the house at the plenary on Tuesday, Speaker of the house, Engr. Hamisu Ibrahim Chedari declared that the immediate sack of the Chairman became pertinent in order to redeem the poor revenue performance of the service.

The speaker who cited the drastic shortfall of Kano Internally Generated Revenue IGR as reported by Economic Confidential 2020 Annual State Viability Index (ASVI), insisted that such performance would not be accepted.

According to the ASVI report, Kano generated N30 billion in 2020 as against N40 billion and N44 billion generated in 2019 and 2018 respectively.

The Speaker expressed worries that revenue generation under the present Chairman has lost the glory of robust IGR despite the huge potential.

According to him, “Kano is well known for high performance in IGR, next to Lagos state. It is worrisome that Kano is now number nine in collection and 17 in performance. This is not acceptable.

“The house has also received several petitions and letters of complaint on the attitude and lack of performance of the service on the chairman. It is based on this development that the assembly resolved to recommend the sacking of the chairman within 48 hours.

“We have also set up eight members ad-hoc committee under the chairmanship of a member representing Rogo constituency Magaji Dahiru Zarewa to investigate the activities of the revenue service and report to the house in 30 days.”