The Plateau State Revenue Council has inaugurated Whistleblowing Sub-Committee in its bid to enhance revenue generation and to get useful information from the public about tax evaders.
The Whistleblowing Sub-Committee will also ensure full implementation of the state revenue law 2020.
Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General Chrystantus Ahmadu stated these at a stakeholders’ meeting on revenue administration in Plateau State.
During the meeting, he decried lack of harmonised system of revenue processing or proper implementation.
The Attorney General, who was represented by the Secretary of Plateau State Internal Revenue Service (PSIRS), Mrs. Rahila Olu-Silas, said:
The revenue service is faced with some setbacks such as the lack of harmonised system of revenue process, lack of regulation for implementation and a unified system.
According to him,
an important aspect of ensuring accountability and transparency is a mechanism to enable employees of the Plateau State Government, members of the public and stakeholders to voice concerns in a responsible and effective manner.
The whistleblowing mechanism is aimed at encouraging the public and employees of the Plateau State Government, members of the public and all stakeholders to share information that will be helpful in effectively enforcing the Revenue Law 2020.
He explained that
where an individual (employee of the Plateau State Government or members of the public) discover information, they believe constitutes serious wrongdoing, such as financial malpractice, impropriety, fraud or non-compliance with the provisions of the Revenue Law 2020, such information should be disclosed without fear of reprisal.
The AG noted that
it is important to emphasise that this guideline is intended to provide individuals who believe they have discovered some malpractice, impropriety or any of the wrongdoings mentioned above with information on the required reporting procedure.