Edo
Gov. Obaseki

Edo Government on Wednesday said it would unfold innovative technology-based revenue administration scheme that would increase its monthly revenue generation profile.

Announcing this in Benin, Gov. Godwin Obaseki, said that the scheme would be such that the whole revenue administration would become automated.

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“It will eliminate man-made barriers and other extraneous variables that interfere with the revenue collection process.

“The scheme will automate the entire process of revenue administration from capture, profiling, assessment generation and notification through to cashless settlement.

“And is set to boost internally generated revenue in the state by expanding the tax net and enhancing payment convenience for citizens,’’ he said.

Giving details about the scheme, Igbinidu Inneh, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Edo Internal Revenue Service (EIRS), said the innovation would be done in line with international best practices.

According to him, the innovative solution is christened Edo Revenue Administration System (ERAS).

“It is being delivered as part of the strategic institutional transformation of the EIRS and feeds off the Governor’s objective to transform Edo into an innovation hub,’’ he said.

Inneh explained that “the ERAS solution is a distributed revenue administration system which seeks to solve the challenges faced by revenue authorities in Nigeria for Edo State.”

He said that the scheme, also tagged `Project Dobbermann,’ “in every sense has been delivered in an unprecedented record time in less than 18 months from conceptualisation, partner selection to development and integration.

“This is significantly ahead on time for the deployment of most Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems anywhere in the world.”

The EIRS boss noted that “the current tax base which grew within weeks of testing ERAS from about 190,000 to more than 250,000 will double within the first six months of operations and get to one million within two years.”

Inneh further said that “this accomplishment is truly one legacy Edo State will bequeath to the Nigerian Revenue Administration process and indeed other emerging economies of Africa.