The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the Akwa Ibom State Internal Revenue Service carried out a collaborative roadshow in Uyo, the state capital, to educate and sensitize taxpayers about their responsibilities and government expectations. The event, which commenced along Udo Udoma Avenue in Uyo, featured a slow motorcade moving through major streets with tax administrators engaging in singing, dancing, and distributing informational flyers.
Chairman of AKIRS, Okon Okon, emphasized the duty of tax administrators to enlighten and educate taxpayers on contemporary taxation issues and potential reforms. He stated that the joint enlightenment program aimed to make it easier for taxpayers to comply voluntarily without coercion.
Dr. Cletus Adie, Coordinator of FIRS for Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, and Cross River, highlighted the importance of taxpayers in tax administration, emphasizing that taxation sustains the global and national economy. He emphasized the need to diversify revenue sources, stating that heavy reliance on oil might not be sustainable in the long run.
The joint initiative by FIRS and AKIRS aimed to communicate the importance of tax administration, educate taxpayers on their responsibilities, and promote voluntary compliance for the benefit of both state and federal governments.