- Authorities in AMAC Abuja are looking for ways to have a database of businesses in the Nigerian capital
- The move is also geared towards increasing the internally generated revenue of the Federal Capital Territory main city centre
- Residents and businessmen within the council have been assured that the exercise is not a ploy to witch-hunt them
The Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) has announced plans to raise its internally generated revenue to improve service delivery within the council.
The move, AMAC chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu 'Candido' said, would improve internally generated revenue made possible by technology.
The chairman revealed this during a two-day training course for revenue officers in the council, themed “AMAC 2020: Open For Business,” which kicked-off on Wednesday, January 28 in Abuja.
He revealed that revenue officers will be trained on the use of the AMAC Survey App to gather data of businesses operating within the council.
He stated that his agenda was to exponentially raise the revenue of AMAC to provide funds for the execution of key infrastructure projects.
Describing the e-registration as a revolutionary model, the chairman also noted that with the AMAC online business directory, incidences of double taxation would be eradicated and businessmen would have ease of paying their taxes.
“We envision that the current economic challenges in the country provide a unique opportunity to create an inclusive, participatory, bottom-up approach to governance that will stimulate economic growth.
“As we look to a future where the strength of the local government will be drawn from ideas and partnerships with civil society organisations, schools, businesses and individuals we’d like to start by building a relevant database,” he said.
He further explained the model which is the first of its kind would transform the way revenue is generated at the local government levels through a clean database, and thus foster development.
While commending the revenue officers, who he described as “trailblazers,” Alhaji Adamu assured residents and businessmen within AMAC that the exercise would not be an attempt to intimidate them. or frustrate their businesses.
The training scheduled for the which ended on Thursday, January 29 witnessed the attendance of over 80 attendees.
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