The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has flagged off the New National Tax Identification Number (TIN) Registration System for the Southeast geopolitical zone.
The event which held at Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka, was organised by Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and attended by tax officials from Abia, Imo, Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi.
The Deputy Governor of Anambra, Dr Nkem Okeke who represented Gov. Obiano, said payment of tax was important for the development of the nation.
The governor said that Anambra had made appreciable progress in the collection of tax in the past five years.
Obiano noted that the progress was due to strengthening of relevant laws and introduction of reforms in tax collection.
Mr Babatunde Fowler, Chairman, Joint Tax Board (JTB), said that Nigeria had come to a point where it should realise that crude oil revenue alone could not drive its development.
Fowler who reviewed the tax payment in the country in the last four years, said the nation had recorded progress.