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Abia govt. relaunches Social Identification Number



The Abia Government has relaunched its Abia State Social Identification Number (ABSSIN) aimed at enhancing its economic planning for the citizens and tackling multiple taxation.

The Commissioner for Information and Culture, Mr Okey Kanu, made this known during a news conference at the Government House, Umuahia.
He said that the initiative, aimed at improving welfare of the people, would take effect from March 2.

Kanu also said that ABSSIN would enhance the government effort to enhance social protection and uphold the principle of inclusion in governance.

“The government is taking this issue very seriously.

“This government has been very intentional in its plans, very strategic in execution of its plans and very determined to enhance living standards of the citizens,” he said.

Also, the Chairman of Abia State Internal Revenue Services (ABIRS), Prof. Udochukwu Ogbonna, said that every resident was expected to have the number.

Ogbonna said that one could obtain ABSSIN through registering online, using “Abiapay online’, ABIRS office in the 17 Local Government Areas and state Ministries.

“When you are paying your tax, you are supposed to quote this number.

“What that means is that every transaction you are doing in the state will come under one account, that is to say that ABSSN is the account number of every citizen in Abia State.

“ABSSIN is not only for tax payment, but it will also help you to have access to certain benefits that is coming from government which include scholarship,” he said.

Also, the Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mr Kingsley Anosike, said that ABSSIN would serve as the source of data for economic planning and for accessing social benefits from the government.

“Once you register, all your information situated in that platform becomes easier to reach you, whether it is for emergency, whatever it is,” Anosike said.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Internally Generated Revenue, Mr Chimeremeze Okigbo, said that the government wants to be intentional about economic planning.

Okigbo said that the ABSSIN registration was free, adding that it would help enhance the security measures put in place to keep the state crime-free.

Ihechinyere Chigemeri-uwom

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