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      justseyi
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      Governor Alex Otti of Abia State has relaunched the Abia State Social Identification Number (ABSSIN) initiative, aimed at improving economic planning for citizens and addressing the issue of multiple taxation. The announcement was made by the commissioner for information and culture, Okey Kanu, during a press conference at the Government House in Umuahia.

      This relaunch, effective from March 2, seeks to facilitate social protection and promote inclusivity in governance.

      ABSSIN is designed to serve as a unique identifier for all residents of Abia State, streamlining transactions and interactions with the state’s internal revenue services.

      Udochukwu Ogbonna, the chairman of the Abia State Internal Revenue Services (ABIRS), emphasized the importance of ABSSIN for tax payments and stated that it would consolidate all transactions under one account for each citizen. This system is expected to offer various benefits, including access to government scholarships.

      Registration for ABSSIN can be completed online through the ‘Abiapay online‘ platform, at ABIRS offices across the 17 local government areas, and at various ministries. This initiative is not limited to tax-related matters but extends to facilitating access to social benefits provided by the government.

      Kingsley Anosike, the commissioner for budget and planning, highlighted that ABSSIN will also serve as a critical source of data for economic planning and ensure that citizens can easily access government services and benefits.

      The special adviser to the governor on internally generated revenue, Chimeremeze Okigbo, added that the ABSSIN registration process is free and aims to enhance security measures within the state, contributing to a crime-free environment.

      This development represents a strategic move by the Abia State government to enhance the welfare of its citizens through improved economic planning and efficient governance.

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