From Wilson Bako, Lafia
Gov Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has inaugurated a 15- member committee to enhance the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, at the Government House last Monday in Lafia the governor said it was borne out of his administration’s desire to improve the revenue profile of the state.
“This is to provide us with sumptuous alternative sources of revenue generation as a vista for improved expenditure on projects, programmes and policies geared towards the overall development of our dear state,” Sule said.
He noted that the only way to galvanize the state’s economy is by strengthening all revenue accruing sources.
The governor also said the constitution of the committee was in line with the Nasarawa Economic Development Strategy (NEDS) and to enhance the socio-economic deliverables of the state.
“This is with a twin goal of harnessing our economic potentials vis-à-vis human resources as formidable frontiers that can elevate the state to enviable heights,” Sule added.
He noted that Nasarawa was one of the richest state in the country, yet appeared beggarly waiting for federal allocation to survive.
“Nasarawa is one of the richest state in the country, but the state continues to be like a beggar waiting for allocation from the federal government to survive, whereas we can survive on our own.
“I therefore task this committee to please work and take Nasarawa state out of the woods from being a beggarly to a prosperous state,” Sule said.
He highlighted the committee’s terms of reference to include identifying all sources of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state within the confines of the law and workout mechanisms of harnessing them; developing a database of all IGR sources; as well as devising and monitoring the collection from all sources and ensuring their remittance to the state’s Treasury Single Account (TSA).
He said the committee would also be saddled with the responsibility of identifying and blocking leakages in the collection and remittance of IGR; examining and recommend, where necessary, the review of Laws on collection of IGR including fees, fines, licenses amongst others.
The committee is also to identify and collate data of all Licensed Miners operating in the State; identify and liaise with all MDAs executing Lease Agreements between the State Governments and affected investors with a view to preparing a database in that regard for effective coordination.
According to the governor, the committee is expected to advise government on the need to set up a Special Purpose Vehicle on solid minerals developments in the state; liaise with the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Abuja to establish synergy in the collection and collation of State Data on Enrollments from schools, health facilities, among others in order to raise the Revenue Indices of the state; and as well explore any other area that would improve the IGR base and performance of the state.
He explained that the appointment of members of the committee was in recognition of their wealth of experience, commitment, hard work and resilience towards the service of the state.
“I charge you, therefore, to live above board and work assiduously with a view to coming up with workable recommendations that will assist government in its policy direction,” Sule added.