LOKOJA – Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has charged Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the state to cooperate and collaborate with the management of Kogi State Internal Revenue Service (KGIRS) to improve the Internally Generated Revenue of the state to enable government provide the desired dividend of democracy to the people of the State.
Governor Bello gave the charge yesterday in Lokoja during internally generated revenue strategic workshop with MDAs organised by the management of KGIRS to chat way forward for an improved revenue generation of the state.
The governor emphasised on the need to blocked all leakages in order to harness the potentials abound in the revenue generation of the state, said government can not provides adequate security of life and property including the desired infrastructural development without an improve revenue generation to compliment the federal allocation to the state.
“We will soon be back to second term that will kick off on the 27th of January, 2020. We are elected to serve the people through delivering of dividend of democracy and we can not do that without finance from revenue.
“We are faced with a lot of security challenges, there are emerging threats from kidnappers, banditry among others .
“And for us to be able to do these, we need a lot of funds; so we need the support of MDAs to help us in improving the revenue generation so that we can help our people especially the downtrodden. We will not want to enforce the laws but it should be comply with in the interest of the state.
“We need the cooperation and understanding of MDAs in ensuring that we blocked all loop holes by strictly adhering to all the laws to drive all the revenue by expanding base to enable us generate enough income for the state so that we can satisfy our people in the area of infrastructure development such as education, health, youth empowerment, payment of N30,000 minimum and provision basic social amenities among others” he said.
Governor Bello who promised to be transparent in spending every kobo accrued to the state, urged the ministry of finance to ensure prudence in the management of the resources of the state.
“Government money whether federal allocation or internally generated revenue or grant and donation, nobody can spend it without the approval by the authority saddled with that responsibility.
“Every kobo generated, you must be authorise to spend it and if you are spending it you must have value for such expenditure because if we take care and safeguard our one naira then our billions would be safeguarded. He advised.
The Executive Chairman of the revenue service, Mr Aliyu Salami in his recommendations to the state government, asked the government to improve capacity of MDAs in terms of personnel training and release monthly impress in order to enhance the service delivery of MDAs in revenue generation of the state.
“The management of Lokoja international market and other government owned markets be transfered to Kogi State Market Development Board for proper management and increase revenue generation without altering the ownership structure.”
While seeking for approval that all revenue generated in the state should be paid to the automated KGIRS account, Mr Salami said that the recommendations if approved will go a long way in ensuring that MDAs in Kogi state do not only compete favourably with other states , but would surpass the performance of other states in revenue generation and efficient service delivery.
He assured that KGIRS would not relent in its effort to ensure that the state government meets all her obligations of providing dividends of democracy to the people of the state during its second term.