By Solomon Attah, Lafia
Nasarawa state Commissioner of Special Duties on Revenue Generation, Mohammed Bashir says the N3 billion Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) monthly target set by the Governor Abdullahi Sule’s administration for the state monthly is achievable.
Commissioner Bashir made this known in Lafia that the target was achievable and called on all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the state and other relevant stakeholders to key into the drive to meet the target so as to lessen the dependence on federal government’s allocation.
“The 3 billion target is achievable in Nasarawa because if you look at our proximity to Abuja, the governor is even making it mildly for us.
“Nasarawa state can actually get up to N4 or N5 billion monthly because there are so many revenue generating opportunities in the Nasarawa state-Abuja corridor,” he said.
He said the state government is working to develop a database for all revenues accrued to the state so as to block all leakages and meet the monthly IGR target set by the state government.
“Government has a lot of plans for development but revenues are not been paid at the appropriate channels thereby resulting in loss of so much money.
“So we need to have a data to know what actually is happening, who is generating what, what are they doing, how is it been paid and to where.
“The government created this ministry with the sole aim that revenues are under one roof and leakages are curtailed so that we can maximize our IGR potentials and meet the monthly target set for the state,” he said.
Bashir added that a special task force chaired by him is in place for enforcement of the requisite laws with regards to revenue generation and to motivate the state Internal Revenue Service to collect all revenues due to the state government appropriately.
“As a task force, we sit four times a week to give everybody the opportunity to come to us to show us what they have been doing and to report back to government and to see the action plan on what can government correct leakages if there are any and increase revenue generation for the government,” he said.
He assured that with the database, taskforce among other steps taken on blocking leakages and improving revenue generation, the N3 billion target will be easily achievable.
“We have put in place mechanism where we will continue to ensure that whatever charges someone is supposes to pay will have to use the central billing system of the state and in doing that, we can get so much money for the state,” he said.
The commissioner also revealed that the state governor is already making frantic efforts on assessing royalties for the state for the mining activities taking place in the state, adding that revenue from to sector will help boost the revenue of the state government.
“Our governor is at the forefront of fighting for the right of Nasarawa state when it comes to solid minerals royalties. Nasarawa state is home of solid minerals yet we don’t see a lot of that coming into fruition.
“But i want to assure that all these steps are in place, we will generate a lot of revenue for the state government and rely less on federal allocation,” he said.