Wednesday, 5 August 2015

#Benue Targets N1.2b Internally Generated Revenue

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom said yesterday that his administration was targeting N1.2billion Internally- Generated Revenue (IGR).

The governor, who addressed State House correspondents after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the state made a little over N250million as IGR before he assumed office.

He said his priority was workers’ salaries, including payment of the arrears, which he inherited from the Gabriel Suswan administration.

Ortom said he would soon begin the payment of outstanding pensions and gratuities.

He said his government would block loopholes through which public funds were diverted by fraudulent officials.

Stressing that discipline would be the order of the day, the governor said there would be no escape for those stealing public funds.

He added: “We are looking at other sources because we are not buoyant, we just prioritise salary payment. We are looking at other sources of improving our revenues, not just the federation account, but within the internally- generated revenue.

“We feel we can improve on what we are having, so that we can use it to do other projects, which will have a bearing on people’s lives and boost the state’s development.

“Everything is about the sustainability of what we have.

“What we met on ground was between N250million and N300million. But my target is to increase it to at least N1.2billion for a start.”

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