The Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of Anambra State in southeastern Nigeria has increased by 29.3% from NGN10.45billion (US$52.5m) in 2014 to NGN14.79billion (US$74.3m) in 2015, a government official has said. The Governor’s Senior Special Adviser (SSA) on IGR, Mr Charles Okafor, made the disclosure to reporters in Awka, the state’s capital recently.
Okafor said that the revenue was expected to hit about NGN36billion (US$180m) or more by the end of 2016, considering the relentless efforts of the state government. He said that the present administration had done so well in the area of improving the revenue base of the state by opening all revenue windows. According to him, government has also blocked every revenue leakage and marching words with action, opened more revenue windows and was realizing about NGN2.1billion (US$10.6m) as monthly revenue.
“This is why the present government does not owe its workers. We are among the few states in the federation that did not benefit from the bail-out fund, yet, we are paying our workers. We have continued to provide basic infrastructure for Anambra citizens even in the face of dwindling Federal allocation. This is part of the giant strides of Gov. Willie Obiano’s administration,’’ he said.
Okafor said that the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) identified 11 states that recorded improvement in revenue generation in 2015. “Anambra came second in the chart behind Ogun and we are happy,’’ Okafor said.
He commended the government and people of the state for the giant stride. Okafor, however, urged all those resident in Anambra, including companies and industries to pay their taxes regularly to help the state government to continue to provide basic infrastructure for the people.