By Lateef Ibrahim
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has advised governors elected on the platform of the party to seek alternative sources of income so as to improve their internally generated revenue, IGR.
Secondus gave the advice yesterday, in his address at the opening of a two-day summit on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) organised by the PDP Governors Forum in Abuja.
The PDP National Chairman declared that with the growing population in the country it has become absolutely imperative for state governors to think outside the box and explore other sources of revenue instead of depending on allocations from the federation account.
Prince Secondus, who was represented by the PDP National Financial Secretary, Abdullahi Maibasira, however, pointed out that expanding the internally generated revenue of the states does not automatically translate to development.
According to him, the generated revenues must be prudently utilized in critical sectors in the state for the benefit of the people.
His words, “Expanding internally generated revenue does not translate to development but rather prudent management of available resources.
“Make revenue base work. Check where you have competitive and comparative advantage to improve your revenues “, he admonished.
Prince Secondus further called on the governors to tackle issues of multiple taxation; non-transparent tax codes and make taxation process more transparent and credible.
He charged them to improve on the ease of doing business, check structure of governanace and eliminate duplication and waste.
In his welcome address earlier, the Director General of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Osaro Onaiwu, declared that it is very difficult to improve the internally generated revenue in violent-prone states and commended PDP state governors for making security a top priority.
Onaiwu noted with elation that the PDP governors tackled security challenges in the states as soon as they took over from the former All Progressives Congress, APC governors.