The national president of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, said on Wednesday the governors elected on the party’s platform to expand their internally generated revenue base (IGR) to meet the needs and aspirations of the people.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Secondus, who was represented by the PDP National Financial Secretary, Abdullahi Maibasira, gave the advice at an IGR summit organized by the PDP Governors Forum in Abuja.
He advised governors to think outside the box and explore other sources of income instead of relying on federal allocations and also asked for a prudent administration of state resources.
“Make the income base work. Check where you have a competitive and comparative advantage to improve your income. The large number of problems facing the country, such as poor infrastructure, poverty and the like, require the need for more sources of funds.
“The best way to do this is to be prudent in managing resources. There must be a reduction in waste in order to prepare for tomorrow, ”said Secondus.
He stressed the need to address multiple taxation, ensure transparency in the tax administration, eliminate waste, promote the ease of doing business and good governance in their states.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The Director General of the Forum of Governors of the PDP, Osaro Onaiwu, given the fluctuations in the price of oil, said it was imperative that the states diversify their sources of income.
“This should not be confused with a call to get more taxes, but rather, a call to start thinking outside the box in preparation for when Abuja cannot share as much as he does now.
“Whether the money comes from Abuja or not, it will still be necessary for states to build infrastructure, pay workers, provide medical care, improve education and others,” he said.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Onaiwu added that the summit was organized by the PDP Governors Forum because the government could no longer rely on crude oil to satisfy Nigerians’ wishes.