By Enyim Enyim
ONITSHA – Anambra state government has lost N5.4bn to fake revenue collectors in the last eight months, the Commissioner for Information, Chief Maja Umeh has said.
Umeh, who spoke with reporters on the state of government internally generated revenue projected target, said a total of N12bn had been projected as government IGR for this year.
But following the activities of fraudsters in the state, the Commissioner said, it would be difficult for government to realise its projected target for the year.
According to him, government was to generate N1bn monthly, but because of the activities of fake revenue collectors, government now generates between N200m and N400m, which he said was not healthy for the economy of the state.
However, Umeh said government had tracked down some of the fake revenue collectors and had already started prosecuting them in court to serve as a deterrent to other criminals, who may want to do same.
â€œWe have been prosecuting those found guilty of such criminal offences. Some of them are in court in Nnewi. Undoubtedly we have been losing a lot to the fraudsters and we have resolved to put a stop to itâ€, he said.
Umeh said the fraudsters carried out their nefarious activities by printing fake receipts, which they used in colleting money from the unsuspecting members of the public.