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Imo moves to stop financial waste

Owerri—Imo State Government, yesterday in Owerri said that it has put measures in place to stop waste in public spending.

Mr Kerian Onwuzurike, Special Adviser to Governor Ikedi Ohakim on Revenue Generation, Mobilisation and Account Monitoring, said that all financial loopholes in organs of government had been plugged.

Onwuzurike told newsmen that the measure had become necessary in view of the dwindling fortunes of the  state.

He pledged that the scarce resources of the state would be properly deployed and advised those entrusted with responsibilities to discharge their duties creditably.
“The attitude of some people entrusted with high responsibilities toward public funds is terrible. Some of them see the opportunity to serve as a time to get the so-called ‘national cake’. This should not be so,’’ he said.

The state government had in recent months intensified efforts on revenue generation by introducing various taxes, including the payment of N100,000 levy by those to be conferred with traditional titles.

Ohakim had also sacked contractors handling the collection of the state’s internally generated revenue and replaced them with a committee.

The committee members were drawn from the public service and given a target for the remaining part of the year.

The Governor had hinged his action on what he called the abysmal performance of the contractors.


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