By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka—ANAMBRA State government says it is targeting monthly Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, of N3 billion as one of the measures to strengthen the state’s economy.
The state deputy governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, in a paper he presented at the ongoing 14th Joint Planning Board/National Council on Development Planning meetings at the Professor Dora Akunyili Women Development Center, Awka, said the state government had reorganized the structures of its revenue sources by plugging all the leakages and deploying robust ICT platform that would guarantee efficient revenue collection and accountability.
According to him, with the measures taken, the state’s IGR had improved from about N500 million monthly IGR it inherited from the previous administration, to N1.3 billion, within a period of one year.
He added: “This is just the beginning. Our target is to hit the N3 billion monthly mark and we shall not relent until we achieve it. This is why Anambra is increasing workers’ salaries when other states are seeking for bailout.”
The deputy governor said the Anambra experience had shown that good governance did not drop from the sky, adding that it was usually a product of vision and courage.