By Egufe Yafugborhi
WARRI—INTERNALLY Generated Revenue, IGR, in Delta State has increased by 550 percent in the last five years.
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan said this yesterday, as he commissioned the six-storey Delta State Internal Revenue Board, DBIR, headquarters in Warri, alongside 15 zonal revenue houses across the state built by his administration to boost IGR services, said: “We have been working toward diversifying the Delta Beyond Oil, DBO, through IGR to transform all parts of the state and within a short time we have been able to build 15 revenue offices.”
Represented by the state Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning, Olorogun Kenneth Okpara, the governor said that the improved commitment towards IGR in the state was integral to the overall mission of diversifying the state’s economy with a backing law, the Delta State Internal Revenue Consolidated Act already signed and a DBO, master plan in place to drive the vision.
The governor also launched text books on DBO primary and secondary schools in the state, said that the books in volumes one and two will be distributed to all schools to enlighten students on the import of DBO.
Chairman, DBIR, Joel Thomas-Onowhakpo, on the occasion, expressed the board’s commitment to recovering every debt owned the state government.