…Grows IGR to 35% of Total Revenue
Enugu State Government has discovered and weeded out 6,280 ghost workers and pensioners from the nominal rolls of local governments councils and its Pensions Board. Part of the discovery was a fallout of the committee that recently disbursed the first tranche of the Paris Club Refund, which was used to offset all the outstanding salaries and some pensions of local government workers and retirees respectively, totaling 3,462 ghost pensioners.
A similar committee headed by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Edward Ubosi, had discovered 2,818 ghost workers in the nominal roll of Local Government staff.
Briefing journalists after the meeting of the State Executive Council, the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Ogbuagu Anikwe, disclosed that the Council “authorised the Commissioner for Local Government Matters, Mr. Chijioke Edeoga, to hand over the verified names as the master list of workers and pensioners to concerned Local Councils, LG Commission and Pension Board.” Mr. Anikwe said that the state’s Accountant General, Sir Paschal Okolie, briefed the Council and announced that “the Enugu State government has grown its internally generated revenue (IGR) to 35% of her total revenue”.
The Information Commis-sioner added that “Okolie who was addressing top government functionaries at a mid-year budget review at the weekend said that the half year revenue receipts of N12.4billion almost equaled federal statutory allocation of N13.5billion within the period – the total IGR receipts for 2016 was N14.2billion”.
Mr. Anikwe, further stated that the Accountant General also announced that “the State Governor, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has further directed that all civil servants in the state be paid promptly on the 23rd day of each month, and that this directive has been complied with”, saying that “apart from this, capital projects are being executed across the state in massive proportion as if we are in oil boom”.
The Commissioner equally told journalists that “during the State Executive Council Meeting at the weekend, Gov. Ugwuanyi commended the Chairman of Enugu State Internal Revenue Service, Chief Emeka Odo, for his creativity, hard work and commitment which has led to recovery of massive stolen funds by unscrupulous public officers colluding with corrupt commercial bank officials to defraud the state to the tune of billions of Naira”.