By Alemma Aliu
BENIN CITY—THE Internally Generated Revenue of the 18 local government areas of Edo State has hit an unprecedented N210m monthly which had before now been hovering around N30m monthly.
State Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon Jimoh Ijegbai in a chat with newsmen attributed the increase to the introduction of e-ticketing which he said has reduced leakages in revenue collection.
He said plans were on to completely block leakages in the council’s revenue through the introduction of scratch cards and that scratch card system was already being test run in Ikpoba-Okha, Egor and Oredo local government areas.
He said: “If you look across the 18 local government areas. You will see massive infrastructural development. For the first time Esan South East now have a transport line. They never had it before and their salaries are now regular.
“In December, Mr. Governor approved 50 percent of their savings for grading of rural roads. We have completed work on 20 primary health centres we used as pilot scheme. We want to use technology to drive our primary health. We now have Primary Health Care Development Agency. That will enable access whatever is due to Edo from the National level.
“Before Obaseki came in, the 18 local governments IGR was about N30m monthly but it is now oscillating between N190m to N210m. By the time we leverage on all other sources, it will improve more than. We will now be using scratch cards to block minor leakages we are seeing.”