The Katsina State commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Abdulkadir Ahmed Zakka, has announced the successful blocking of revenue leakages across the 34 local government areas of the state to check diversion of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
There has been concern over alleged siphoning of IGR in local governments in the state by revenue officials in collusion with some influential persons, estimated to be in hundreds of millions of naira.
Only recently, the state governor, Aminu Masari, said reports at his disposal indicated that some traditional rulers connived with revenue staff to mismanage revenues generated at the council areas.
However, Zakka said the ministry had put stringent measures in place which blocked all the loopholes through which the revenues were siphoned.
“In some local governments, despite collecting revenues for long time, they can’t boast of up to N100,000 in their accounts. But when we came and insisted that things be done properly, some now have as much as N1 million in their revenue accounts.”
The commissioner told newsmen during a media chat organised by Katsina NUJ that the ministry had concluded plans to engage competent consulting firms that would handle issues of revenue collection, noting that with declining federal allocation and increasing difficulties in paying staff salaries.
(Culled from Leadership)