Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State has called on All Progressives Congress, APC, governors to emphasise on local revenue generation to checkmate the dwindling revenue to their states.
Abubakar made the call on Thursday at Yankari Games Reserves, Bauchi, at a forum of the governors.
He said that there reports that the statutory allocation had sharply declined, hence the need to boost their Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, to complement the shortfall.
Abubakar said that he had personally visited Lagos and Kano, the highest IGR generating states, to study ways of improving the revenue base of Bauchi State.
He said that officials of the State Revenue Board had also visited Lagos State and acquired knowledge on how to improve the IGR.
The governor commended the founders of the forum, which according to him, had created a model that would enhance relationship among the governors.
He assured that the forum would be sustained for the unity of the country especially to effect the needed change.
Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo and also Chairman, Progressive Governors Forum, said the forum would discuss how to create common economic front for the economic development of the country.
Okorocha emphasised that the Bauchi forum would address critical issues affecting the lives of ordinary man, especially the high expectations that greeted the need for change.
He said that the affected governors had been having sleepless nights over the plight of the masses of the country resulting from poor management of economy by the last administration.
The chairman said that the forum would also study the circumstances surrounding the forthcoming elections in Kogi and Bayelsa and other re-run elections ordered by various election tribunals.
He said that the forum was so far impressed with the performance of the judiciary, especially the election tribunals nationwide and urged them to keep it up. (NAN)

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