Edo State Government needs to strengthen its due process office to make it better equipped to monitor and evaluate public expenditure, as well as execution of public projects and their delivery to ensure transparency in governance. Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the September 10 governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who gave this indication at the weekend, said so much money was currently being wasted by the state government and putting an end to the sad trend is his priority if elected governor. He disclosed this while presenting the PDP manifesto captured in his ‘Simple Agenda’, at the maiden Benson Idahosa University Benin Interaction Session for governorship candidates to showcase their vision and highlight their party manifesto to the university community and voting public. “There are too many wastes in government and we are ready to deal with it. The due process office has to be strengthened and for the first time we have to institutionalise a monitoring and evaluation mechanism that will track all public expenditure, as well as projects and delivery”. On his economic blueprint for the state, Ize-Iyamu said the state is in dire need of an economic policy which would emphasize its potentials in agriculture and tourism, as well as sports as revenue earners and this will be articulated by an International Development Summit. “I think the very first thing we will do
is to have an economic management team because we need to fashion out an economic policy for our state. We also need to convene an International Edo Development Summit to encourage people in the diaspora and foreign investors to come here. “It is true that we need to diversify the economy of our state. We need to focus on agriculture, tourism and sports, as well as our land asset. Land is one of the most veritable sources of revenue in Lagos State. The reason why land is sold cheaply in Edo is because there are no basic infrastructure. So we need to invest in our land asset, make it attractive and this will bring a lot of revenue to the state”. He spoke of his plans to actively engage the private sector in activating the state’s economy through a Public- Private Partnership that will see his
will be revived to create jobs”. Ize-Iyamu also lamented leakages in the state internal revenue mechanism and promised to change the mode of tax collection, while eliminating the menace of multiple and punitive taxation. “There are too many people who are collecting money and putting it in their pockets. We intend to block such loopholes. We also intend to change the manner of tax collection because it is not multiple punitive taxes that bring in more revenue. The more you improve the economy the more people will come to pay taxes”.
government giving tax holidays and rebates where necessary. “To do this we need to create the right climate. If we have to give tax incentives and rebates we will do so, but certainly we are going to engage businesses to come and create jobs”. On the fate of industries in the state, the PDP governorship candidate said it is a matter of grave concern to most Edo people that the state-owned transport company which employed thousands of workers and sustained their dependents in the past was shut down by government. “If you have good private transport companies making profits I do not see why Edo Line should be closed. If Peter Obi as governor of Anambra State can open a brewery, I don’t see why Bendel Brewery should be closed, so all the industries that have been closed in Edo