NIGER State government generated over N31.6billion from all sources between January and June this year, the House of Assembly committee on Finance which investigated the financial position of the state government for the period disclosed in its report submitted at plenary on Wednesday. According to the report, the statutory allocation to the state was N11.7billion while Value added Tax, VAT, stood at N4.3billion. The Internally Generated Revenue for the state in the period was N2.427billion while the bailouts got from the federal government were N2.5billion and N10billion. The committee in the report also said that the Single Treasury Account introduced by the administration raked in N424, 619,198.52. The report presented by the chairman of the committee, Alhaji Abdullahi A Mammagi also revealed that the government within the period expended N26.6billion out of which N18.9billion was for salaries, overheads and releases to Ministries, Departments and Agencies with almost N500million spent on the consultants that were engaged to improve the state IGR and the officials of the Board of Internal Revenue. The committee said N2.8billion out of the N10billion meant for Infrastructural Development had been utilised on various projects spread across the 3 senatorial zones of the state “leaving a balance of N7.137billion. The committee however expressed with dismay the “poor performance of our internally generated revenue despite the seeming reforms carried out to improve the revenue base of the state. In fact there was no significant improvement as to what obtains in the past”. The report described as “fraudulent” the arrangement where a consultant engaged in a specific area is paid a percentage of the total collection” saying that the engagement of the consultants “which is supposed to improve the revenue of the state is worsening the situation”. It therefore called for a total overhaul of the state Board of Internal Revenue to make it more result oriented and that the law establishing the Board should be amended in such a way that it would provide for separate salary regimes for all category of staff to encourage them to do more for the state. When the report was put to vote, majority of members endorsed it and the Speaker, Alhaji Ahmed Marafa directed the clerk of the House to prepare a clean copy of the report and forward it to the Governor.In July this year when the government could not pay salaries of workers in full thereby slashing the workers pay by 30% leading to a one week
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