OrderPaperToday – Governor of Imo, Emeka Ihedioha, has revealed that the state’s Internal Revenue Generation is shrouded in scam.
The governor disclosed this while speaking to workers at the state secretariat.
Ihedioha who paid an unannounced visit to the state workers said his visit was to get a first hand appraisal of the working condition of the secretariat.
He said “preliminary findings show that our source of revenue in the state is thin. Apart from FAAC, the only source of revenue is internally generated revenue and I am certain that you have a duty to help the government generate revenue.
“IGR in imo is shrouded in scam. There were myriads of concessions, we have been trying to find out whether those concessions were made in public interest and if they are of any economic benefits to the state.”
He also reassured the workers of his administration’s commitment to payment of salaries.
He said “my government will be ready and willing to pay your full salaries but you have to match productivity with output. I am aware that our indebtedness is huge and I have been notified that there will be huge deduction from July. I am ready to do the adjustment to your salaries but you have to tell me how we can make savings for it.”
He added that “we decided to undertake this visit to have a first hand appraisal of the state of the facilities in this complex. As civil servants, you need to be paid. I am of the belief that a worker deserves his wages but the money has to be generated. There is need for justification for the money we pay to you.
“I have come first, to access the facilities here and see whether they are conducive for you to give us return on investment and secondly, and more importantly, on your part, we have a contract with you as your employer”.
The governor, accompanied by his deputy, Gerald Irona, Secretary to Government, Uche Onyeagucha and heads of security agencies, tasked them to assist the government towards generating revenue to enable it realize its the obligations.
The governor equally inspected facilities at the Justice Oputa Court complex where he noted that the place was not yet ready for use owing to some structural defects, lack of office furniture and equipment.
Responding, the Head of Service, Barr. Ama Eluwa, pledged the cooperation and willingness of the workers to partner with the government in its quest to resuscitate the civil service for better productivity.