New measures are being introduced by the Zamfara State government to improve Internally Generated Revenue of the state.
This was stated by Alhaji Bala Bello, Secretary to the State Government yesterday in Gusau, while receiving officials from the state’s Vehicle Investigation Office, who paid him a courtesy visit.
Bello urged the VIO to get ready for the huge role it would play in the efforts to improve the north-western state’s revenue base.
Bello who spoke through Press Secretary to the SSG, Malam Idris Salisu, stated that the measure became necessary following the low revenue in previous years.
“The state collected only N25,000,000 as annual IGR in 2016. We find this too low and unacceptable and have adopted new strategies to improve the situation,” he said.
He told the VIO that the state government is ready to improve its work so as to enable them to contribute more income to the state.
The state’s Chief VIO, Ibrahim Yusuf, said the team was in the SSG’s office to congratulate him on his appointment and to tell him about various challenges that were confronting the unit.
Yusuf appealed to the state government to rehabilitate the VIO headquarters and equip it with modern facilities to ensure more efficiency.
Among the challenges was the lack of accommodation for staff, porous office complex that had made it difficult to detain vehicles within the premises, lack of patrol vehicles, among others.
He also called on the state government to establish a Motor Vehicles Administration Agency as directed by the Federal Government, to ease its activities.