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Governors meet to strategise on how to improve revenue

Governors meet to strategise on how to improve revenue

- State governors met in Abuja on how they can boost their Internally Generated Revenue

- Governor Yari said the governors discussed the outstanding issue of stamp duty owed states

- According to him, they were briefed on the issue of forensic audit carried out on NNPC by Governor El-Rufai

The Governors Forum met on Tuesday, February 14, to find ways of improving Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of states through the implementation of uniform standard in vehicle registration.

The chairman of the Forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, said this while briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the forum’s meeting in Abuja.

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He said that the decision was based on two presentations to the forum on how to improve the IGR through the vehicle license revenue and traffic management.

According to him, the states were losing a lot of revenues in the past.

He also said that the discussion also focused on customs duty to enable the states to join the rest of the world to have a licensing embedded in only a card, which could be swiped on a device to reveal all vehicle details.

"Today, what we are experiencing is bunch of papers which you sometimes find pecked somewhere," he said.

The governor noted that the common practice all over the world and in some West African countries was the presentation of only a card to vehicle inspection officers upon demand.

“We are trying to key in and we put a committee in place under the chairmanship of the governor of Bauchi, Mohammed Abubakar, to also relate with other companies interested in Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT).

“I think from there we can think about producing about one trillion cards over 10 years which has not been seen in the past," he added.

Yari said that the governors discussed the outstanding issue of stamp duty owed states, adding that the states were supposed to be in charge of stamp duty which was not so at present.

He said another committee headed by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state would handle the stamp duty matter.

He said that Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state also briefed the governors on the issue of forensic audit carried out on NNPC but which details would emerge at the next NEC meeting.

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The governor stated that the meeting as usual was held to prepare for discussions that would take place at the National Economic Council meeting.

The forum had earlier raised another committee to interface with the National Assembly on the best way to implement the creation of state and community policing being discussed across the country to curb crimes at the local levels had reported that Governor Abubakar said the creation of state police will begin the implementation of true federalism in the country.

He stated this on Tuesday, February 13, at the end of the high table dialogue on ethical values and national security in Abuja.

The event was also used to launch the Integrity and Service Programme of the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration.

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