- Calls have been made for governments at all levels to focus on fighting poverty
- The calls were made by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state
- The duo made the call at the recent 18th Joint Planning Board and National Council on Development Planning meeting
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state have called for governments at all levels in Nigeria to join hands to fight the menace of poverty.
The duo made the call at the 18th Joint Planning Board and National Council on Development Planning meeting in Asaba, the Delta state capital on Friday, October 11.
Osinbajo said cooperation among all tiers of government important, noting that it would help citizens to be productively engaged and lifted out of poverty.
He also urged state governments to improve tax administration and widen tax nets to make it easier for people to pay taxes, which in turn can spur development.
He said the theme of the meeting - State Fiscal Sustainability and Economic Diversification in Nigeria – was timely and at the core of governance at all levels.
“States must overcome these fiscal challenges that they face by engaging in fiscal strategic planning and identify areas they have comparative advantages,” he said.
Also speaking at the event, Governor Okowa said that it was imperative for his colleagues across the country to imbibe the culture of fiscal discipline.
He gave details of the success story recorded in Delta following his government's strict adherence to the Fiscal Responsibility Law.
He also informed the audience that Delta citizens have keyed into the initiative by taking skills acquisition and entrepreneurship serious and understanding that it is a viable employment option
Meanwhile, Governor Okowa says his government is ready to pay the new N30,000 minimum wage.
The governor said his administration will soon kick-start the process.
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