Bauchi’s finance commissioner vows to improve IGR

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In view of the dwindle revenue accruable to the state coffers from the federal allocation, the Bauchi State Government has expressed its determination to improve its internally generated revenues (IGRs).

This was revealed by the state Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Modibbo Abdulkadir Ahmed, when he formally assumed office as the helmsman in charge of the ministry.

Ahmed, a son of a one-time Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Abdulkadir Ahmed, was one of the 21 commissioners who took their oaths of office and allegiance, which was administered on by the state Chief Judge, Justice Rabi Talatu Umar, as new commissioners appointed by Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed.

Speaking while being received by staff and management of the ministry, Ahmed said the current realities made it imperative for the state government to evolve new strategies of doing business with a view to generate more revenues to the state coffers to supplement allocations from the Federal Government.

The commissioner further said that apart from improving the revenue base of the state, the ministry would renew its partnership and collaboration with stakeholders. This, he said, was to ensure that the state would be able to access more incomes and interventions.

He expressed appreciation to Governor Mohammed for finding him worthy of the appointment, assuring the governor of his loyalty and commitment to the administration’s success.

In his words: “Once again, I want to thank our governor, His Excellency, Senator Bala Mohammed, my boss for this opportunity and to assure him of my total loyalty and commitment towards the success of his administration.

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“I seek prayers, support and cooperation from stakeholders to enable me carry out his duty effectively as we are determined to ensure things go well, especially improvement in IGR and other sources of income of our state.”

While lauding Governor Mohammed for the successes recorded by his administration in the last two years, the commissioner called on the people of the state to continuously support as well as pray for the governor to enable him succeed in the task of governing the state successfully.

While welcoming the new commissioner earlier, the acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Husaini Rilwanu, assured him of the support of both staff and management of the ministry with a view to ensuring effective service delivery.

The permanent secretary informed that the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in the state had the responsibility of generating revenues from various sources, disbursing funds for development projects and service delivery as approved by the State Executive Council.

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