Imo IGR is shrouded in scam, says Ihedioha
Imo State governor, Emeka Ihedioha, has stated all activities relating to Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the State is shrouded in scam
The Imo governor, who addressed the workers during an unscheduled visit to the secretariat enjoined civil servants in the state to assist the government in generating revenue to meet its obligations.
According to Ihedioha who was accompanied by his Deputy and Secretary to the State Government, Gerald Ironna and Uche Onyeaguocha, “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”.
The governor assured the workers that the state government will pay full salaries as against the 80% paid by the last administration.
In his words, “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. We decided to undertake this visit to have a firsthand 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”.
Responding, the Head of Service, Barr Ama Eluwa, assured that the workers wil partner with the government in its quest to resuscitate the civil service for better productivity.