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Improving IGR For Sustainable Growth And Development

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The Bala Mohammed Way

Most of the thirty six states of the federation depends largely on monthly allocation from the federation including the federal capital territory Fct Abuja to pay salaries and execute developmental projects.

With the dwindling resources across the globe, (Nigeria inclusive), state governor’s finds it difficult to pay salaries and execute developmental projects at the same time.

In line with this ugly development, Governor Bala Mohammed who assumed office in 2019 came with a Blue print on how best to develop the state, using the Bauchi state internal Revenue service BIRS to augment what is accruing to the state as monthly allocation from the federal government.

In his determination to explore creative ways of funding the many infrastructural projects, Governor Bala Mohammed appointed an astute tax administrator Alh Muazu Usman as the Executive chairman, Bauchi state internal Revenue service BIRS (an office he once held and brought alot of reforms in tax administration in Bauchi state).

Bauchi state being a civil service state is faced with so many financial challenges and upon assumption of office, the BIRS Boss in line with Governor Bala mohammed’s tax driven policies, overhauled the Bauchi state internal Revenue service by creating avenues for harnessing previously untapped Revenue and block leakages through which the state was being shortchanged without posing any untold hardship on the tax payers in Bauchi state.

For instance, reports indicates that in the entire four years of the previous administration, only 27billion Naira was realized as internally Generated Revenue IGR of the state.

With various reforms however when Governor Bala Mohammed assumed office in 2019, there are Sharp increase in revenue which rose to about three hundred percent where from 2019 to 2022, the Bauchi state internal Revenue service BIRS generated the sum of 42.68 billion naira as internally Generated Revenue IGR.

This increase in revenue generation accounts for the many infrastructural development across the state as Governor Bala Mohammed has repeatedly commends the state Revenue service BIRS for its efforts with firm determination to continue to use little and do alot of projects.

Apart from impacting positively on the provision of basic social amenities to the people, development partners have developed greater confidence in the state’s ability to meet their obligations, particularly the financial flow in prompt payment of counterpart funds.

The following measures assisted the Bala Mohammed led administration and the Revenue office in recording what tax administrators may simply puts” remarkable success and increase in revenue generation”.

  1. The implementation of the Treasury single account TSA.
  2. Automation of Revenue administration and the adoption of multiple Revenue payment options for tax payers.
  3. Passage of the Bauchi state tax harmonization law, the staff contributory pension arrears as Bauchi state has met all disbursement related indicators under the world Bank assisted state fiscal transparency, accountability and sustainability.

In collaboration with the USAID funded state2state project, Bauchi state has developed a robust IGR expansion strategy for the short, medium and long term to enable the state sustain the momentum.

With the aforementioned and the laudable projects executed across the state by Governor Bala Mohammed one can concludes by saying “it pays to pay your tax”.

John Murai writes from Bauchi state.

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You Can Only Give What You Have Got

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One Year Of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu Security And Defense Policy Costodians

By Awwal Abdullahi Aliyu

The Minister for Defense Alh. Badaru Abubakar fits this adage. During his tenure as the Executive Governor of Jigawa State and the Chief Security Officer, his domain witnessed and enjoyed maximum peace, security and adjoining growth.

This experience he brought to bear as the Minister for Defense. At the State level he coordinated all security organs, harmonized them, gave each organ the terms of reference of Operations while webbing them all together as a unit for the desired results. There were no overlapping references but overlapping corporation and coordination.

“You can only give what you have” is what Alh Badaru Abubakar is exuding within the Ministry of Defense.
Presentation Bola Ahmed Tinubu made the right choice of “the right peg in the right hole”. The Minister Mr. Badaru Abubakar in return reciprocated by coordinating the Chief of Defence Staff, the Service Chiefs (Land, Air and Sea) and not leaving behind the Minister of State Defence Alh Bello Matawalle with the respective roles to play so as to achieve the results that our sovereign nation is witnessing today.

One cannot shy away from mentioning some oversight responsibilities that have seen either tremendous achievements, overhaul or complete make-over to be in tandem with world best practices.

To mention just a few that have gone through any of the above are:
1, Defense Industries Corporation (DICON)Kaduna.

2, Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji.

3, The Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna.

4, National Defense College, Abuja.

5, Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Center Oshodi.

6, Defense Health Maintenance Abuja.

7, Defense Intelligence Agency Abuja.

8, Defense Space Administration, Abuja.

9, National Hydrographic Agency.
To mention just a few.

In return, the resultant consequences to the tenacious oversight functions, the following results were achieved:

(A), Special Operations Force was empowered, improved and expanded.

(B), Policy Framework on reducing dependency on foreign equipment and developing local content and adaptable technology was achieved.

(C,) Welfare of personnel at all strata both at the Frontline and home base was improved, hence boosting the morale of officers.

(D), Capacity building of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the point where other Foreign Forces are eager and seeking collaboration with ours.

(E).General Stability in the Ecowas sub region to a point where insurgency is gainfully contained.

(F), Nigeria’s territorial waters and the protection of Nigeria’s oil installations On and Off shore has been a positive impact on security when it comes to piracy, improved drilling/ production and accountability of crude oil.

(G), Electronic Content management system is being developed and deployed for effective content and personnel management, which will help in the implementation of personnel performance records and promote accountability, promotion and career satisfaction in public service.

(H), Arsenal, equipment and training cuts across the Army, Navy and Air Force.

(I)Armed forces Veterans Welfare have been taken seriously by the Honorable Minister Badaru Abubakar first he started with a meeting with the leadership of various bodies afterwards two Ministerial Committee’s were set up to look into the Welfare and well-being of the Retired Military Veterans.

This is not a medium to list all, it would be counter productive to do so. However, we are witnessing the achievements so far.
To mention just a few.

The ” Defense” business can and should not be seen as an ‘ instant coffee” affair. Good healthy coffee comes from carefully selected coffee beans from an optimum climatic producing zone, roasted, ground and percolated….it’s a long process, but the best is got. Alh Badaru Abubakar personifies just that and with a support of a “Formidable” team.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu did not make a mistake to make him Team Leader.
This is “Renewed Hope” in it’s purest form, achievement and Glory.

Cmrd Awwal Abdullahi Aliyu National president NSNCM.
Nineteen Seventeen Northern Consensus Movement For Peace Unity Empowerment and Development initiative an amalgamation of 596 affiliated Registered Community base Socio Cultural and Economic inclined grassroot Northern Associations.

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The Essence Of Political Loyalty: A Pathway To Development

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By Usman Abdullahi Koli, ANIPR

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” This proverb aptly captures the essence of political loyalty and its potential to foster development. Democracy has granted citizens the freedom to express themselves and share their opinions regarding the activities of the government and its leaders. Such freedoms are not only for citizens but for leaders as well, who are entitled to enjoy these rights. Therefore, there is nothing wrong if a leader supports another leader whom he regards as his political role model.

Recently, the Speaker of the Bauchi State Assembly expressed his loyalty to the State Governor, a gesture that is both normal and beneficial. The mutual understanding between the legislative and executive arms of government will result in significant developments for the masses. If these arms are antagonistic towards each other, progress would be impeded. People and leaders should be allowed to express their minds and appreciate whoever they like, as long as it doesn’t prevent them from fulfilling their official responsibilities.

Honorable Abubakar Y. Sulaiman, despite being a leader in the State House of Assembly, has consistently delivered on the mandates he swore to uphold. The Speaker is gradually fulfilling the promises made during his political campaigns, with the people in his constituency attesting to this through the immense benefits they receive. His loyalty to the state’s foremost citizen, who shares the same political party, translates to driving developmental projects to his people. Ningi and its environs enjoy power and water supply, access to qualified health practitioners, standard schools, and a host of other amenities.

Being from the constituency of the Speaker, I can personally testify to the positive impact of his leadership. The improvements in infrastructure and public services have significantly enhanced the quality of life for residents. The alignment between the Speaker and the Governor has resulted in a seamless execution of policies and projects that cater to the needs of the populace.

Moreover, the collaborative relationship between the legislative and executive branches fosters a stable and progressive political environment. This unity not only accelerates development but also strengthens the trust and confidence of the citizens in their leaders. As a citizen of this state, it is reassuring to see our representatives working in harmony to achieve common goals that benefit us all.

The Speaker’s commitment to his constituents extends beyond infrastructure. He has initiated various social programs aimed at empowering youth and women, providing scholarships, and supporting small businesses. These initiatives not only improve the socio-economic status of the people but also create opportunities for sustainable development. His actions demonstrate that political loyalty, when aligned with public service, can be a powerful tool for transformative change.

Furthermore, the Speaker’s efforts in promoting transparency and accountability have set a high standard for governance. His dedication to open communication with his constituents ensures that their voices are heard and their needs addressed. This approach not only builds a stronger community but also reinforces the democratic values upon which our society is built.

Usman Abdullahi Koli,
mernoukoli@gmail.com

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Gov Fintiri Charges ANAN On Transparency, Accountability In Resource Management

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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has charged members of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) in Adamawa to exhibiting transparency and accountability in the management of public resources.

The Governor who gave the charge when he granted audience to the state leadership of the association in the Government House, Yola Tuesday, appreciates the conducts of ANAN in the state.

Governor Umaru Fintiri noted with happiness that the members of ANAN in Adamawa stand for excellence and integrity which he described as the foundational cornerstones of his administration.

He promised continued support to ANAN in the state, asking the members to maintain the spirit of prudence, eschew corrupt tendencies and ensure effective management of resources at their disposal.

Earlier in his remarks, the State Chairman of ANAN, Mr Titus Obadia congratulated Governor Fintiri on his recent well deserved victory at the supreme Court, affirming the trust of the electorate bestowed on him.

As an association, the Chairman said the members of ANAN in the state will remain committed to contribute to the advancement of Adamawa and saluted Governor Fintiri for his considerable developmental strides.

He informed that Adamawa is set to host this year’s Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) of ANAN from first to third July in Yola and appeals for Governor Fintiri’s support towards holding a successful event.

SAHEL REPORTERS.

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