BY: saint mienpamo (yenagoa) 08 August 2012
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has inaugurated a 9-man Revenue Committee with a mandate to assist government explore legitimate means to beef up its internally generated revenue.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony at Government House, Yenagoa, Governor Dickson charged the committee to undertake a general review of the State Internal Revenue Board from its inception to date.
Describing Bayelsa as the state with the least internally generated revenue (IGR) in the country, Governor Dickson said his administration has decided to take pragmatic measures to address the unacceptably low revenue profile of the state.
The Governor remarked that, unless a state can meet its recurrent obligations from internally generated sources, such a state cannot be said to be financially free.
“The state should be managed in such a way that our independence and ability to sustain our operations should not be dependent on variables that are beyond our control. Our aspiration going forward particularly with our robust programme is to see that we generate enough income to be able to meet our recurrent expenditure”, he said.
Reeling out the committee’s terms of reference, Governor Dickson charged them to identify the various sources of IGR available to the state. The committee which is expected to conclude its assignment within one month was also directed to ascertain the amounts of IGR collected and payment made by the revenue board to government from its inception to date.
Furthermore, the committee is mandated to examine the internal corporate governance issues within the board, which have militated against its effectiveness as well as make any other recommendations that will assist government to reposition the state internal revenue Board.
The Committee, which is headed by Chief Francis Doukpola has the Special Adviser on Treasury, Accounts and Revenue, Mr. Timipre Seipulou as its Secretary.
Members of the committee include the Special Adviser on Budget, Mr. Ifiemi Ikpaikpai, Mr. Tom Owugha, Mr. Anthony Audi and Chief Nyanayo Tubor – Miela.
Other members are Mr. Felix Pere Kalama, Femebra Zimughan, Mrs. Daisy Goldie and Mr. Alate Ebite Maxwell.
Responding, the Chairman of the revenue committee, Chief Francis Doukpola, who described revenue as the engine that drives any system, underscored the need to boost the IGR of the state to augment what accrues to it from the Federation Account.
Chief Doukpola pledged that the committee would work conscientiously to achieve set goals within the time allotted to it.