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Bauchi generates only N250m monthly - Yuguda

22 October 2013, 15:02

Bauchi - Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State, on Monday, said the state internally generates only N250 million monthly.

The governor made the disclosure in Bauchi when members of the Ningi Emirate Council, led by the Emir, Yunusa Danyaya, paid him sallah homage.

He stressed the need for the state to increase its revenue generation by 95 per cent.

Yuguda said the monthly allocation to Bauchi from the Federation Account was between N3.2 to N3.3 billion, with workers salary alone taking more than N2billion.

"It is our desire to bring development to the door step of the people, but we are constrained by lack of reasonable internally generated revenue.

"As a result, we have to rely solely on the federal government for allocation if not; we will not survive as a state.

"What we generate monthly is so little that we cannot even pay our workers salaries not to talk of (embarking on) capital projects.

"We must devise ways of improving the situation otherwise, when Nigerian oil, which every state is looking up to, is finished or its market falls, Bauchi will cease to exist as a state’’,  he said.

Yuguda blamed the state’s poor revenue generation to absence of industries and high rate unemployment.

"How can any government generate revenue when there is nobody to tax?

"You cannot tax people that are not working and business is not booming in the state. No industries to tax, no worker to tax; how can we survive?’’

Yuguda, however, said that in spite of the low revenue profile of the state, his administration had achieved a lot in terms of infrastructure development.

He said that positive development had been recorded in the areas of health care delivery, education, agriculture and other sectors of the economy.

Yuguda called on the people of the state to be law-abiding and maintain peace so as to attract investors for business to thrive and create employment.

Earlier, Danyaya said the visit was to pay homage to the governor and to felicitate with him on the peaceful celebration of Eid-El-Kabir.

He appealed to the governor to include Ningi in his urban development plans, adding that the town had a lot to offer if upgraded to an urban settlement.

Danyaya also appealed to the governor to complete all ongoing projects in the emirate which included roads and rural electrification.

-   NAN


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