The management of Economic Planning, Revenue Generation, and Public-Private Partnership (EPRGPPP) Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory has trained over 150 revenue desk officers.
Speaking while declaring open the two-day training, which was held recently at the conference hall of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), the Secretary of the Secretariat, Hon. Agboola Dabiri, urged the revenue officers and heads of revenue-generating Secretariats, Departments, and Agencies (SDAs) to show more commitment and dedication to the onerous task of raising the internally-generated revenue profile of the Administration by improving their knowledge and skills in revenue drives and management.
This was made known in a press statement signed by Mr. Nnachi Okafor, the Chief Information Officer of the agency.
He charged them to seek more avenues and sources of revenue for the FCTA while plugging revenue leakages in their various SDAs. He explained that the Secretariat has been championing the cause of harmonizing revenue from all revenue-generating agencies in the FCT with a view to blocking leakages and grow revenue for the provision of social services for the people as well as infrastructure for the accelerated development of the FCT. He said, in view of this, he would continue to extend the hands of friendship and collaboration across all revenue-generating SDAs and other strategic stakeholders in the FCT towards actualizing his mandate.
Highlighting some of the objectives and benefits accruing from sustained revenue generation and payment of taxes, the Secretary further explained that without sustained revenue generation, the Administration’s plans to embark on and complete massive infrastructural projects in the FCT would be a mirage, especially in the areas of road construction, electricity, potable water, health, and qualitative education. “Without revenue, the government cannot provide public infrastructures such as good roads, hospitals, schools, and other welfare services for the people. The economy of the FCT needs transformation. We need to put in more efforts; we need to bring more creativity and innovation in our revenue generation initiatives”, he noted.
Speaking in his goodwill message to mark the end of the two-day capacity-building worship, the Honourable Minister of the FCT, Mallam Musa Bello, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Alh. Muhammed Abubakar Sadiq, emphasized the importance of improving the IGR of the FCT Administration considering the numerous development challenges facing the Administration, and the need to mobilize resources for the provision of social amenities for the residents of the FCT.
In his words: “The importance of improving our internally generated revenue cannot be overstated if we are to fulfill our mandate and meet our objective of building for our country a world-class city. Although we currently rank second (only to Lagos State), it is no secret that our internally-generated revenue is no longer sufficient. No matter how seemingly impressive, it is a far cry from what we actually require to fulfill our mandate, he emphasized.