The Delta State Government has said that its Internally Generated
Revenue has increased from N12.2 billion in 2007 to N45.5 billion in
The Commissioner for Information, Chike Ogeah, made this known to
newsmen on the outcome of the State Economic Advisory Committee
meeting in Asaba, the state capital, on Friday.
Ogeah said the committee observed that the IGR of the state rose from
N12.2 billion in 2007 to N37.4 billion in 2011, while in 2012 it
increased to N45.5 billion.
He said the state was targeting N61 billion in 2013, adding that it
had already realised N23 billion between January and May.
The commissioner said the committee commended the state for improving
on its IGR and advised that more should be done to further soar it.
He said it also advised the state to improve on its financial status
through aggressive media and tax campaign, adding this would boost the financial base of the state.
Ogeah noted that the committee approved the appointment of a
consultant to handle the Biometric Data Capturing of workers to reduce
the N6.8 billion and N7.1 billion monthly wage bills.
The consultant is Quanteq Technology Limited.
He said the committee was of the view that the wage bill of the state
was “too high” and advised the state government to work towards
The committee, he added, believed that the outcome of the exercise
would help to reduce the wage bill of the state when the “ghost
workers” in the state civil service were flushed out.
The commissioner noted that the committee was of the opinion that the
IGR of the state should be able to take care of the wage bill of the
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