Nigerian Governors Resolve On Increasing IGR For States

The Governors Forum on Wednesday night met to find ways of improving Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of states through the implementation of uniform standard in vehicle registration.

Chairman of the Forum, Governors Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, told State House Correspondents that the decision was based on two presentations to the forum on how to improve the IGR through the vehicle license revenue and traffic management.

He explained that the discussion also focused on customs duty to enable the states to join the rest of the world to have a licensing embedded in only a card, which could be swiped on a device to reveal all vehicle details.

“Today, what we are experiencing is bunch of papers which you sometimes find pecked somewhere.” he said.

The governor noted that the common practice all over the world and in some West African countries was the presentation of only a card to vehicle inspection officers upon demand.

“We are trying to key in and we put a committee in place under the chairmanship of the governor of Bauchi, Mohammed Abubakar, to also relate with other companies interested in Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT).

“I think from there we can think about producing about one trillion cards over 10 years which has not been seen in the past.’’

Yari said that the governors discussed the outstanding issue of stamp duty owed states, adding that the states were supposed to be in charge of stamp duty which was not so at present.

He said another committee headed by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state would handle the stamp duty matter.

He said that Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna state also briefed the governors on the issue of forensic audit carried out on NNPC but which details would emerge at the next NEC meeting.

The governor stated that the meeting as usual was held to prepare for discussions that would take place at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting.

PHOTONEWS: Nigeria Governors Forum Technical Committee On Constitutional Amendment Meet

The Nigerian Governors Forum and Conference of Speakers Technical Committee on Constitutional Amendment on Thursday met at the Osun Governor’s Lodge in Abuja.

The Committee has as its Chairman, Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola as well as Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu SAN among others.

Dolapo Julius took some shots from the meeting.



Buhari: Governors’ Forum Plans Sending Delegation to UK

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum may send some governors to visit President Muhammadu Buhari in the United Kingdom, except the President returns home between now and next week.

This plan was one of the conclusions reached at the last governors’ meeting in Abuja.

According to a report published by the Punch, “An impeccable source at the meeting, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the governors also decided to send a goodwill message to the President’s family in Nigeria.

“The source, however, hinted that the President might return home very soon based on the information available to the governors.

“He explained that representatives of the Governors’ Forum would have embarked on the UK trip immediately but for the information pointing towards the President’s return anytime from now.

“A governor, who was at the meeting, who also spoke with one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity, said that the decision was taken at the governors meeting in Abuja on Thursday night.

He said the governors supported the idea after they were informed about the visit of the leadership of the National Assembly to the President during the week.

He said, “We will visit the President if he doesn’t come back in the next one week. We decided to do this after the leaders of the National Assembly led by the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki visited the President.

“It was a decision supported by all of us, including members of the Peoples Democratic Party, which is the main opposition party in the country.”

“However, the Director General of the NGF, Mr. Bayo Okauru, said he was not aware of the alleged proposed visit.

“Okauru said, “I’m not aware that such an issue was raised or discussed by the governors. If they plan to visit, it is their right but I’m not aware.”