From Rashidat AbdulRahman, Minna
The Niger State Commissioner for Finance, Hon. Lawal Maikano, has assured that he will identifying and cut away loopholes for free flow of cash in the state.
The commissioner made the assurance while speaking to journalists as he assumed office on Monday.
Hon. Maikano emphasized the need to improve on the work of the ministry so as to bring progress to it and the state as a whole.
“I want Ministry of Finance to be a model for other ministries in the state, we will make sure that the ministry will be the eye of the state, so that other ministries will emulate it.”
He stated that Internal Generated Revenue, IGR, would be increased by pulling all funds in one resource, retrieving funds with technological methods and ensuring that all linkages are identified and blocked.
The Commissioner added that the ministry will identify gaps and work towards improvement in terms of overhead expenditure that would be managed to the bearest minimum in order that funds can be used for capital projects for the benefit of people of the state.
“It could be, not collecting the right taxes or the way of collecting and not remitting to the proper channels and other efficiency.
“There is nothing like generating and spending when it is not accounted for it is no longer revenue. It must be accounted for, then you can spend”.
He further assured staff of the ministry of capacity building programmes where they will compete with others in higher places, and promised to encourage them to advance their knowledge frontiers, as well as improve on what they know and make it more useful to them and the society.
Hon. Maikano promised to operate an open door policy for efficient service delivery to the ministry, state and the country in general.