Governors set to improve revenue generation

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Nigerian governors have resolved to improve revenue generation via the introduction of smart and uniform standard vehicle registration.

The governors, under the platform of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) at a meeting set up a number of committees on different subjects that could improve their revenue profile.

The Chairman of the Forum, Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, disclosed that the plan to improve on vehicle registration was based on the presentations made at their meeting in Abuja.

The two presentations were on how to improve the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) through the vehicle license revenue and traffic management he added that the states were losing a lot of revenues in the past.

He noted that the discussion also focused on customs duty to enable the states 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.

The governor said 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.

He said that the forum is trying to key into world standard and has put a committee in place under the chairmanship of the governor of Bauchi, Mohammed Abubakar, to relate with other companies interested in Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT).

Yari said the governors had discussed the outstanding issue of stamp duty adding that the states will take charge of stamp duty matter through a committee headed by Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state.

Gov. Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna state also briefed the governors on the issue of the forensic audit carried out on NNPC adding that details would emerge at the next NEC meeting.

The governors maintained that the meeting was held to prepare for discussions that would take place at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting.

Meanwhile, the forum had earlier raised another committee to interface with the National Assembly on the best way to implement the creation of state and community policing being discussed across the country to curb crimes at the local levels.

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