Anambra State government says most revenue generated in the State by past administrations went into private pockets.
The State governor, Charles Soludo made the allegation in a Press statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Christian Aburime.
He revealed that the Governor spoke at a bid auction for internally generated revenue, IGR concessions in the State.
Open bidding for loading and offloading of heavy duty trucks, sand beach, environmental remediation, borrow pit, among other concessions were conducted.
Aburime explained that the bid auction was thrown open by the state Governor, who witnessed the bid process organized for qualified and interested people, conducted at Professor Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Center, Awka.
He lamented that some pensioners in the State have not been paid their gratuities since 2018, in accumulated debts running into billions of Naira.
The Governor said, “Most of the revenue generated in the past ended up in private pockets”.
“We shall pay these pensioners and offset these debts. Everyone that retired during my administration are being paid as well”, Soludo said.
Speaking further, the Governor said, “We are assuring Ndi Anambra that they shall see the value of every Naira we spend. We must give value to our people and assure transparency in our public finances.”
“The benefit of an increased revenue is for the poor masses and future of Anambra state. The target is to generate an extra N10 Billion Monthly for the state,” Soludo concluded.
The statement added that the State deputy governor, Mr Onyekachukwu Ibezim, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Ernest Ezeajughi, Chairman of Anambra State Internal Revenue Service, AIRS, Mr. Richard Madiebo, Commissioners, were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.
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