‘AMAC on track to im­prov­ing rev­enue base’

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Taiwo Adeniyi

The Chief Ac­coun­tant in the State House, Di­mas Hamidu, has said the Abuja Mu­nic­i­pal Area Coun­cil (AMAC) is on track in im­prov­ing its In­ter­nally Gen­er­ated Rev­enue (IGR).

Hamidu, who was a re­source per­son at a 2016 AMAC rev­enue sum­mit “Im­prov­ing In­ter­nally Gen­er­ated Rev­enue for Grass­roots De­vel­op­ment,” said the coun­cil’s con­sti­tu­tion of eco­nomic team, con­sul­tants and train­ings for its rev­enue of­fi­cers is pointer to the readi­ness of the coun­cil to boost its IGR.

“This is the right step for the coun­cil to gen­er­ate tan­gi­ble rev­enue, with­out de­pend­ing on their statu­tory al­lo­ca­tion from the fed­er­a­tion ac­count,” he said.

While pre­sent­ing one of the two pa­pers dur­ing the sum­mit ti­tled, ‘The Con­cept of Rev­enue Bud­get­ing At The Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Level,’ he said for there to be improvement of IGR in any lo­cal gov­ern­ment set­ting, there should be ad­e­quate data for the rel­e­vant author­i­ties to know those they are ap­proach­ing for the rev­enue and what to be col­lected.

He added that there has to be ad­e­quate knowl­edge of what con­sti­tutes the rev­enue base of the coun­cil; to en­able rev­enue of­fi­cers know what should ac­crue to the coun­cil.

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