The 23 local governments in Kaduna State lose over N3 billion monthly because of outdated laws and lack of transparency in the councils, a tax expert from the World Bank funded project, GEMS3-DFID, Abdullatif Adebiyi, has said.
Adebiyi stated this yesterday in Kaduna at a capacity building programme for local government revenue officers. He said presently, Kaduna-North and South local governments do not generate up to N10 million monthly, but pay salaries of more than N10 million. “These local governments are losing over N3 billion monthly because of leakages and the revenue laws itself. We are reviewing the leakages and the revenue laws.
Our aim is that when we finish equipping revenue officers in all the 23 local governments, they will be able to generate up to 300 per cent of what they are generating today. For example, they are signing an agreement with a consultant on bill board advertisements, and that will be able to generate N3 billion. What they have been collecting for signing adverts in all the local government is not up to N300,000 million. The problem they have in the local governments is that moneys are collected as revenues, but are channelled to private pockets,” Adebiji said.
Speaking further, the World Bank revenue expert said, “When we came, we did an analysis of all the local governments to see what we can do to accelerate internally generated revenue so that they won’t be relying on the state or the Federal Government. One of the things we discovered in the local governments is lack of capacity by the revenue officers to generate revenue internally. Some of them don’t even know which way to go, but we have put mechanisms in place to make these things work better”.