Yobe Civil Society Groups Raise Alarm Over Low IGR
By Ahmed Abba
The Network of Yobe Civil Society Organisations (NYCSO) has expressed deep concern over the state’s persistently low Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
The NYCSO Executive Director, Alhaji Baba Shehu highlighted the recent fiscal performance report at a press briefing in Damaturu on Friday.
He described the report, which ranked Yobe the 32nd state in the country in 2023, as a cause for serious alarm.
Shehu attributed this abysmal ranking to the state’s low IGR and its ballooning domestic debt profile.
While acknowledging a marginal increase in IGR from 2022 to 2023, he pointed to the non-operationalization of the Yobe State Internal Revenue Law, assented to by Governor Mai Buni in 2021, as a major contributing factor to the setback.
The NYCSO urged the state government to take immediate and decisive action to address the critical issue.
Shehu specifically advised the government to grant the Yobe Internal Revenue Service an Executive Order to effectively implement the Revenue Law.
He emphasized that this would significantly enhance the collection and remittance of all revenues in line with the law’s provisions.
Shehu expressed appreciation for the government’s understanding and voiced anticipation of positive actions that would foster sustainable growth and development in the state.
“As a Coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), NYCSO remains committed to supporting the government by actively engaging in sensitizing the general public to fulfill their tax obligations,” he affirmed.
The Executive Director NYCSOA, Alhaji Baba Shehu