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August 14, 2018

Using the Bailout Fund from FG

  Recently President Muhammadu Buhari announced a bailout fund of N713.7 billion in response to the distress call from state governors who are now broke and unable to pay salaries. Since then several well-meaning individuals and groups have continued to warn governors against the diversion of the money to personal use and ‘elephant’ projects. Those who have insisted that the money should be entirely spent on the payment of arrears of salaries and pensions include: the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP). The General Secretary of NLC, Dr. Peter Ozon-Eson,…

Making Money for Government and Smiling

Politics is not for Lilian Asuzu until she hangs her hat as a civil servant. Then, you can check her out on any political platform – the lucky party isn’t known yet. It may be DPP, PCA, PUGA or any other.  But until then, you cannot draw the soft-spoken, conscientious permanent secretary into any public political banter or debate. She’s keeping it close to her chest for now. Like most top civil servants, hers is to support the Government of the day until she hangs her boots. Former Head of Service Mrs. Nkechi Onumajulu made that clear in her interview…

Imo Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) must be autonomous

The Imo State Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) should be made autonomous if the much needed increase in Internally Generated revenue (IGR) for Imo State is to be realized. It must be realized that the establishment of Task Forces on revenue Generation is usually not the solution to the dwindling Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) situation in any State.  Rather, the only way out is to make the BIR autonomous and free from the day to day Government control, supervision and monitoring.  By this process, BIR should be allowed to utilize about 5% of whatever IGR they generate for personnel and…