Group expresses concern over Yobe’s low IGR, calls for improved fiscal discipline

The Network of Yobe Civil Society Organizations, (NYCSO), has expressed concern over the persistent low Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) performance of the Government of Yobe State.

The Network through its Executive Director, Baba Shehu raised the concern in a statement signed and made available to newsmen in Damaturu.

According to the statement, NYCSO recognized the importance of transparency and accountability in the Public Finance Management (PFM) sector, hence applauds the government’s commitment to these principles.

It said, “However, the recent fiscal performance report, ranking Yobe State as the 32nd state in the country in 2023, raises significant alarms.

“NYCSO attributes this ranking to the state’s low IGR, coupled with a skyrocketing domestic debt profile.”

“Despite a slight increase in IGR compared to 2022, the non-operationalization of the Yobe State Internal Revenue Law, assented to by His Excellency since 2021, remains a critical setback to effective and efficient revenue generation”, the group said.

It urged the State Government to among other things grant the State Internal Revenue Service an Executive Order to implement the revenue law effectively, so as to enhance revenue collection and remittance in line with the provisions of the State Revenue Law 2021 (as amended).

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