Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has frowned at the dependence of states on Federal allocations.
He told journalists in Kaduna that “we are putting in place new policies to boost IGR of the state. We will take advantage of our proximity to the federal capital to increase IGR. We want to achieve this by looking at the avenue of taxable income or property.”
He said his administration was engaging one hundred thousand farmers in the N220 billion Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Anchor Borrowers’ programme for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Fund.
He said the effort was aimed at alleviating poverty especially in rural areas and fight food insecurity in the state.
Sani Bello added that the government had also taken measures to reposition the educational sector by establishing Senior Science Schools in the three senatorial zones of the state to improve the quality of education.
He said that the rehabilitation programme for some state-owned media outfits would soon begin, to make them operational and functional for information dissemination to every nook and cranny of the state.
Four hundred youths, he added, had also been engaged in skills acquisition programmes to equip them for self-reliance and reduce youth restiveness in the state.
The Governor said that his administration was premised on the ‘Restoration Agenda’ with its key priority areas geared towards boosting socio-economic activities in the state.
“Based on the manifesto of our party and the need to provide quality, accessible and affordable services for the good of Nigerlites, we set out to reposition the state in line with our Restoration Agenda which is premised on the following priorities: Agriculture, Health, Education, Youth and Women Empowerment, Peace and Security, Value re-orientation and Industrialization.”
He noted that the cardinal priority of his administration was in line with the core commitments of the ruling party which include Relief, Recovery and Reform.
“We started with a major institutional reform in the state civil service. We reduced ministries from 25 to 15. We also reduced permanent secretaries from 54 to 25. We have started implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy to curb corrupt practices.
Through reforms, we are creating the enabling environment for both local and foreign investors to see Niger State as a preferred destination,” he concluded.