His Excellency Willie Obiano, Governor of Anambra State has threatened to deal mercilessly with any civil servant in the state who connives with revenue agents to steal state money, thereby sabotaging government’s efforts to build up the state’s Internally Generated Revenue, IGR.
While addressing permanent secretaries and directors in the state civil service at the Governor’s Lodge in Awka yesterday, the Governor said: “We are not so happy that our IGR is still hovering between N1.2billion to N1.3billion monthly. We can do better than that.
“Indeed, we can do more with the strategies we have adopted, but some of you here connive to steal internally generated revenues that would have accrued to the state government. Please don’t go in that direction again because we will arrest and disgrace those involved out of the service and try them in the law courts.”
Willie made it clear that the situation was unacceptable. He reminded them that his administration had continued to keep faith in the state workforce as he showed in the fifteen percent increase in their salary, as well as regular payment of salaries. Not to mention allowances and distribution of food items to all categories of workers during festive seasons.
Obiano assured them that he was not planning to fire anybody despite the condition of the country but urged workers to personalize the vision, mission and strategy of his administration. He promised that training programmes would be organized for the workers to enable them imbibe the core values that were required of them to ensure the rapid growth of the state.