Cross River: Imoke Assents To 2011, Hings On IGR
CALABAR, Feb 23, (THEWILL) - Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) has been described as a veritable ingredient of budgeting for any government to achieve its expected goals.
Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State made the assertion while signing the 2011 Appropriation Bill into law, disclosing that government intends to lay more emphasis on internally generated revenue to enable it acquire enough resources for the full implementation of its budget, stressing that the exercise is critical in any government where service and development is paramount.
According to Imoke, who referred to the 2011 budget as an “important document”, said it will help government realize its critical programmes as well as tackle critical challenges as the fiscal instrument will not only consolidate development efforts to date but expedite the realization of its dreams thereby giving hope to the people.
The governor explained that the budget whose emphasis is on development and capital projects represents a plan of action which has been tinkered for the well being of the people and advancement of the State while calling on Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) to make effective contributions for the State to realize its determination of taking government to those that need it most.
He commended the State House of Assembly whom he referred to as “partner in development” for its cooperation and support by providing guidance, recommendations and advice as its passage was not automatic as each MDA was called to defend its presentation, describing it as a complementing initiative between the executive and legislative arms aimed at providing dividend of good governance.
Earlier, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Fidelis Ugbo, lauded the relationship between the two arms of government
Mr. Ugbo said the 2011 budget as passed through strenuous legislative processes before the governor’s assent.
The State Government proposed a budget for 2011 amounting to over N88 billion naira.