The Network of Yobe Civil Society Organizations (NYCSO) has expressed more concern over the persistent fall in Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) performance in the state.
Executive Director NYCSO, Alhaji Baba Shehu made this known in a statement issued to newsmen in Damaturu, the State Capital.
According to him NYSCO recognizes the importance of transparency and accountability in the Public Finance Management (PFM) sector, and applaud governments’ commitment to these principles.
He explained that despite commendable efforts by the administration of Governor Mai Mala Buni to enact laws aimed at prudent resource management and fiscal stability, the recent fiscal performance report, ranking Yobe State as the 32nd state in the country in 2023, was alarming.
He attributed the ranking of the states’ low IGR, with skyrocketing of domestic debt profile.
NYSCO urged the State Government to direct all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) to be intentional about improving revenue generation and cooperate with the Internal Revenue Service board for the successful discharge of its statutory mandate, as provided by the law.
“the capital budget performance of some key service delivery MDAs as at Q3 is equally abysmal and contradictory with His Excellency’s policy statements for the 2023 fiscal year budget proposals” he added.
NYCSO calls on the state government to sincerely implement the recommendations of the State Fiscal Responsibility reports of the previous years.
As a Coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), NYCSO pledges its commitment to supporting government by actively engaging in sensitizing the general public to fulfill their tax obligations.
“the Network also recognizes the crucial role of citizens in contributing to the overall socio-economic development by cooperating with the policies and programs of the government”
Similarly, NYCSO calls on the State Government to consider all its recommendations as urgent and crucial for the socio-economic development of Yobe State.