Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Anambra state Commissioner for Trade, Commerce, Markets and Wealth creation, Dr. Christian Madubuko, says he intends to introduce scientific methods of revenue collection to increase the state Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
He berated the attitude of the citizenry to tax payment promising that he would employ proven scientific model that would discourage tax evasion among eligible tax payers in the state.
Madubuko who disclosed some of his strategic resolutions to drive revenue generation in Anambra state at the weekend in Awka, maintained that he would replicate the Australian model that transformed the country from being a third world nation to one of the most advanced economies in the world.
According to him, “We will replicate what we see in advance countries here in Anambra. I know we have a listening governor who is in a haste to transform the state to one of the most advanced nations of the world within the shortest period of time.”
The commissioner who until his appointment was a senior lecturer at an Australian University, expressed hope that Anambra state being the home of commerce and industry in Nigeria, would in no distant time become one of the most developed states in Africa.
“Anambrarians are traders, while most of the incomes generated in the state come from Commerce. I want to contribute my quota to develop Anambra to be in line with his Excellency Governor Willie Obiano’s programmes. I promise that you will see things start to change for the best in the shortest period of time,” he added.
The commissioner revealed that he was able to gather some useful information from his investigations which identified some loopholes where government money disappeared into private pockets.
He therefore promised to institute some globally recognized methods of paying government revenue, without recourse to private interferences, where government money will go into government purse alone.
“Many things have gone wrong in Anambra state. I didn’t leave Australia to come here and play, I am sure I will introduce some reforms.
“I know it’s not going to be easy, but I will ensure I frustrate that system that allows government money to end up in private pockets, we will reverse the trend to the benefit of the people and the government of Anambra state,” he said.