Nasarawa Govt task MDAs on revenue drive

By Anthony Adgidzi

The need for Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies to focus on Human Capital Development for the purpose of economic planning and development growth has been stressed.

The Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe stated this during a meeting with the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Human Capital Development and the management of the State Ministry of Justice in his office inn Lafia recently.  

He said, for the government to attain its development goals, the MDAs should use its human resources to advice the government, where necessary, on ways to efficiently generate more revenue to the state.

Dr. Akabe who stressed the need for economic growth, said government would not relent in its drive to meet the needs and aspiration of the people, and this can be possible if the people accord the government the necessary support.

On his part, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Professor Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana said, in line with the policy thrust of Governor Abdullahi Sule’s administration, the ministry has established revenue courts in Karu as part of effort to generate revenue to the state.

Professor Kana explained that his ministries have been working in hand with some MDAs on how to remit government generated revenue and a circular has been issued to that effect in order not to shortchange the government in anyway.

He lamented how some MDAs are not adhering to the principles of rule of law and due processes, and assured that, his ministry would continue to do it best in terms of discharging its duties for the overall interest and development of the state.

The commissioner who faulted the manner at which the state government account was garnished at the instance of some aggrieved pensioners, said, being the Attorney General of the state, he was not aware of such development.

He said, with the increase crime rate in the state, efforts was been intensified to persuade criminals to voluntarily lay down their arms to the ministry.

Professor Kana called on MDAs to always contact the ministry on law specifications, especially on issues that has to do with issuing of certificate of contract agreement and guide lines.

He however enumerated some of the challenges confronting the ministry to include, large number of court cases, financial problems ranging from staff matters and accommodation and shortage of manpower.

The meeting which lasted for close to three hours featured question and answer, with all the management of the ministry of justice in attendance further afford the ministry opportunity to give insight on its functions, strength and strategic plan for the next four years.

The senior special assistant to the governor on human capital development, Habiba Balarebe Suleiman who drilled the ministry said Human capital development is the engine room of every government, and one of the most important aspect of growth and development.