Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the November 16, governorship election in Anambra State, Senator Chris Ngige, and his All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, in the same election, Chief Willie Obiano, at the weekend sharply disagreed over the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) profile of the state.
While Ngige said that the state’s IGR has nose-dived from the about N400 billion annually during his 34 months stint as governor to between N 300 and N350 billion in the last seven years plus of the APGA administration in the state, Obiano said it has improved to about N 600 billion. The occasion was the Anambra 2013 governorship debate organised for candidates of political parties participating in the election by Silver Bird Television (STV) at Emmaus House Awka, the Anambra State capital at the weekend.
Besides, the two other candidates who participated in the debate included Prof. Ogochukwu Akanegbu of the United Progressive Party (UPP) and Barrister Godson Okoye of the United Democratic Party (UDP).
Ngige, who was answering a question on what will be his source of generating funds internally outside allocation from the Federation Accounts traced all the revenue windows open to the state through which he said he was able to raise the state’s IGR profile to over N 400 billion yearly and pledged to create more windows.
He said he only earned about N 100 billion from the federation account in all his budgets as Governor and was able to tar about 120 kilometres of durable roads in 34 months, up graded and equipped hospitals and got about 13 courses accredited at the state owned University by the National Universities Commission (NUC) as against the over N3 trillion he allegedly said was collected by the Peter Obi administration, yet was not able in the last two years to complete the tarring of Onitsha – Atani road that would have taken just six months to execute.