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NIGERIA: Obiano’s Running Mate Admits Graft in Obi’s Govt

The deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr. Nkem Okeke, Tuesday admitted a degree of corruption in Mr. Peter Obi’s administration when he said the reason the state had not exceeded its current level in the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) was because people were printing receipts and sabotaging the revenue generation.
 
 
Okeke however spoke at a forum where his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart promised to take the revenue base of the state to a minimum of N1bn per month working with his principal when elected into office. 
The two were responding to a question on how each of the candidates would raise the revenue base of the state for development purposes outside the funds allocated from the federation account.
 
 
Okeke, on his part, said “In a situation where people are printing receipts and  and there are leakages at the expense of the state, such funds are bound to deplete, but the government of Willie Obiano will improve upon what is on ground."
Okeke  who claimed that more money could be made by automating the market system however stopped short of answering the question from the panelists which specifically requested him to state the current revenue profile of the state from IGR and went ahead to state where his government would take the revenue base.
 
 
But Ralph Okeke of the APC recalled that when his principal came into office in 2003, he raised the profile from N50million to N400m and that in the next coming administration, “we shall drive the revenue up by covering more markets in Onitsha and elsewhere in the state by blocking all leakages,” adding: “Nothing short of N1billion will be acceptable as a revenue profile.”
 
 
On infrastructure and road profile, APGA's Okeke’s claim to good network of 800km in roads was debunked by one of the panelists who asked him to explain if the bad roads encountered by herself and her colleagues since arriving Anambra State  form part of the good roads.  On Job creation, APC’s Okeke promised that their government would alter the curriculum of schools to bend towards technical education so that many young school leavers could employ themselves in craft and technical work rather than queue up for white collar jobs.
 

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