Cross River to Review Performances of 50 MDAs

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Cross River State Government has begun the review of the performance of the state’s top 50 revenue generating ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs).

The activity will be carried out by the state’s ministry of finance and its internal revenue services and will be combined with a strategy session to appraise the performance of the revenue generation capacity of the MDAs in the state and offer propositions at raising the revenue profile.

The revenue-generating review was ordered by Governor Ben Ayade, with a view to strategize on improving stakeholder engagements towards increasing revenue for Cross River State.

The MDAs engagements are scheduled to hold over a two week period starting this October in Calabar with the state ministry of education cluster led by the commissioner, Mr Godwin Amanke, with the provosts and bursars of colleges and schools in the state, as well as directors and deputy directors from the Secondary Education Management Board (SEMB) and the Technical Education Board (TEB) in the state.

According to a government statement, the MDAs agreed on synergies required to improve the revenue profile of the sectors. Revenue targets were mutually agreed upon and the resources required achieving the same.

Other sectors key to the revenue profile of the state includes the ministries of health cluster, transport, agriculture, lands, among others.

According to the data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in the first half of 2020, the state was able to generate N8.05 billion, sitting 17th out of all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory between January and June compared to H1 2019, the state generated N16.7 billion and was among the top ten states with high IGR generation.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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