The Commissioner for Water Resources, Hon. Usman Yunusa Lade, has pledged the Ministry’s resolve to give the needed support and cooperation to the Kwara State Internal Revenue Services (KWIRS) in a bid to improve and increase the revenue drive of the state.
The Commissioner dropped the hint today in a meeting at the conference room of the Ministry with the state revenue agency Executive Chairman, Mrs. Shade Omoniyi, and her team.
Lade opined that revenue generation is crucial for the state to be able to carry out its enormous responsibilities to meet the earnings and aspirations of the people in the state, stressing that the federal allocation is not enough.
He stated that the state government is also looking into possible ways to design a template to regulate the drilling of too many boreholes across the state which will pose a danger to the environment, emphasizing that with regular drinkable water supply people will be willing to pay for the service.
In her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Asonibare Omolola Christiana, expressed delight for the maiden meeting which she said will help to improve the revenue generation for the state.
Earlier, the Executive Chairman of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Services, Mrs. Shade Omoniyi, described the appointment of Commissioner as a round peg in a round hole viewing his track records, especially during the state assembly interaction as Commissioner nominee.
Mrs. Omoniyi reiterated that her agency has done a lot in the area of revenue generation but many things still need to be done to receive the huge amount of money the state is being owed in supplying water to the public.
She acknowledged that the state government under the leadership of Mallam AbdulRahman Abdulrazaq has invested millions of naira into the water sector since he came on board while revenue generation from the sector does not commensurate with the quantum of water supply.
She therefore appealed to the Ministry to synergise with the state revenue agency to achieve the set objective of the revenue target for the state.