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…Anambra bans MDAs from collecting revenue
… Set to modernise igba boi start-up model

HENCEFORTH, only Anambra State Internal Revenue Service (AIRS) has power to collect revenues on behalf of the state government.

  Governor of Anambra State, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, gave the indication during a one-day interactive meeting with transport and market union executives in Prof. Dora Akunyili Woman Development Centre, Awka, yesterday.

  Describing the policy as part of government’s commitment to digitised central revenue collection and administration, the governor expressed confidence that the strategy will help to boost the state’s IGR base necessary for execution of his administration’s transformative agenda.

  Gov. Soludo also said the initiative is in line with the government’s policy of using technology to transform transport system in order to eliminate touting in the state.

  The governor’s meeting with transport and market union executives was held after Commissioner for Information, Sir Paul Nwosu, announced a ban on Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Anambra from collecting revenues on behalf of the state government.

  Sir Paul announced the ban in a release issued after the weekly Anambra State Executive Council (EXCO) meeting, yesterday.

  Explaining that government has placed revenue collection as a sole responsibility of Anambra State Internal Revenue Service (AIRS), under the new digitisation policy, Sir Paul also stated that the ban is aimed at reducing leakages and promoting transparency in revenue collection and administration process.

  According to the commissioner, plans are also underway to centralise the data of all MDAs with Anambra State Information Communication Technology Agency(ASICTA).

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  This, Nwosu further explains, is to avoid a situation where ICT vendors who worked for different MDAs in the past would hold government to ransom at the expiration of their contract by holding on to valuable data, adding that ASICTA is now charged with the responsibility of consolidating and managing data of all MDAs approved for a baseline data pool.

  In a related development, Anambra State Government is mulling on modalities of revolutionising ‘igba boi’ apprenticeship to meet global modern business start-up models.

  Commissioner for Information, Sir Paul Nwosu, said the proposal was deliberated in EXCO meeting following an elaborate presentation by Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Dr. Obinna Ngonadi.

  According to him, with ‘igba boi’ which evolved out of Igbo apprenticeship scheme presenting unique venture capital raising model being studied in business schools around the world, Anambra State cannot afford to let it got corroded or go extinct despite new challenges.

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