Worried by the dwindling income in the state, the Cross River State Government has vowed to stop salaries of revenue generating Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for failing to meet their targets.
The government decried the situation, saying it took the decision because of the lackadaisical attitude of some MDAs to revenue generation, insisting that henceforth their salaries will be affected.
Auditor-General and Acting Chairman of the state Internal Revenue Service (IRS), John Odey, disclosed this in a meeting with representatives of the MDAs in Calabar, the state capital.
Odey stated that the dwindling revenue was unacceptable, as the state government relied on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to meet its financial obligations, especially payment of salaries.
He explained that the essence of the meeting was to identify reasons for the revenue shortfall and brainstorm on possible solution to shore up the state’s income, going forward.
He, however, assured that the decision to stop salaries of defaulting MDAs was not meant to make people suffer but put people on their toes so they could do the needful.
Some of the officials of the MDAs at the meeting pledged to redouble their efforts in revenue generation, but however, urged the state government to review some of the challenges affecting their capacity to generate higher revenues.
They listed some of the challenges to include non-payment of impress, activities of illegal revenue collectors, illegal ceding of some government owned cocoa plantations and absence of functional e-ray machines in some government hospitals, among others.