From Francis Nansak, Lafia
Nasarawa State Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, has terminated the agreement between it and CASCADA, a revenue collection firm, the ministry contracted eight months ago to collect government revenue across the 13 LGAs of the state.
Upon the termination of the agreement, the ministry in a matching order, directed that the executive chairmen of the 13 councils immediately release their revenue officers for a training on how best to go about the issue of revenue collection, by the Nasarawa State internal revenue board.
The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon Iliyasu Haruna Osebga, gave the directive Thursday during the monthly Joined Account Committee meeting, which was also attended for the first time by most of the newly elected chairmen of the Local Governments.
Osebga explained to the new council chairmen that the consultant failed in meeting up with the requirements given them.
He said that since they were contracted for the job of collecting the revenue for the State, they have not shown up even upon invitation by the joined account committee to give reasons why they have not complied with the contractual agreements expected.
Samuel Akala, Chairman Karu Local Government who threw his weight behind the commissioner’s proposal to terminate the agreement, said apart from just terminating their contract, there is the need to bring the consultant to book, as according to him, “I cannot be convinced that the said CASCADA have not done anything, as I believe that they had collected revenue from some of our residents as such they must be invited for an explanation to where and what they have so far collected.
Given this position, the Commissioner directed that the joined account Secretariat to write to the consultant inviting them for an explanation to why they have not been committed to the agreement.
Meanwhile, the joined account committee said for the month of April, it will pay the local government workers in percentages of 70, 80 and 90 from a total sum of over N2 billion from the federation account.
Osebga explained that after deductions from the total sum, the ministry was left with only N1.5 billion.