The governor chief Theodore Orji has stressed the need for proper data collection and digitalization in Abia state as a way of increasing the state’s internally generated revenue.
He stated this at the government house, Umuahia when he met with the executives of Wright and Hughes Inc.Dallas USA who called on him.
The governor said the state has inadequacies in that it could not readily ascertain the number of property(houses) that exist in the state maintaining that the basic data has to be on ground to be able to fully generate the necessary revenue in the state.
According to him, what the state is doing at the moment is trial and error as it concerns revenue collection in the state ,adding that nobody can say the number of shops in the various markets in the state and other property in order to project into the future.
He said that Abia state can produce up to N1 billion naira a month if the right capacity was put in place and said that Abia state government supports the idea of data collection and digitalization in revenue collection arrangement of the state.
Chief Orji promised to discuss with the group to see how to integrate them with the revenue consultants already in existence in the state with a view to shoring up the internally generated revenue profile of the state.
Earlier in his address, the vice president, International Marketing concerns of Wright and Hughes, prof Chukwuemeka Mpamugo explained that the firm is concerned with data collection, enumeration and digitalization.
Prof. Mpamugo said the use of consultants may not solve the problem of revenue leakages and stated that with digitalization of data, the state can ascertain the number of property that exist in the state and based on that make realistic projections for the state as well as help the state boost security.