Revenue Shortfall: Warri South blocks N 6 million leakages
By Our Correspondent
In line with the Federal Government’s policy direction of blocking leakages of revenue accruable to government, Chairman of Warri South Local Government Area, Hon. Matthew Mofe Edema has revealed that his administration has been able to save the Council six million naira (
N 6,000.000) from money deducted at source for the payment of Primary School teachers, promising that efforts are being stepped up to ensure that all revenues and allocations due to the Council are properly accounted for.
Hon. Edema, popularly called Man of God by his admirers made the disclosure today at the Warri South Council Main Secretariat during his monthly briefing of staff on the revenue profile of the Council.
According to the Council Boss, as part of efforts to block leakages in the Council revenue, a comprehensive staff audit of Primary School teachers working in Warri South Local Government would soon be carried out, while from July this year all casual workers and corps members serving in the Council will be paid their salaries through the bank.
While noting that his administration will soon commence quarterly briefing of staff on income accruable to the Council, Hon. Edema revealed plans by his administration to build a ward at the Warri Central Hospital through proceeds from tenement rate paid by multinational companies operating in the Local Government.
He explained that the ward when completed will become a source of revenue to the Council and boost the secondary healthcare sector of the State.
Meanwhile, Hon. Edema has noted that as part of strategy to sustain the on-going clean-up in Warri, all revenue leakages will be blocked and appealed to companies doing business in the Local Government to assist the Council in the provision of equipment needed for effective sanitation and beautification of Warri.
He directed the environment department of the Council to serve notice to residents of Warri on the need to clean up their surroundings, particularly those doing business along the road.
The second-time Chairman of Warri South called on people of Warri to assist the Council to apprehend those dumping refuse along the road at night and hand them over to security agents, insisting the law must take its course.
Flanked by the Council’s Supervisor for Environment, Mr. Kenneth George, head of Environment and Works Department, Hon. Edema inspect the evacuation of refuse and sand along Ogunu Road as well as the clearing of over-grown weeds at the Ugbuwangue stretch of NPA Expressway, Warri.