Okerafor Athanatius, Jalingo
Taraba State House of Assembly Committee on Transport, Disaster Management, Land and Survey has commended the State Bureau for Land and Survey for performing creditably in its 2015 revenue generation.
The Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Abubakar Gambo Mubarak, who made the commendation during the 2016 Budget Defence of the Bureau, held at the hallow Chambers of the House of Assembly Complex, Jalingo attributed its performance to the Bureau’s keen adherence to the advice of the lawmakers’ ad-hoc Committee on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) which has driven the gross in the revenue recorded by the Bureau from its 2015 Budget.
While calling on the Bureau to remain steadfast in its quest to improving the revenue base of the state, the lawmaker added that the Committee’s doors are always open to welcome suggestions aimed at enhancing the 2016 Budget of the Bureau.
Earlier, in his presentation and defence of the Budget, the Permanent Secretary, State Bureau for Land and Survey, Mr. Augustine Shonlanko said, despite challenges such as inadequate funding, lack of modern equipment, inadequate staff for both field and office work, lack of incentives to motivate staff to work harder to generate more revenue, non release of funds for capital projects, non release of running costs (overhead costs), inadequate office accommodation, cadastral mapping for at least the urban areas of the State, the Bureau in 2015 generated over N77m exceeding the projected target of N10m, stressing that the Bureau’s performance in revenue generation for 2015 was over 700%.
“The total revenue generated for the year stood at N77,192,905.74 far exceeding the projected target of N10 million. This was so because, bulk of the money was generated from Deeds registration, in the months of February and November”, he said.
Mr. Shonlanko further told the lawmakers that the Bureau in 2015 proposed over N135m to cover Capital and Personnel Costs.
Other activities carried out by the Land and Survey Bureau in the 2015 fiscal year, the Permanent Secretary disclosed, “Bureau for Land and Survey within the period under review received 736 land applications, out of which 327 were processed and letters of Grants issued to the applicants, the remaining applications are being processed
“245 Certificate of Occupancy were signed by the Governor during the year under review, and greater number has been collected by their owners”.
Notwithstanding the challenges mentioned by the Bureau as its major obstacles, it has hoped to generate about N50m and proposed over N135m for the 2016 fiscal year.
The Permanent Secretary opined that the 2016 budget exceeded that of 2015 because provision is made for employment of 56 new middle level officers to replace staff that have retired from the Bureau.
Our Correspondent reports that defence of the 2016 Appropriation Bill by various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Taraba State are on-going before various Committees of the State Assembly at the House of Assembly Complex, Jalingo
TRHA Commends Land Bureau For Revenue Generation
Okerafor Athanatius, Jalingo