The Adamawa State government has again re- introduced payment of cattle-tax across the state to meet its pegged N12. 1 billion internally renue profile in 2021, the state commissioner ministry of Finance and budget Dr Ishaya John Dabari has said.
The state has earlier budgeted over N140 billion to finance its recurrent and capital development programmes within the 2021 fiscal year.
Dabari who was speaking at a Press briefing on the state budget breakdown, Thursday said that beside cattle-tax, ‘’ the government will continue to ensure that some of the state’s untapped sources of Internally Generated Revenue are harnessed and adequately tapped towards the improvement of revenue generation in the state within the 2021 fiscal year.
When asked whether other livestock are included, Dabari stated that ‘’ Not all livestock are included, for now only cattle are affected.
‘’ The government intends to improve service delivery at cattle markets.
‘’ Beside the cattle tax, other sources include Commercial motorcycle levy,’’ he said.
He further said that the 2021 Adamawa state approved budget tagged ‘’Budget of Stabilization’’ was articulated on the ‘’ laudable economic policy objective of Fintiri administration towards the transformation of the state within the fiscal year.
‘’ In continuation of budget discipline policy, this administration has directed all MDAs to quote the classification code and the balance of vote of charge in their memos when requesting for release of funds, so as to enable our financial experts to properly classify and tract releases appropriately, ‘’ said he.
Reviewing the performances of the 2020 budget, the commissioner said the budget has been revised from N180bn to N140bn as a result of the incursion of the COVID-19 pandemic into the state.
He said that 52 per cent of the budget was for capital expenditure, while 48 per cent was for recurrent expenditure.
According to him, the budget is the first of its kind in the history of the state. “This is the cristal budget of stabilisation which will see to more value addition, more infrastructure development to our people and human capital development for the sustenance of our democracy.