Chairman of Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State, Hon Patrick Aguinede, has said that he hoped to raise the Internally Generated Revenue of the council to N20m monthly.
Hon Aguinede who was sworn-in as chairman in March 2018 said the council was only generating between N68, 000 and N108,000 daily.
Aguinede, who spoke to our reporter in Ekpoma, headquarters of the local government, said he has been able to raise the daily revenue to between N850,000 and N1m daily.
He said he had to spend two hours daily in the streets of Ekpoma and adjoining communities sensitizing the people on the need to pay their leveis and rates.
Aguinede stated that he inherited a council that was indebted to the tune of over N400m and eight months unpaid salaries.
The Esan West Council boss said his decision to embark on massive revenue drive was to fulfill his electioneering campaign promises.
His words, “I met a council that is without fund. I met a council that is indebted to the tune of over N400m. I met a council that is owing workers eight months salaries.
“We came on Board on March 5th. We are still trying to settle down but we have paid salaries for the month we came in. We have looked at the environment and convinced that the allocations including the Internally Generated Revene is well managed we will be able to come out of the financial mess we met.
“If I get N20m monthly, why will I not construct Road? Why will I not make health centers functional? Why will I not provide basic amenities and pay salaries? My desire is to raise money to satisfy the people.”