By Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
Speaking during a hand-over ceremony at the board’s headquarters in Owerri, Onwunali said that the days when revenue was collected and diverted into private purses were over.
He vowed to criminalise revenue touting in the state, saying, any activity that would deprive the government of the state of its due revenue would be vigorously fought.
He stressed that his administration would ensure transparency and accountability in revenue collection, adding that he would vigorously pursue implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) whereby all ministries, departments and agencies (MDA’s) will be made to implement the Treasury Single Account.
The TSA has been defined as a process and tool that unifies all government accounts in a single unit for the effective management of its finances, bank and cash position.
While commending the outgone chairman of the board, Pastor Henrietta Jacobs for the maximum cooperation she gave him, he also lauded her for achieving and implementing revenue autonomy in the state. He however assured that a lot of things would be done differently under his watch.
Earlier, Jacobs said that her administration, among many things, was able to raise the revenue status of the state from mere N500 million monthly to as much as N1.1 billion.
While thanking Governor Emeka Ihedioha for allowing her stay in office for more than one month extra after the immediate past administration wound up in the state, she said she had set a target of N1.5 billion to N2 billion monthly revenue inflow in the next six months.
Jacobs advised the new chairman of the board to up the game as, according to her, the state was capable of raising between N2 billion to N4 billion monthly revenue.