The 36 states Governors on Wednesday met to fine-tune strategies that would make possible the implementation of the proposed state policing in the country.
The governors made presentations on ways of improving the Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, of states and unanimously agree to adopt uniform standard in vehicle registration and traffic management.
Briefing the newsmen on the outcome the governors’ meeting in Abuja, the Chairman of the Forum, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, said such decision became necessary because the states were losing a lot of revenues in the past.
The governor stated that the meeting as usual was held to prepare for discussions that would take place at the National Economic Council, NEC, meeting.
Mr Yari said the discussion also focused on customs duty to enable the states to have a licensing embedded in only a card.
According to him, such card could be swiped on a device to reveal all vehicle details.
“Today, what we are experiencing is bunch of papers which you sometimes find packed somewhere,’’ he said.
The governor noted that the common practice all over the world and in some West African countries was the presentation of only a card to vehicle inspection officers upon demand.
“We are trying to key in and we put a committee in place under the chairmanship of the governor of Bauchi, Mohammed Abubakar, to also relate with other companies interested in Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT).
“I think from there we can think about producing about one trillion cards over 10 years which has not been seen in the past.’’
The governor said the governors discussed the outstanding issue of stamp duty owed states, adding that the states were supposed to be in charge of stamp duty which is not the practice at present.
He said another committee headed by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state would handle the stamp duty matter.
He said Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state also briefed the governors on the issue of forensic audit carried out on NNPC but which details would emerge at the next NEC meeting.