According to Professor Chukwuma Soludo, the governor of Anambra State, 99.8% of the estimated N5.5 trillion in annual revenue for the state is in private hands.
At a gathering in Awka, Soludo stated that his administration will make an effort to get Anambra residents to contribute at least 5% of their income to create what he referred to as the Public Community Private Partnership (PCPP).
He asserts that nations that are fast developing provide the government 22% of their total income.
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He said: “When the oil money arrived, we abandoned the taxes that had been in place since the first and second republics. There is no society in the world that has developed without the use of taxes.
“We are currently at 0.2%, but 22% income or higher is required for any economy to develop rapidly.
“People have forgotten that they must contribute a portion of their income to the government in order for it to provide public services. This has been the practice for decades.
“We have limited resources, but we are maximizing, squeezing costs, and reducing waste while determined to add value to whatever services we provide.
“There is a new revolution on the horizon, and trust ndi Anambra, they are on the right track.
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“I am urging local governments to work with the state government. We should pay for services as a people.”
According to Soludo, his administration will work with localities that have functional centers for skill acquisition and accredit them for greater usage.
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