My Views

Kaduna: IGR and Insecurity

Between the year 2015 and 2019, the El-Rufai administration has been able to increase Kaduna State’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) by a staggering 282% (its 2015 IGR was N11.53 billion, while 2019’s IGR was N45 billion). This has taken Kaduna from the state with the 13th highest IGR, to 6th position surpassing its neighbour Kano, even though Kano has 8 million people more than Kaduna (12 million people in Kaduna, while there are about 20 million in Kano). Last week, I was meant to publish a more detailed article on how Kaduna achieved this feat, as I’ve had a keen interest in IGR for some time now. God willing, helping states generate more IGR either as an entrepreneur or public servant is one area I would love to tackle much later in the future. But I digress.

My research was hampered by the news of killings in Southern Kaduna – Kajuru to be specific. So maybe the reports that the news trended 2 weeks after the killings is true, and maybe it was a communal clash as opposed to an attack. Unfortunately, those details are immaterial because they do not change the fact that human lives were lost regardless. I really admire and respect El-Rufai. He has done fantastic with respect to IGR – but his performance on security leaves much to be desired. My heart goes out to all those who lost loved ones due to the violence.
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Babatunde Akin-Moses

I am currently CEO and co-founder of Sycamore, a peer to peer lending platform that connects lenders to borrowers using technology. I love to write about business, economy, policy, startups, inspiration and entertainment. I am also deeply passionate about making Nigeria and Africa as a whole, a much better place to thrive and prosper for all.

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