From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
In the face of dwindling revenue, the Kogi Local Government Service Commission has trained 63 staff drawn from the Department of Culture and Tourism in the 21 council areas of the state on revenue generation strategies.
The Workshop for the Cultural Officers is aimed at harnessing the Cultural and Tourism potentials in the state to generate revenue for the development of rural communities across the state.
The programme, which was in collaboration with Egbigo PAN African Consult was organized to train the officers on some Veritable Source of Revenue for the Local Government Areas.
Declaring the workshop open, the Chairman of the Kogi State Local Government Service Commission, Prof. Shuaibu Ahmed Ibrahim who was represented by Mr Akubo John, Director of Administration and Finance said the workshop is timely as it will go a long way in boosting the revenue capacity of both the state and local governments.
According to him, the training at this period is highly commendable now that both state and local governments are in need of money to deliver on democracy dividends to the people, noting that the revenue accruing from the Federation Account can no longer sustain the financial needs of the Governments.
He urged the participants to avail themselves of the advantage provided by the training to broaden their knowledge and train others in order to increase the revenue base of their respective Local Government Areaas and the State.
In his paper presentation tagged; “Culture and Tourism Potentials: A Veritable Source of Revenue for the Local Government Area” the CEO of Ebigbo PAN African Consult, Pharm, Alexander Onoja said that if the revenue potentials at the Local Government Areas are tapped, the continue dependence on revenue from the Federation Account would be a thing of the past.
Culture and Tourism he said are the fast growing industries in the world that generate revenue more than the Crude oil which has been the main stay of the economy.
In his welcome address, the Director of Training, Kogi State Local Government Service Commission, Mr. Ayeitan Sunday enjoined the participants to open up their minds to broaden their knowledge on how to generate revenue from Tourism and cultural potentials in the state.
He congratulated the participants for being privileged to acquire the knowledge and urged them to endeavor to train other staff in their offices who have not benefited.