Lagos, Rivers, Delta lead others in internally generated revenue, IGR

Babatunde Raji Fashola, Governor of Lagos State

A large part of Lagos revenue is from workers tax.

The Lagos, Rivers, and Delta state governments led the remaining states in internally generated revenue, IGR, in the last four years.

Though the figures for the outgoing 2013 are yet to be released, available data obtained by PREMIUM TIMES from the Joint Tax Board, JTB, revealed that the Babatunde Fashola government in Lagos State raked in about N185.9 billion into its coffers in 2010; N202.76 billion in 2011, and N219.2 billion in 2012.

Rivers State, which trailed a distant second, realised about N49.59 billion in 2010; N57.19 billion in 2011 and N66.28 billion in 2012, while Delta State, which came third raised N26.09 billion, N34.75 billion and N45.57 billion during the corresponding years.

However, Yobe, Borno and Zamfara States were the worse off in their IGR efforts. Two of the states, Yobe and Borno, have suffered from insurgent attacks killing thousands of people, as the federal government in May declared a state of emergency in the two states.

Yobe recorded dwindling fortunes from N5.96 billion in 2010 to N2.39 billion in 2011, and only N1.79 billion in 2012.


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Similarly, Borno State, which realised only N2.109 billion in 2010, managed to record marginal improvement to N2.282 billion in 2011, and N2.45 billion in 2012.

Further details on the figures showed that Lagos State recorded the highest revenue haul of N172.44 billion in 2012 from workers through the Pay-As-You-Earn, PAYE, system, N4.36 billion came from road taxes; N1.89 billion from direct assessment of companies doing business in the state, while N40.513 billion was realised from other revenue sources.

In 2011, about N120.25 billion was realised from PAYE in Lagos; N7.97 billion from direct assessment, and N74.54 billion from other sources, while N104.681 billion came from PAYE in 2010; N7.51 billion from direct sources, and N73.704 billion from other sources.

Rivers State earned N55.1 billion through PAYE in 2012; N485.9 million through road taxes; N22.075 million through direct tax assessment and N10.668 million through other revenue sources during the year.

In 2011, Rivers State made N47.74 billion through PAYE; N5.201 billion in direct assessment, and N4.24 billion from other sources, N43.27 billion came from PAYE in 2010; N1.645 billion in direct assessment, and N4.673 billion from other revenue sources during the year.

For Delta State, PAYE accounted for over N42.565 billion in 2012; N244.195million from road taxes; N123.4million from direct assessment, while N2.635billion came from other sources during the year.

The revenue realised in 2011 in Delta State through PAYE was N33.193 billion, with N145.162 million coming road taxes; N102.54 million from direct assessment and N1.309 billion from other sources. No details were available about the performance of the state in 2010, though a total revenue of over N26.087 billion was recorded during the year.


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The summary of some of the other states’ performances showed that Edo State generated N10.652billion in 2010; N14.76billion in 2011 and N18.88billion in 2012, while Akwa Ibom generated N10.134billion in 2010; N11.679billion in 2011 and N13.517billion in 2012.

Download the full details of the internal revenue generation of each state here: state IGR Tables 2010_2012



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