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The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) has urged state governments to develop their human and natural resources for the economic viability and prosperity of their states.  
 
President and Chairman of Council, ICSAN, Taiwo Owokalade, said this at a media briefing, recently. Owokalade said the move should engender self-reliance and a positive impact on the lives of citizens.
 
He said this in respect of the recently signed Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) by President Muhammadu Buhari and Value Added Tax (VAT) controversy, stressing that there is no need to heat the polity over VAT, rather, states should adopt new models that will address their current realities to create economic prosperity.

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According to him, states must look inwards and generate economically viable activities with their human and natural resources that would make the lives of residents more meaningful.
 
He noted that emotions should be taken away by the Federal Government for states to face their current realities, while saying that and that states should be allowed to govern themselves without depending on other states for survival.
 
He said states should devise other means of increasing their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) by leveraging on what Lagos and Rivers States are doing to grow their resources.
 
“Nigeria should downplay VAT based on north and south autonomy. That is not right, as it is a lazy way of thinking. States should face their current realities to grow their capacities. Lagos grows its capacity and population, which leads to an increased consumption rate. Other states should also emulate the state to grow their revenue. ICSAN’s position as an institute saddled with corporate governance will deploy all our resources to support stakeholders, private and public sectors that are willing to look at the challenges of their time,” Owokalade said.
 
While commending Buhari on the signed PIA, which he said would open up the oil and gas sector, allow transparency and world global best practices, the ICSAN boss, charged the host communities to create a structure that allows transparency of both collection and usage of funds to improve the outlook and lives of the citizens.
 
He said the Act, which factored in rewards of host communities, was a supportive step and showed the willpower and consideration of the government.
 
“The PIA is topical and supportive to recognise that where a resource is found, the community is factored into the sharing of the proceeds and this would become a normal stand, not just for oil but for other natural resources.
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“It, however, calls for proper governance structure, transparency and proper assessment to calculate and ensure that the funds are used to impact the communities,” he said.
 
Meanwhile, the institute has announced plans to host its 45th yearly conference, dinner and awards ceremony. Vice President, ICSAN and Chairman, Conference, Funmi Ekundayo, said the conference with the theme, ‘African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and National Development: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities’ and dinner is slated to hold September 16th and 17th in Lagos, respectively.
 
She explained that the theme for the conference, which is a very topical national issue, critical to the economic success of the nation and continent in general, needed to be consistently discussed for better understanding.
 
The conference, which has other sub-themes, has the main keynote address to be delivered by Prof. Akin Oyebode of International Law and Jurisprudence while Adeniyi Adebayo, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment is the conference chairman.

According to Ekundayo, “It purposes to address Nigeria’s ongoing infrastructural development, emerging roles and opportunities for our members and better intra-African collaboration on infrastructural development.” 

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