The Commissioner for Information, Mr Chike Ogeah, made this known to newsmen on the outcome of the State Economic Advisory Committee meeting in Asaba on Friday.
Ogeah said the committee observed that the IGR of the state rose from N12.2 billion in 2007 to N37.4 billion in 2011, while in 2012 it increased to N45.5 billion.
He said the state was targeting N61 billion in 2013, adding that it had already realised N23 billion January and May.
The commissioner said the committee commended the state for improving on its IGR, and advised that more should be done to further soar it up.
He said it also advised the state to improve on its financial status through aggressive media and tax campaign, saying this would boost the financial base of the state.
Ogeah noted that the committee approved the appointment of a consultant to handle the Biometric Data Capturing of workers to reduce the N6.8 billion and N7.1 billion monthly wage bills.
The consultants is “Quanteq Technology Limited’’.
He said the committee was of the view that the wage bill of the state was “too high’’, and advised the state government to work toward reducing it.
The committee, he added, believed that the outcome of the exercise would help to reduce the wage bill of the state when the “ghost workers’’ in the state civil service were flushed out.
The commissioner noted that the committee was of the opinion that the IGR of the state should be able to take care of the wage bill of the state.