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Gov Wike calls for increase in revenue allocation to states, LGAs

  The Rivers State government on Thursday called for an increase in revenue allocation accruals to states to encourage them to build their o...

 


The Rivers State government on Thursday called for an increase in revenue allocation accruals to states to encourage them to build their own potential.

 

Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike said this in his keynote address while declaring open the South-South Zonal Public Hearing on the review of the existing revenue allocation. NAN reports.

 

The event was organised by the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) in Port Harcourt while Wike was represented by the Deputy Governor, Mrs Ipalibo Banigo.

 

He said the “current revenue allocation formula, an outcome of the military fiat of 1992 has gone 22 years of democratic dispensation, obviously could not meet the present realities’’ in the nation.

 

He noted that the federal government was overburdened and overloaded and could not efficiently deliver a federal system as envisaged.

 

He said that the states were undertaking so much in security and logistics for security as well as mass infrastructure, adding that in Rivers, 10 overhead bridges were being built.

 

According to him, we envisage the future and we have a city that has so much traffic.

 

“Apart from that, we have other infrastructures going on in our communities, in all our 23 local government areas, bridges, jetties, tertiary institutions and all that.

 

“It is just only fair that the federal government should reduce its loads and the allocations to the federal government should be reduced,’’ he said.

 

Wike, who earlier received Chief Elias Mbam, the Chairman of the Commission, in his office during a courtesy call, urged the commission to reduce the federal government allocation to 40 per cent.

 

He also called for an increase to the states to 40 per cent as well as the local governments to 20 per cent.

 

“In that way, most of the responsibilities that belong to the federal government will now be taken away and given to the states,’’ he said.

 

Wike stated that the current revenue sharing formula of 52.68 per cent to federal government, 26.72 per cent to states and 20.60 per cent to states was not acceptable.

 

He noted that the 1992 population figure, public school enrolment, public hospital bed spaces, land mass were used as formulas for the revenue allocation.

 

The governor called for a more equitable formula that would take into consideration the current population figure, enrolment in private schools and the number of bed spaces in private hospitals.

 

According to him, using the same formula of 1992 as a basis for revenue allocation in this country is so unfortunate.

 

He, however, commended the commission for undertaking the revenue allocation review, saying it was well overdue.

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