- Governor Tambuwal urged the federal governments to allow the states more allocation
- He argued that states would be able to carry out more people-oriented projects
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has called on the federal government to review the revenue allocation so that states and local governments can get more allocation than the federal government.
The Punch reports that the governor of Sokoto made this comment when he opened the 2017 Law Week of the state branch of the Nigerian Bar Association on Monday, May 15.
He said: “A situation where the Federal Government is now getting more money than the states and local governments should change.
“The formula should therefore be urgently reviewed, so that the states and local governments will get more than what they are getting now.
“This will definitely help them to solve the current economic challenges bedeviling them, as well as execute more people-oriented projects.”
The governor criticised the nomination of representatives of the states into federal commissions like the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Federal Character Commission and the National Population Commission.
He suggested that states should be allowed to do that.
“Rather than the President nominating such representatives, the states should be allowed to do that, while the state assemblies should clear them.
“This will allow for better representation, as well as ensure equity and equality among the states.”
Tambuwal said the power to generate, transmit and distribute power to their people should be in the hand of the states rather than evacuating it to the national grid.
“The state government will continue to accord priority to the welfare and independence of the judiciary in the state.”
Meanwhile, Governor Tambuwal revealed that the state government recovered more than N278 million paid to ghost workers on the payrolls of local governments in the past four months.
Tambuwal made the disclosure on Sunday, May 14, during a stakeholders meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor said the money was paid into ghost workers’ bank accounts but was not claimed from the various financial institution.
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