FG short-changing states, LGs in revenue sharing – Tambuwal

FG short-changing states, LGs in revenue sharing – Tambuwal
May 15 15:53 2017

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has blamed the current revenue sharing formula for the financial challenges states and local government councils are facing.

The governor therefore called for an urgent review of the revenue allocation in favour of the states and local councils.

Tambuwal spoke on Monday in Sokoto, when he opened the 2017 Law Week of the state branch of the Nigerian Bar Association.

“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 bedevilling them, as well as execute more people-oriented projects,” the governor said.

Tambuwal also frowned at 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, among others.

“Rather than the President nominating such representatives, the states should be allowed to do that, while the state assemblies should clear them,” he added.

The former Speaker of the House of Representatives further suggested that states should be allowed to generate, transmit and distribute power to their people, rather than evacuating it to the national grid.