The Niger State Government in North Central Nigeria, has appealed for the need to consider the state’s large land mass in the revenue sharing formula for the country.
Niger State has a total of 76,363 Km, 10% out of the 923,768 Km total land mass of the entire country.
The appeal if considered, according to the State Commissioner for finance, Alhaji Zakari Abubakar, will go a long way in assisting the state government to access and tackle the environmental challenges, as opposed to the revenue that accrued to it.
Zakari Abubakar mentioned this during a deliberation with officials of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission RMAFC led by Barrister Patrick Mgbebu Nworu, in Minna the state capital.
“The land mass of the state is the largest in the country with its topography, causing serious environmental challenges, such as annual flooding, which the ecological fund allocated to the State could not sufficiently cover”, Zakari said.
“In the consideration of the indices of revenue, the issue of land mass should be given a lot of weight”, he added.
The Commissioner also pointed out that the number of Federal Roads criss-crossing the state is another issue that should be considered in the revenue sharing formula by the Federal Government.
Transparent and verifiable revenue data
The RMAFC Federal Commissioner, Barrister Nworu, who said the commission members were in the state for advocacy and sensitisation on revenue data and its management, pointed out other aspect of their mission in the state which was to get the stakeholders to know the value and the need to submit transparent as well as verifiable revenue data.
“Part of the commission’s mandate is to formulate ways to allocate revenue from the federation account to the states and local governments”, he said.
Source: Voice of Nigeria