Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello
Niger state Government has urged the Federal Government to give consideration to land mass in the revenue sharing formula for the country.
A statement signed by Mrs. Mary Noel-Berje, Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Niger state Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, said the state Commissioner for Finance, Zakari Abubakar, disclosed this while speaking with journalists
shortly after officials of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) led by its Federal Commissioner Barrister Patrick Mgbebu Nworu, held a closed-door meeting with the governor, at Government House, Minna, the state capital,
According to the statement, the commissioner noted that the landmass of the state is the largest in the country, adding that its topography has environmental challenges such as annual flooding.
He noted that the ecological fund for Niger state is insufficient, and appealed that a certain percentage should be added to states that are challenged by environmental hazards.
The commissioner further said the state is challenged by its size as opposed to the revenue that accrues to it, adding that if the land mass is considered, it will assist the state government to access and tackle the environmental challenges.
“In the consideration of the indices of revenue, the issue of landmass should be given a lot of weight”, he said.
The Commissioner also pointed out that the number of Federal Roads criss-crossing the state is another issue that should be factored in the revenue sharing formula by the Federal Government.
The RMAFC Federal Commissioner, Barrister Nworu, said the commission members were in the state for advocacy and sensitization on revenue data and its management.
He added that they were in the state to get the stakeholders to know the value and the need to submit transparent as well as verifiable revenue data.
According to him, it is the commission’s mandate to formulate ways to allocate revenue from the federation account to the states and local governments.