19 Northern govs demand allocation formula review!!!!

Northern govs demand allocation formula review!!!! Governors from the 19 northern states on Thursday called for a review of the revenue allocation formula “to reflect current realities.”

Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, and Governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, said this in Abuja while inaugurating the Advisory Council of Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation.

Aliyu described as unfair, a situation where a state like Niger got between N4.2bn and N4.5bn as monthly allocation while some other states received 20 times the amount.

The governor said Niger State spend half of its monthly allocation on payment of salaries and other overheads. This, according to him, leaves the state with barely enough to provide infrastructure and other needs of the people.

The governor said he and other governors of the region hoped that the revenue allocation would be reviewed before the end of the year.

He said, “The revenue allocation formula should be looked at. We are hoping that within 2012, there would be discussions and review of the allocation formula.

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