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|On Reducing FG Allocations In Favor Of States by PPAngel(f): 5:54am On Apr 15, 2015|
I've seen several comments here mainly by APC supporters who have called for an upward percentile review of state and LG allocations from the federation account on expense of that of the FG. These posters claim the FG does nothing with the current 52% as echoed by the likes of Fashola and Aregbesola who claim they need more money to perform.
The FG unlike the States carries out infrastructural projects accross the 36 states including the FCT unlike state's whose responsibilities end within their boundaries.
The FG maintains a retinue of federal workers across the federation which in turn provides employment and revenue through renumerations of monthly salaries in alll the states.
The FG maintains a global network of emmissaries and consular offices which the states do not.
The FG is in charge of all security networks plus a territorial army, air force and navy. Other paramilitary units such as immigration, customs are solely the responsibility of the FG. Other than LASTMA and KAI brigade, which other apparatus of security and law enforcement is the LASG responsible for?
States like Osun should not complain of the current situation because aggigatation for more revenue from the central purse is an indirect way for calling for fiscal responsibility.
The less money accrued to the FG at expense of state means more autonomy in revenue and resource control by the states.
Or is Lagos State to collect tax from Bayelsa oil reciepts and allocate to Osun?
Take for example the Aviation sector; FAAN maintains 26 airports accross the federation, other than the 4 int'l airports and some destination aerodromes in the SS and SE all other airports are moribound. Sokoto airport still has federal workers mainly from that region maintained by revenue from the viable airports. Normally, Sokoto or Ibadan airport are maintained at a loss and if the FG were to hand these airports to the respective states they will most likely be shutdown.
So in retrospect demanding for more from the centre will lead to fiscal responsibility and even see states like Akwa Ibom that Osun people are envious of get more richer!
So be careful of what you wish for.
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