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Kebbi Governor Calls for Review of Revenue Sharing Formula

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Governor Nasir Idris of Kebbi state has reignited the national conversation on Nigerian federalism, urging a review of the current revenue sharing formula and advocating for a data-driven approach to establishing state police.

Rethinking Revenue Allocation

Governor Idris argues that the current revenue allocation formula, which allocates over half of federal revenue to the federal government, disadvantages states and local governments that are closest to the people. He emphasizes the need for a formula that reflects the responsibilities borne by state and local authorities in addressing the daily needs of citizens.

“States and local governments are the ones on the ground, dealing with the poorest of the poor, the farmers, the artisans,” Governor Idris said. “We have a significant burden on us to deliver on campaign promises and improve the lives of our people.”

The governor proposes a revenue-sharing model that grants a higher percentage to states and local governments, allowing them to better address the specific needs and aspirations of their citizens. He argues that a fairer allocation would empower states to invest in critical areas like education, healthcare, and infrastructure development, ultimately leading to improved living standards for Nigerians.

State Police: A Data-Driven Approach Needed

While acknowledging the potential benefits of state police in tackling the nation’s security challenges, Governor Idris cautions against a hasty implementation. He emphasizes the need for a thorough analysis of the financial and logistical implications before widespread adoption.

“The idea of state police holds promise for improved local security,” Governor Idris said. “But we need to address the current inadequate number of security personnel across the country before considering state-level forces.”

The governor proposes a pilot program in states with the financial capacity to equip, train, and manage a police force effectively. He highlights concerns about long-term sustainability and personnel management within state-controlled police structures.

Governor Idris suggests that data on crime rates, population density, and existing security infrastructure should be used to determine which states would be best suited for a pilot program. This data-driven approach would allow for a more measured implementation and evaluation of the effectiveness of state police forces.

The Path Forward

Governor Idris’ call for a fairer revenue sharing formula and a cautious approach to state police reflects a broader national conversation on Nigerian federalism. Striking a balance between the needs of the federal government and the responsibilities of state and local authorities is crucial for effective governance and improved service delivery to Nigerian citizens.

A collaborative effort involving federal, state, and local governments, alongside security experts and civil society organizations, is needed to develop a sustainable and effective approach to both revenue allocation and security measures. By prioritizing data-driven solutions and fostering open dialogue, Nigeria can move forward in strengthening its federal structure and improving the lives of its citizens.

Source: Vanguard 

 

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