BY EMMA UJAH, Abuja Bureau Chief
ABUJA—The proposed new revenue allocation formula in favour of states and local government councils would accelerate national development, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State said yesterday, in Abuja.
Malam Dankwambo, who met the Chairman of Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, Mr. Elias N. Mbam, and his commissioners said the states and local governments faced dire need for improved infrastructure and various other social services for the people.
Areas that required urgent increased funding, he said included schools, rural roads, primary healthcare services, potable water, boreholes.
Gombe State, he said, supported a transparent, fair and equitable revenue formula that would give to everyone what was appropriate, adding that the time had come for the Federal Government to relinquish certain responsibilities to enable it concentrate on the essentials of governance at the centre.
In his remarks, the Chairman of RMAFC, said his organization had scheduled workshops in the six geo-political zones meant to assist states and local governments overcome their apathy in looking for other sources of revenue generation.
Mbam said the issue of a new revenue formula was a very sensitive one but that commission would soon complete work on it
He challenged state governors to stop over-reliance on statutory monthly allocation from the Federation Account and device means of increasing their internally generated revenue, in order to make meaningful impact among their people.