By Chioma Onuegbu
Uyo —THE Attorney- General and Commissioner for Justice, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Uwemedimo Nwoko, has described the Federal Government’s deductions from monthly allocations due to states as a violation of the constitution on procedure for sharing revenue from the Federation Account.
Nwoko, in an interview with Vanguard, yesterday in Uyo, said the South-South states were considering taking a legal action against the Federal Government, warning that the Federal Government should not play politics with allocations due to states.
He said, “There is no reason that can justify this action. So I see it from the perspective of authoritarianism which is a clear violation of section 1:16 of the constitution which states clearly the procedure for sharing revenue that accrues to the Federation Account at the end of each month.
“We the affected states, particularly from the South-South region, are seriously contemplating legal action against the Federal Government to ensure that what is due to us is legitimately given to us. They should not play politics with funds that are due to states.
“A situation where the Federal Government seeks to withhold funds that are due to states which ought to be shared at the Federation Allocation Committee meeting is a violation of the constitution and it is accumulating facts that could eventually justify impeachment proceedings against the President.”
Meanwhile, the issue of the Federal Government withholding derivation funds of the state is said to be negatively affecting the economy of the state and is generating anger among Akwa Ibom citizens in the last few weeks.