Sokoto State governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has said that calls for restructuring by some Nigerians are unnecessary, even as he advocated for more allocations to states and local governments.
Tambuwal who insisted that with good governance in place, all Nigerians will feel the impact of being members of one great nation, added that, equity and genuine sense of belonging is what matters most.
“There are really challenges in Nigeria, and it is not peculiar to the nation, and these challenges are surmountable. We believe in the unity of the country and the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable. Dialogue is also the most potent tool to resolve all problems, anywhere and at any time,” he stated.
The governor, who made the assertion when he addressed several groups including representatives of the Association of Resident Communities, Sokoto Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, Sokoto Women Association, and Coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations among others, in Sokoto, advocated for upward review of the nation’s revenue sharing formula in favour of states and local governments.
According to Tambuwal, the call for a review in the revenue sharing formula became very necessary in view of the fact that both states and local governments shoulder more responsibility than the federal government.
“The revenue allocation formula should be restructured to ensure federating units get more allocation than the centre.
“There’s urgent need to review the allocation formula in the country because doing so will strengthen the Nigerian federation and help to shed off some of the excess powers the federal government currently has.
“States and local government areas deserve more allocation because they shoulder overwhelming responsibilities of the citizens of the country.
“The states and the local governments are the closest tiers of government to the people, but they are getting less than the federal government’s allocation from the federation account.
“The ugly trend should be reversed in favour of the federating units, to enable them meet the overwhelming demands of the people at grassroots level,’’ Tambuwal noted.
He assured members of the resident communities that his administration will not discriminate against anybody irrespective of religion, ethnicity, region or whatever differences, adding that they are equal partners in running the affairs of the state.
The governor further admonished the people of the state to offer constructive criticism, saying those who criticise government also help in ensuring that things are done right.