Sanwo-Olu Makes Case For Just And Fair Sharing Of Revenue Formula

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has called for the creation and boosting of new sources of export in Nigeria’s bid to meet the yearning and aspiration of Nigerians just as he demanded a fair and just revenue sharing formula.

The Governor was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat at the opening ceremony of the Federations Accounts Allocation Committee’s Retreat being hosted by Lagos State.

He declared, “We must do everything within our power to create and boost new sources of export, especially along the lines of value-added agriculture and manufacturing”.

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He urged State Governments to explore ways of reducing dependency on what comes from the federation account on monthly basis by adopting creative and innovative strategies to boost IGR.

He added “there is actually a correlation between an appropriate revenue formula and the ability of federating units to achieve a meaningful diversification and sustainable growth in IGR”.

Declaring further that Lagos deserves a special status funding, Sanwo-Olu said ‘’Lagos shoulders a heavy burden, which if not properly discharged poses great danger to the attainment of our national economic growth aspirations”.

He stated that Lagos needs help if it is to be able to meet the challenges of half a million people migrating into Lagos daily.

According Sanwo-Olu, the new revenue formula should take cognisance of population density in addition to nominal population while also increasing Lagos’s Share of VAT. He decried Lagos getting 10% of VAT while contributing 55% as equitable.

The Minister of Finance, Budget & National Planning, Hajia Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed urged States to consider IGR as a critical instrument of funding by blocking leakages and ensure effective and efficient collection of revenue.

She further stated that the introduction of State’s Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability in partnership with World Bank was to strengthen fiscal discipline and financial stability. She added that a regime of peer learning will help States in revenue drive.

While acknowledging States’ interest and efforts to meet the eligibility criteria and conditions for Disbursement Linked Indicators, the Minister said States will soon benefit from the grants.

She further explained that the Federal Government is committed to achieving a revenue to GDP rate 15% in the medium term adding that there will be efforts to improve investment in agriculture and industry as well as curtail imports.

He noted that the retreats theme ‘’Efficient Federation Revenue Allocation as a Nexus for Economic Diversification’’ is a pointer to the need for a synchronised consistent and sustained effort at all levels to diversify the economy and provide opportunities for our people.

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