Kebbi State Governor Nasir Idris wants States, LG Revenue allocation to be greater than that of Federal Government


The Governor of Kebbi is calling for a change in how revenue is shared, believing that states should receive a greater share than the federal government.

Governor Nasir Idris of Kebbi is urging for a reassessment of the distribution formula of federal allocations in order to better address the democratic aspirations of the people.

Mr. Idris emphasized the importance of carefully examining the matter of having the Police force under the administration of state governments nationwide.

During an interview with journalists in Abuja on Friday, Idris expressed concern that the revenue sharing formula heavily favored the federal government at the expense of the states.

“A situation where the federal government takes 55 per cent of the total share of the revenue was to say the least unfair. We must look at the formula in order to meet our campaign promises to our citizens.

“When you look at it, the states and local governments are the closest to the people and most of challenges faced directly by citizens are handled by the states and local governments,”

“It is at the state that you find the farmers, the artisans, the poorest of the poor and it is our responsibility as governors to make life meaningful and worth living for them.

“So, I believe that the federal government has fewer responsibilities in terms of direct interaction with Nigerians. Governors and local government chairmen deal directly with the people and that is a huge burden on them.

“Our revenues should be shared in such a way that state and local governments that often have direct interactions with the Nigerian people should collect higher percentage to meet their yearnings and aspirations.” He said.