By G9ija

Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule, has called for a review of the revenue sharing formula between the Federal Governments and states, stressing that there is absolutely no way the FG alone, will be taking far more than all the states in the federation.

He made the call while hosting a delegation from the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Allocation Commission (RMFAC), yesterday at the government house, Lafia.

The governor described the current sharing formula between the three tiers of government in the country as obsolete, pointing out that both the states and local governments are not getting appropriate share of the revenue mostly because the data used in allocating revenue are also obsolete.

The governor pointed out that no local government area in Nasarawa State would be able to pay salaries of workers without support from the state government mostly because the data used in allocating revenue to the councils are not correct.

Citing Karu Local Government Area as an example, the governor said a transparent and fair exercise for data generation will most likely show that Karu LGA alone has one million people.

“We can’t plan properly without having proper data, and we believe that we should have proper data.

“By the time you carry out this exercise and I mean it with all sincerity, you will discover that the population of Nasarawa State is almost twice what the records are showing today.

“We keep planning to build roads, water scheme, institutions of learning, medical facilities in Karu LGA alone, for instance, for the number of people that the data is showing us but in reality, each time they are overstretched.

“And the only reason they will continue to be overstretched is because the data that we are given are purely false data, they are obsolete,” the governor said.

He explained further that his administration is putting appropriate measures in place towards making Nasarawa State less dependent on federal allocation, adding that the data to be generated will also be utilized for the purpose of internal revenue generation.

“Nasarawa State should be able to generate enough revenue on our own, to sustain herself and then what will come from the federal will be to supplement the effort of what the state is doing.”