Lagos - Stakeholders in the local government system on Saturday in Lagos
advocated 30 per cent revenue allocation for local governments by the
Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).
The stakeholders were reacting to a proposal by the RMAFC on the new
revenue-sharing formula for the country, with 20.6 per cent proposed for
the local governments.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), a good number of the
stakeholders said 20.6 per cent would further hinder the third tier of
government from performing its role.
Mr Rotimi Agunsoye, a former Lagos State Commissioner for Local
Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, advocated for 30 per cent for the
"I want to state categorically that the review of the revenue
allocation formula to 20.6 per cent is not acceptable at all. What can
20.6 per cent do?
"They should give 30 per cent of the revenue to local governments. I know what goes on at the grassroots.
"If the local governments are to perform to expectations, power and
funds should be given to them because they are supposed to bring the
dividends of democracy to the people," he said.
The former commissioner however decried the treatment being meted
out to the local governments, saying they were not being treated as the
third tier of government.
"Even with the little funds being allocated to the local governments, I will tell you that they are still doing their best.
"From my own perspective, they are not treated as the third tier, especially in the area of revenue allocation," he said.
Alhaja Nourat Babs-Olorunkemi, a former council chairman in the
Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area (LGA), disagreed with the 20.6 per
"Only an increase in revenue will make the grassroots government perform better.
"We all know that the local government is the closest to the people and they know where it hurts the people most.
"I will suggest that there should be an increase in their revenue.
They have a lot of projects to do, but lack of funds is hindering them,"
The former council chairman suggested that the bank accounts of the
local governments should be separated from those of the state
governments, saying they deserve an autonomy.
"The control by the state government is another issue hindering the
local governments. Any allocation given to the local government should
go straight into its account," she said.