Kano has asked for a one-percentage-point special status in the federal revenue allocation mechanism.
Alhaji Usman Alhaji, Wazirin Gaya, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Head of Kano State delegation, made the demand in a memorandum presented at the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission’s North West Zonal public hearing on the review of the current vertical revenue allocation formula in Kaduna on Monday October 25.
The demand, according to Alhaji, is genuine and justified, given the massive duties the state is currently shouldering as a result of the large influx of people displaced by insecurity in surrounding states such as Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto, and others.
The SSG also stated that the state’s reputation as Nigeria’s most populous, cosmopolitan, and diversified state has attracted individuals from all over the country, in addition to being the North’s commercial centre.
If the state’s request is granted, Alhaji says it will benefit the North-West state in agriculture, trade, commerce, and industry, and “will translate into quick development for the country as a whole.”
He called the present revenue-sharing model “uneven, unfair, and unjust,” claiming that it favors the federal government over states and local governments.
Alhaji went on to suggest a new sharing mechanism in which the federal government gets 41%, states get 34%, and local governments get 24%. He believes that the 13% derivation should be preserved.