By Samson Zanunga.
Taraba state Governor Darius Ishaku has called on stakeholders and local government Chieftains to comply with the guidelines set aside for accurate data gathering in their respective councils for the review of revenue allocation formula.
According to the Governor, the data produced by the subnational will serve as a reference document for future review by the three tiers of government.
He urged the stakeholders to come up with what will be acceptable by the commission and called on them to comply appropriately.
He assured the commission of the state’s readiness to cooperate in all aspects with their demands.
Represented by the Head of Service, Taraba state, Ms. Suzy Nathan, the Governor reiterated the commitment of the commission to fulfill their mandate as empowered by paragraph 32(b)of part 1 to the Third Schedule of the 1999 constitution (as amended) to review from time to time the revenue allocation formula and principles in operation to ensure conformity with changing realities.
“I am aware that the commission conducted a nationwide data verification exercise of collecting, collating and analysis of the data from the subnationals came to inclusiveness and therefore could not be used for implementation.
“While maintaining that it was due but not limited to inadequate information provided by the subnationals”.
Governor Ishaku reminded the committee that the state is agrarian by nature and maybe rich in national and human resources, but this potential is being tapped and transformed into manifest wealth. He revealed that the potentials were a far cry from the yearnings of citizenry.
Leader of the committee and a former Deputy Governor of Abia state Chief Chris Akomas, stated that the major component of the committees mandate was to ensure that data submitted by the subnationals were in tandem with what is actually on ground.
He reminded the stakeholders that the commission will rely on the census data available at the state population commission to verify outrageous figures.
“As a commission we will do our best to provide a level playing field where justice and fairness is served. We will work with all the relevant stakeholders in ensuring the indices collated serve as a guide to the committee during public hearings on a future date”.
He expressed satisfaction with the cooperation the state government has exhibited during their tour in the state.
Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Hon. Solomon Elisha assured the committee that all the key actors in the subnationals work assiduously to present what is consistent with present realities.
He called on council Chieftains to comply as directed by Governor Ishaku in his speech.
He wished the committee a happy deliberation as they went into a technical session.
Taraba state ALGON chairman honourably called for true and fiscal federalism as this will give the local councils a larger percentage of revenue generated, moreso as the federal and state government were part of the subnationals.
He therefore called for a holistic review of the revenue allocation formula to be favorable to the local government as they are the ones generating the revenue and paying to center who in turn use the same resources to service the state’s and other sundry services which the local councils are a part.