The Katsina State Government has set up a committee, under the Deputy Governor QS Mannir Yakubu, to work and bring out the State’s disposition as it affects a new revenue allocation formula for the country.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari announced this when he received, on a sensitization visit, a delegation from the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) led by Alhaji Muhammad Kabir Mashi, the Commissioner representing Katsina State at the commission.
Governor Masari asserted that the current formula which allows the Federal Government to pocket over fifty percent of the Nation’s revenue leaving the states and local governments to share the rest should be revisited with the view to give it a more balanced and acceptable face. Adding that this will allow the states and local governments to function more effectively coupled with the fact that quite a number of the responsibilities and functions of the federal government under the constitution are left with the states to manage and shoulder, despite the lean resources available to them.
According to him, the Constitution should be reviewed to rightly devolve powers and responsibilities between the three tiers of government so that resources will be effectively shared and utilised.
Earlier in his address, the leader of the delegation, Alhaji Muhammad Kabir Mashi, said the sensitization exercise was designed to capture the interests of all stakeholders through interactions at various levels so as to get inputs that can provide a template that will guide the Commission in designing a fair and acceptable new revenue sharing formula. He therefore sought for written memoranda containing suggestions and positions in this respect.
Alhaji Kabir added that the power to review, intermittently, the revenue allocation formula is vested on the Commission as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution. Adding that this was done to effectively capture and reflect changes in the variables.