Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, has called for a review of the existing revenue allocation formula in favour of states and local governments, in reflection of current socio-economic realities in the country.
Okowa made the call when he played host to the National Executive Council members of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) led by the National President, Mr Kolade Alabi, during a courtesy call in Asaba on Thursday.
He said a review of the revenue sharing formula had become expedient in view of the huge responsibilities facing states and local governments in the country, noting that the local government administration was growing and needed to be financially stabilized so that they could impact on the lives of our people.
Insisting of the restructuring of the sharing formula, he said that there were lots of things being done at the national level that ought not to be.
Earlier, ALGON President, Kolade Alabi, said the group was in Delta for its national executive council meeting and that the choice of the state was in recognition of the robust accomplishments of Governor Okowa in local government administration.
He said ALGON was not a pressure group or a contract-awarding group, but a partner in developmental governance.
On teachers’ salary increment announced by the Federal Government on Tuesday, Alabi said ALGON was not against it but pointed out that states and local governments should have been part of the decision.
According to him, teachers’ salaries are within the purview of the states and the local governments and we have it on good authority that the governors were not consulted.
“We therefore advocate a review of the revenue sharing formula because if there is a review to release more funds to states and local governments we can now handle our affairs as regards increment in teachers’ salaries and all other things begging for attention of local governments,” he stated.
For his part, Delta ALGON Chairman, Mr Itiako Ikpokpo, thanked the association for choosing Delta to host the NEC meeting.
He said that over the years there had been a strong consistency in efforts at ensuring that local government administration got better.
Ikpokpo, however, said the running of local government administration in Delta was a reference point for other states in the country.