Shehu Sani, a former senator, has said state governments that feel are well endowed and do not need the monthly allocation from the Federal Government should donate to other states who may be in dire need of it.
Sani, who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the eighth National Assembly, made the call in a post on Twitter on Friday.
States that think they are too rich and don’t need Federal Allocation should donate theirs to states that desperately needs it.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) April 16, 2021
Although the former senator did not state his reason for his tweet, his comment may not be unconnected with the claim by Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State, that the Federal Government printed N60 billion to support the states for the March allocation.
The tweet may also be related to a report released on Friday by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), which indicated that the Internally Generated Revenue of states fell by N20 billion to N1.31 trillion as of the end of 2020 from N1.33 trillion as of the end of 2019.
According to the report, the Q4, 2020 IGR for states and FCT also fell to N335.25bn from N338.57bn recorded in quarter three of 2020.
The report showed that Lagos State got the highest Internally Generated Revenue with N418.99 billion recorded, closely followed by Rivers with N117.19 billion.
Kaduna State was the only state from the northern region that made it to the top six states with the most IGR, with Yobe State recording the least Internally Generated Revenue.