The Governor of Nasarawa State, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has appealed to the federal government to provide more revenue to the state from the Ecological Fund towards addressing devastating impact of erosion in the state.
The governor who spoke during a visit to Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission added that Nasarawa state was vulnerable to erosion causing the state huge losses both in properties and lives and requested that the state be assisted with ecological funds.
The governor equally drew the attention of the Commission to the overstretching of its infrastructural facilities by the mass of workers in Abuja, the nation’s capital who, he said, reside in parts of Nasarawa state due to its proximity to the city centre. He requested for special consideration in the allocation of resources in this regard.
He said while FCT enjoys 1 per cent development funds from the Federation’s purse, Nasarawa state where he claimed over 50 per cent of FCT workers reside is neglected in terms of such special allocation.
He said the state was blessed with large deposits of solid minerals and solicited the support of the commission to help it in its revenue diversification quest.
The governor’s appeal came after a recent call by the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Niger state, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu for a review of the revenue sharing formula by kicking against uneven distribution of the nation’s wealth. At the inauguration of the Advisory Council of the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, Aliyu, on behalf of the 19 northern states, argued that this had made some states to do better than others. They, therefore, demanded a review of the formula “to reflect current realities”.