The Kwara State Government has expressed concern over the persistent sliding of the state on fiscal federal ranking.
The Commissioner for Finance, Ademola Banu, told journalists in Ilorin on Tuesday that it was surprising that the state, which ranked 33 for many years, had suddenly fallen to the bottom of the table.
The All Progressive congress, APC, Governors’ Forum, which met in the state last week, had raised the alarm over the irregular allocation of funds to state.
The governors, who accused their Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, counterpart for not showing concern over the issue, demanded a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan.
Mr. Banu said before the meeting of the Federation Account and Allocation Committee, FAAC, this month, the state government had complained in writing to the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, demanding full explanation on the matter.
He, however, assured that the government would explore all legitimate avenues to meet all its statutory obligations to the people of the state.
“We appeal to peace loving people of our dear state for more understanding and patriotism at this usual political persecution of our state”, the commissioner said.
Mr. Banu reiterated that the state government empathized with the workers over the delay in the payment of their salaries caused by the FAAC debacle and promised that payment of salaries would commence in earnest.