Federal allocations to states low since 2011 – Amosun

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has accused the Federal Government of denying the states their allocations, making it difficult for states to pay salaries conveniently.

Mr. Amosun made the allegation on Tuesday at a town hall meeting on the 2015 budget held at the June 12 Cultural Center Kuto, Abeokuta.

He revealed that funds from the federal account had been dwindling since 2011.

He said the situation had worsened to the extent that many states found it difficult to pay workers’ salary.

Mr. Amosun said the wage bill of the state including allowances had risen to about N8 billion monthly. He said only Ogun and Lagos states generate revenue exceeding the allocation from the federation account.

He said his administration would aim at increasing its monthly Internal Generated Revenue, IGR, from its current amount to about N10 billion every month, noting that IGR was the only way state governments could survive the dwindling allocation from the federation account.

The governor noted that the target, which will begin in 2015, will be done without unnecessarily inconveniencing the people.

Mr. Amosun said the administration wished to make Ogun State the economic capital of the nation ahead of Lagos State.

He said he was happy the state had begun to take “its pride position in the comity of nations” with its recent classification as the industrial capital of Nigeria.

“What we are doing today is to take stock and see how far we have gone and those things we need to do better by further listening to our people,” he said.

“Ogun will get to a time when it will be auto-driven, system driven so that governors will not have difficulty in making things happen. They will not have difficulty in paying salaries and doing all of those.

“The Finance Minister has confirmed that there are challenges in revenue accrued from oil revenue due to oil theft and as we are speaking, they are yet to pay us, the only way we can be able to pay salaries is to think outside the box and see how we can improve our IGR.”

Mr. Amosun said his administration had absorbed 450 federal teachers.

He also disclosed that all was set for about five auto assembly plants to be constructed in Kobape, Abeokuta.


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  • amazing2012

    Worst government ever ! Re-election never !!

  • UOU

    So, its now since 2011 and not just 2015 due to elections as insinuating by the oppositions, conflicting stories by the same oppositions, playing bad politics with everything but at the end of the day we shall know the truth.

    • Tonnero

      Rather than defend without data, I think you should do your own research and see whether the governors are crying for nothing. In your post above, you said 2015 but you probably mean 2014.

      We all know for a fact that this issue cropped up in June/July 2013 as well way before Sanusi Lamido blew the whistle on monies not being remitted to the Federation account by NNPC in December that year. I believe Adams Oshiomole said the same thing last year. That was when the director of the Debt Management Office said we were not broke but simply have Cashflow problems. NOI repeated the same line a few days ago. We can understand why the PDP Governors may not be inclined to say anything. Those of us in finance know that without Cashflow, you are unable to meet your obligations and, if you are a company, you would go into bankruptcy no matter what assets you think you have which will probably be auctioned of at fractions of its face value.

      If what the APC Governors are saying is true, this should be a source of concern to all of us. It means either that the economy is in trouble or the controls put in place for revenue allocation are failing. This is not about GEJ or PDP but about ensuring that the frameworks that we have as a country continue to function and are not hijacked either now or in future after all someone else, probably from another ethnic group or region, will be president either in 2015 or 2019. It is important that we all insist that controls work no matter who is in power. NOI can debunk this by simply publishing what has been paid to States since 2011.

      • UOU

        I don’t mean 2014, I mean 2015, my instrument erred in not accepting my typed “for”. This is dished out due to 2015, that’s what I mean. If something as huge as that “MONTHLY ALLOCATIONS LULL” has been happening since 2011, mind you one full year takes 12 months and this hand outs is monthly, why is now or even in 2013 that it must be drummed and horned about. If you want records, then let us check if what is coming to the states is the same now as what is coming to them since 1999? I am not even talking of say 1989 or 1979 or since 1960?My points is that, it cannot be the same all the time, all the FGN need to do is explain to the states, just as the salaries are not the same so as every other earnings are never same, it changes like change itself, nothing is permanent.There are a lot to this and we should not confused with this because the states are not accountable to no one themselves, they collect all the IGR, send the one to the centre and keep a huge chunk to themselves, nothing to the LGs yet they complain because they have political gains to make not because they desire that the ordinary people benefit.I will stop here lest we digress, all this cries is political and I will not hold brief for any of them, both the State Govt and FG, its all politics, when elections is over , you will hear nothing of such again, why?

  • Ayelala

    I don’t think nigerians are aware of the economic disaster that is about to hit them ,due to the mismanagement of the economy and the corruption in abuja by the jonathan led federal government.
    Do not be surprised if the exchange rate becomes $1 to N500.
    Right now, they are wasting what is remaining of Obasanjo’s foreign reserves and savings to defend the worthless naira

  • Mark

    Thanks for the article,the average drown in Nigeria do not like knowledge,pls keep up the good work and God will continue to bless u.

  • umar

    That’s the bitter truth! I have read this before. Thank you

  • Bejim

    If we did only those things that Jesus asked us to do, then I wonder whether we should not restrict feeding to bread, vine and olive oil instead of rice, palm-wine/beer and palm oil etc, whether whether we should not wear robes instead of suited trousers etc. It is more important rather to abstain from his prohibitions which are all, without exception, inspired by love, Love, therefore, is the only true and valid interpretative key of the will of God. Christmas, regardless of the circumstances of its origin or its timing, commemorates among other things, the historical fact of the INCARNATION. Jesus was BORN OF A WOMAN on a certain date and in a certain place. This fact has been heretically denied in the distant past by those who could not reconcile within themselves the illogicality of divine enfleshment. I believe that Jesus could have entered into the world through any other way (the Melchizedek way, for example). His choice to be born was not without reason. Many people agree that choice to be born of a woman (incarnation) is a deliberate endorsement of our humanity: we do not need to be divinized in order to be saved, we can be saved as we are – humans. Thus he was like us in all things except sin. In endorsing our humanity, Jesus also endorsed the essential validity of culture. Hence, religion (every religion) assumes the flesh of culture. Celebration of births is a cultural expression. Jesus does not forbid it. It does not offend LOVE. if it is not wrong for any human being, then it cannot be wrong for Jesus who freely chose to be human (while not losing his divinity) and upon whose birth the heavenly host rejoiced (celebrated). A denial of Jesus birth (even if it is only by incremental refusal to mark his birthday) ultimately leads to a denial of his humanity, a denial of his death and a transmogrification of Christianity. There are examples of this delusional course in history.

    • David

      I agreed with you completely. Did God ask David to build house for him?. 2 Samuel 7:2-17, king David said to Nathan the Prophet, here I am in the palace while the Ark of God is in the tent. Nathan replied whatever you have in mind, do it for the Lord is with you. That night the word of God came to Nathan the Prophet, go and tell David my servant, have I complained to his forefathers why have they not build me a house, have I dwell in the man made house of cedars? Please read the full text!!! My point is that God was moved by his heart desire, God said to him, I brought you out your father’s house, and made you leader over my people Isreal and I have always been with you wherever you go. God blessed David and his lineage and that he will establish his kingdom forever etc. Read the full verses please. After the death of King David, his son king Solomon built the house of God, the foundation of today’s church. Christ worshiped there. If Christmas will make it easier for the pagans to become Christians what is bad in that? Up here, white man don’t like giving out a penny to anybody except maybe family member, but during Christmas some will rent warehouse or homes to accomodate the less privileged,so they too can have hot food and sleep like a human being. Some will prepare hot food and hot tea, some will say Christmas is here Jesus loves you and distribute the food and drink to the less privileged. How many churches in Nigeria that put adequate plan in place where some of thier members can retrain or achieve a vocational trade?

      • Author O’jay Dimbuh

        This is not about pleasing God, this is about foolishly following a pagan tradition as the Israelites did to their detriment. If you have any sense, you’ll know that the mere fact that Satan and his demons have a connection to this celebration will make you stay away from it. No way God will be pleased with His servants being involved in a feast connected to the very ones who killed his son, Jesus Christ! Note: your father’s enemy is your enemy. Satan, who engineered Jesus’ painful death can’t be an instigator of a truly christian celebration! It’s a con to make you worship idols, using Jesus’ name as a front! Use your brain, a word is enough for the wise.

      • wode

        Just being curious…

        1 – “After the death of King David, his son king Solomon built the house of God, the foundation of today’s church. Christ worshiped there”

        Who came first, King David and then Solomon before Christ or Christ before the duo? If the two came before Christ, did Jesus worship in church?

        2 – ” If Christmas will make it easier for the pagans to become Christians what is bad in that?” Are you saying that if Christmas came from pagan origin, Christians can make compromise to accommodate it into Christianity as it is now? On whose footstep would that be, Christ’s?

  • Kessingtonoke@hotmail.com

    This guy is too full of letters. Jesus never went on vacation so we should not. This another Pharisee. The letter kills but the spirit gives life. All his articles are always negative. Just study how Jesus tackled the religious leaders of His days with their letters of the law and consider how Jesus would have tackle this author. Christianity is not a bondage but a life from the Spirit as such celebrating Xmas cannot defile your spirit

    • cnnife

      So you really think it is just a matter of “letters” when someone reveal the truth about a celebration that is rooted in paganism. God severely punished the Jews for mixing the religious activities of the Cananites with Judaism.

  • john etim

    This is how Noah preach repentance for God was going destroy unrepentant sinners with flood, and people at the time of also said that Noah was NEGATIVE and a minority voice but Mr Noah turn out positive. He became a majority voice because he said exactly what God said. The unbelievers of Noah’s sermon perish in Large Majority except Noah and his family. Those who look at the scripture with stained lenses will surely perish like the people in the time of Mr Noah except they repent from their sin of paganism and wild revelling liike the babylonians and ROMANS

  • Okwuegbuna

    I wish to express my utmost gratitude to Mr Aribisala. Knowledge is power, and it is a liberator to those who are in search of truth. Again, the truth one knows is that which will set him or her free. Yet again, truth is an integral part of the living knower.

    Mr. Aribisala is one of the few Nigerians whose writings are knowledge based and driven by thorough research. If not for the fact that Nigeria is a killer of everything good and endearing, Femi., would have been recognized and respected as a research fellow the government would use immensely to development the country. However, on self recognition and personal worth, he is a formidable force to reckon with.

    My sincere admiration.

  • Basketmouth

    There are some issues where I disagree with Femi but on this I agree completely. Because something does not hurt does not make it right. It is common knowledge for every Bible scholars that Christmas is nothing but the intermingling of gentile tradition with Christianity. We should read the word of God and liberate our mind. You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. Church doctrine and dogma does not make the Christian. We need constant examination of our faith to make sure that it is constantly in line and in tune with the word of God. I agree with you Femi on this. Thanks for putting the information out there for those that didn’t know it.

  • Kill Korruption

    I thoroughly disagree with Mr Aribisala on his secular viewpoints. But he impresses me with his biblical teachings.

    • cnnife

      So you disagree with facts.

  • sunday

    You are right Aribisala: From now on we shall be celebrating Jonathanmas and PDPmas because they are your gods

  • Babajide Michael Segun

    Pastor Femi, Jesus Christ was presented with gifts from some Magi from the East. I am sure you will want to know the pagan identity of this Magi and criticize Jesus, Mary and Jesus thereafter. Omo Eniyan sha….

    • cnnife

      This is not about criticism. Everything he wrote in this article are facts whether you agree with it or not. It is up to you if you feel comfortable with continuing with the observance of the tradition. The article will make honest people make informed decisions.

      • Babajide Michael Segun

        Then these facts are misleading and limited in Christian scope.

  • Jesupelumi Adetunji

    Colossians 2:16-23 So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality. Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud, and they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it. You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, “Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”? Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.