From Lawal Abubakar, Bauchi
Bauchi State Governor, Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, has pleaded with the officials of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to consider increasing allocation to Bauchi State due its current population increase and capacity. According to the statement singned by the Senior Special Assistasnt on Media, Muktar Godado, made avialble to Newsmen in Bauchi stated that the Governor made the request when the officials of the Commission paid him an advocacy visit at the Council Chamber, Government House , Bauchi.
Governor Bala Mohammed observed that, good data and statistics are key towards ensuring execution of meaningful development to the citizens.
He expressed confidence, that with their visit and having briefed on the current population capacity of the state, the commission will act promptly to ensure increment in the state’s revenue allocation.
“We are highly delighted to receive a high powered delegation from the Commission, I am happy that in my previous discussions with the commission, it has done so much in bringing equity and justice to all the federal entities including the FCT.””Our population has increased, but our allocation is yet to be increased for us to provide the required social amenities to the citizens of the state, we must request for constitutional amendment to ensure equity and justice in the revenue allocation.”He noted with satisfaction, the foresight of President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting the commission to embark on the initiative of collecting data that will assist various states to provide the required services to the citizenry.
Governor Mohammed,commended the commission for working towards enhancing the integrity of database which will be used for the allocation and disbursement of revenue.”Our problem in this country is lack of data, you cannot have any meaningful development without good data and statistics. I have seen this advocacy as a beginning of new Nigeria.
The Governor assured total commitment of the state government to work with the Commission to achieve the set objectives beneficial to both the state and the federal government.
Earlier, leader of the delegation Chairman, Indices and Disbursement Committee of the Committee, Dr Chris Akomas said officials of the commission.