The 36 states and the 774 local government councils in Nigeria shared a total sum of N2.6 trillion from the Federation Account in 2016 despite the prevailing biting economic recession.
The total figure represents payment made to the two-tiers of government between January and December 2016 at the monthly meeting of the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) according to an investigation by the Economic Confidential.
Lagos State got the largest chunk of the gross allocation with a total sum of N178bn in the twelve months.
Akwa State received N150bn, Rivers N134bn, Delta State N126bn and Kano State N111bn. The amount collected by the five states represents 25 per cent of the total allocation for the states and local government councils in Nigeria.
Gombe and Ebonyi States got N46bn each followed by Ekiti and Nasarawa States N47bn each and Kwara N49bn, making them the lowest recipients of the allocation.
Other recipients from the Federation Account are Bayelsa State which got N99bn followed by Katsina State N83bn, Oyo State N80bn, Kaduna State N78bn and Borno State N73bn.
Edo and Ondo, both oil-producing states, got N59bn and N70bn respectively while another state in the South-South, Cross River State received N55bn.