A new report has disclosed that the 36 states and the 774 local government councils in Nigeria shared N2.8 trillion from the Federation Account in the one year of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
An exclusive report by the Economic Confidential, an intelligence economic magazine, disclosed that the total figure was payment made to the two tiers of government between June 2015 and May 2016 at the monthly meeting of the Federation Account Allocation Committee, FAAC.
In the report, Lagos State is ranked first as the highest recipient of gross allocation with N178 billion in the twelve months. It is followed by Akwa Ibom State with N173 billion, Delta State N144 billion and Kano State N117 billion. The five states cornered 25 per cent of the total allocation for the States and local government councils in Nigeria within the period.
Among the 10 highest recipients from the Federation Account are Bayelsa State which got N95bn; followed by Katsina State N88 billion, Oyo State N84 bn, Kaduna State N83 billion and Borno State N78 billion. The lowest recipients are Gombe and Ebonyi states that got N49 billion each followed by Ekiti and Nasarawa states N50 billion each and Kwara N52 billion.
The report further disclosed that Edo and Ondo which are oil-producing states got N66 billion and N71 billion respectively while another state in the South-South, Cross River State merely received N59 billion.
The Economic Confidential gathered that factors that influence allocations to states and local government councils from the Federation Account include population, derivation, landmass, terrain, revenue effort, school enrolments, health facilities, water supply and Equality of the beneficiaries.