The former Chief of Staff to former Governor Yari of Zamfara Engr. Abdullahi Abdulkarim Tsafe has advocated for the review of national revenue sharing formula to reconsider allocating special funds for solid mineral producing states.
Tsafe who was speaking during a special interview session with the Managing Editor of Thunder Blowers Multimedia Services in Kaduna insisted that, with the current economic reality, states who have potential of solid minerals need to be given special consideration so that they can take advantage of the special fund to be allocated to them to provide the needed development.
He stated that with the way things are going in Nigeria, many states may suffer in the incoming months if certain consideration are not accorded to states that are contributing to resource generation.
“With the reforms in the NNPC which is partly commercialized couple with the dwindling revenue accrued and the persistent insecurity ravaging the country, things may not be well if statutory reforms in terms of resource sharing formula has not been made to assist states that are contributing to revenue generation”.
“It is time for states that have solid mineral potentials to teem up together and confront the government at the center so that, certain percentage of the revenue accruals from the sales of solid minerals can be added noting that if not, the condition of states like Zamfara in the incoming months would be hard to contain”.
Tsafe raised concern that considering the level of insecurity ravaging the country, the future of many states are threatened by the possibility of economic crises which will surely be consequential to the blinking future of the state.
He stressed that with the current reconciliation effort being made within the Zamfara APC, active hands are on the ground for the Governor to make use of them to initiate ideas that will help revive the economy of Zamfara and help the state come up with alternative ways of boosting the state IGR”