By Tunde Jakande
While a council like Ajeromi Ifelodun in Lagos may get about hundred and twenty million naira as allocation, Ikorodu council may get less than twenty million naira for the same month.Yet, both councils are expected to draw uniform salaries for political office holders and execute meaningful developmental projects that will impact the community.
The L G revenue system is heavily flawed and it is obvious. The gross inequalities in allocation is a liability to real development. The multiple deductions from source do not help matters. Many council chairmen and management are constantly struggling to get funds to execute even the very basics.
What meaningful developmental projects can be initiated and executed with twenty million naira that is, assuming the entire money was applied to projects. let us quit fooling ourselves.
The NFIU recently released allocation for the entire 774 councils in Nigeria from january to November 2019. Please take a look at the figures and march with developments in your neighbourhood. You may begin to realise this country may not be going anywhere fast even in a century.
All indices employed by international organisations like the UN in measuring real development and quality of life is community based.
Break down the amount of money a council EVENTUALLY gets after deductions and divide it by the population of people in that council area that needs primary education, health care and empowerment , then your insights will be enriched about how warped the system really is..