Ayade visits RMAFC seeks increased revenue allocation to Cross River
Following poor revenue allocation accruing to the state from the federal government, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has visited the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation & Fiscal Commission, Abuja to make a case for better revenue allocation to the state from the federation account.
Ayade, who addressed the Commission’s Committee on Fiscal Efficiency & Budget, lamented Cross River’s poor financial status, which he blamed on the ceding of Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon and the consequent transfer of the state’s 96 oil wells to Akwa-Ibom state by the federal government.
According to the governor, the twin actions of the federal government plunged Cross River state into a severe financial crisis and untold hardship, leaving her helpless with the second smallest federal allocation in the country.
He maintained that the federal government was unfair to the Cross River despite being responsible for her plight and appealed to RMAFC to consider upscaling federal allocation to the state.
He used the occasion to highlight some projects embarked upon by his administration, including the ultra-modern rice seeds & seedlings multiplication complex, Cocoa processing factory, chicken processing factory, rice mill, and noodles factory among others.
Ayade solicited the intervention of the RMAFC through the commission’s special fund for the development of natural resources to enable the state to consolidate on the gains recorded, particularly in the area of agro-industrialization.
He said the numerous industries and critical infrastructure put in place by his administration were not only for the benefit of Cross River state but the entire nation.
Speaking, Adamu Shettima Yuguda, the chairman of RMAFC’s committee on Fiscal Efficiency & Budget, pledged to ensure fairness and equity in making sound recommendations to President Muhammadu Buhari.
He regretted the harsh predicament suffered by Cross River due to low federal allocation.
Yuguda also commended the governor for the achievements recorded in the state so far, saying: “Your projects are mind-boggling, particularly your heavy investments in Agriculture and its value-chain.”
“Cross River state lies in the south-south region of the country and one of the states in the Niger Delta, one begins to wonder how such investments outside oil and gas are tenable. For this singular foresight and achievements of your administration, the commission wishes to congratulate you,” he said.
The chairman disclosed that the special fund for the development of natural resources from where the state is seeking intervention to help achieve resource diversification and provide an alternative source of revenue to oil.
According to him, Cross River State has shown enormous commitment in seeking alternatives to oil by embracing the federal government resource diversification policy.