Revenue Formula: Uduaghan Gives Condition For Review

Tasks New Corps Members On Rural Development
BY AUSTINE ETAGHENE /FIDELIS EGUGBO/SUSSAN EDOKWE
THE Nigeria Governors’ Forum is seeking for a review of the revenue allocation formula, Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan disclosed in Lagos.
Fielding questions from journalists ssoon after delivering the maiden lecture of the distinguished lecture series of the Pan African University, Governor Uduaghan said such review should also entail a review of responsibilities.
In his words, “We (governors) think that more funds should be given to the states and local governments. For instance, the Federal Government should have no business in building primary schools or embarking on water projects. It should be more concerned with bigger issues like national security.”

Reacting to a recent call by a Northern governor that revenue to Northern states be increased, Governor Uduaghan said “every governor has the right to ask for more funds, but added that such demand should be within constitutional provision. Also, he said it was unacceptable for anyone to allude that revenue from an area does not belong to a state.”
The governor continued: “All the water, rivers and even deserts belong to particular states. If gold is found in Lake Chad today, would we say the area it is found does not belong to a state?
Answering a question, Governor Uduaghan pointed out that there is no constitutional provision for the convening of a Sovereign National Conference before the constitution can be amended. He posited that demands for the convening of the conferences are ethnic rooted and has the potency of creating problems.
Meanwhile, Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has challenged members of the youth service corps to deploy their skills and learning towards the development and transformation of rural communities.
Declaring open the 2012 Batch ‘A’ Orientation Course, at Issele-Uku, noted that corps members as future leaders of the country owe it a duty to contribute their quota towards transforming the local areas.
The governor who was represented by his deputy, Prof Amos Utuama (SAN) told the corps members, “you are seen as the leaders of tomorrow. This perception confers on you, the mandate to articulate ideas, policies and programmes in actualising set goals in the Nigerian socio-economic milieu.
“As you are aware, our society is bedevilled with several challenges, prominent among which are the need to arrest the increasing rate of insecurity, youth unemployment, growing crime rate and general societal decay.
“These challenges, he said, are so diverse, complex and tasking that our country needs a high sense of discipline, dedication and sacrifice from all its citizens to be able to confront them adequately.
“As future leaders of this great nation and members of the enlightened strata of our society, you are morally bound to contribute to the development and transformation of our rural areas and the general effort to accelerate the pace of sustainable development in the country.”
According to him, it was a unique opportunity for them to be called upon to serve their fatherland and “leave indelible contributions by embarking on those projects that are of immediate use and benefit to the needs of your host community.”
Uduaghan reminded them that the call to service that they have responded to was that of sacrifice, selflessness and dedication to their fatherland and therefore urged them to apply themselves to the physical and physiological training that they would be exposed to during the course of the orientation programme.
Earlier, the state coordinator of NYSC, Mr Mgbemena Chris said, at the close of registration exercise at the camp, a total of 2, 606 corps members consisting of 1,388 male and 1,218 females were registered, stating that orientation course is the gateway to a successful service year because, “it inculcates in the youths, the ideals of national service and prepares them for the three other stages of service to their fatherland.”