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Kano, Lagos lobby for 1% of national revenue

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has disclosed that the cosmopolitan states of Kano and Lagos are demanding for one percent in the new nation’s Revenue Allocation Formula.

This disclosure was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, Mr Abba Anwar, in Kano.

Anwar said that Ganduje made the case when his Lagos State counterpart, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, paid a condolence visit over the death of Aliko Dangote’s brother, Sani Dangote.

The statement noted the Kano Governor as saying, “looking at the population size of Kano and Lagos states and other similarities of megacities, both states demand 1 per cent in the new nation’s revenue allocation formula. We have already made our submissions.

“While Lagos is the most populous city in Nigeria and in West Africa, Kano is the second after Lagos.

“We have similarities and we also have same problems.

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“Problem of managing population, the problem of providing social services to people, and you cannot determine who will use your facilities, your services because people are coming into our cities for almost 24 hours.

“Every second, people are entering the two cities of Kano and Lagos, and you have no control over that. They also have to get security services.

“Since there is now an attempt to review the revenue formula in Nigeria, Lagos and Kano are demanding for 1 per cent.

“That will enable us to take care of the circumstances of megacities,” the governor said.

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