Some Ministers More Powerful Than FG – Lamido
Jigawa State governor Sule Lamido yesterday expressed concern over how some ministers in Nigeria appeared to be more powerful than the federal government that appointed them, describing the development as very alarming to the country’s economy and polity.
The governor was indirectly referring to the way the petroleum minister Diezani Allison Madueke and her likes are managing their ministries to the extent the federal government is afraid to call them to order on critical issues. Governor Lamido stated this yesterday while receiving the commissioner representing Jigawa State at the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Alhaji Adamu Muhammad Wazirin Gumel, who paid him a courtesy call at Government House, Dutse.
“We have been hearing frightening stories of unbelievable figures of monies being declared missing or un-remitted in a sector that constitute our economic mainstay, yet we are in a country were even the citizens cannot speak the truth and if you dare speak they would call you a trouble maker.
“Nigerians have a right to know how much is being realised from the sales of crude oil, how much is being remitted to the federation account by NNPC and other revenue generation agencies.
“It seems to me that there are ministers who are more powerful than the government that appointed them. How can an agency like NNPC deduct monies before remitting into the federation account? It is just like your salesman deducting his salary from the actual sale before giving you the money. According to the constitution no one has the right to spend money that is not appropriated. It is clear that all monies generated belongs to the federation account.”
He remarked that the federal government, apart from having the largest share of the federal allocation, also keeps the excess crude account outside the federation account, an action he faulted, insisting that all revenue, whether excess or not, belonged to the three tiers of government.
“The federal government has no right to keep the money and be making state government to come cap in hand begging before it could release to them. I insist that excess money should also be shared according to the definition of the constitution and not according to the understanding of the operator of the constitution,” he argued.
Governor Lamido also faulted the creation of some outfits such as the Sure-P which, he said, seem to be a duplication of other federal agencies.
Earlier, the commissioner, RMAFC, Alhaji Adamu Wazirin Gumel said they were at Government House to introduce the new team posted to Jigawa State and also solicit the cooperation of the state government in the discharge of their duties.