Nigeria’s federal structure was meant to proffer solutions to the diversity and economic fever of the geographical expression called NIGERIA.
The sharing of its resources since its independence to sustain its three tiered structure has remained an irregular and unsure exercise.
Monthly, States and LGAS go cap in hand to Abuja for their own share of allocation.
Despite well knitted policies weaved to bring the states out of the woods of their regrettable dependence they unconsciously see themselves in it more regular than they plan to evade it. Salaries and pensions are totally hinged on federal allocation; a situation which has permanently kept the hope of workers and pensioners in the balance.
When allocation falls, pressures heightens.
The need for a reliable alternative arose beyond question.Salaries and Pensions are no longer paid as and at when due. The workers and Pensioners became the greatest victims of the erratic federal allocation and its dwindling fortune.
LEADERSHIP Report of 9th march, 2017 titled; ‘Kwara Govt Explains Delay Of February Pension’ captures the Dilemma of States especially as it regards the total dependence on federal allocation in footing the salary and pension bills in the face of no alternative routes.
The reports says;
The Kwara Government on Thursday said late receipt of elements of federal allocation was responsible for the delay in payment of pension in February.
The state Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Ademola Banu, gave the reason in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin.
He explained that FAAC elements such as statutory allocation, Value Added Tax (VAT) and exchange gain difference had, however, been received.
Banu said the state government still awaited the receipt of excess Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT), which stood at N332.05 million.
He, however, disclosed that the pensioners and staff of ministries, departments and agencies had started receiving their payment on Wednesday.
The commissioner further noted that due to the financial arrangements of the Federal Government, elements of monthly allocations were received at separate intervals.
According to him, the installment receipt is sometimes responsible for the delay in payment of salaries, pensions, overhead and subventions to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the state.
He commended the retirees and affected workers for their patience and assured that the government would always strive to ensure prompt payment of monthly entitlements.