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The politics of revenue allocation and resource control in Nigeria: implications for federal stability

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Ojo, Emmanuel O.

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Abstract No doubt, one of the perennial problems which has not only defied all past attempts at permanent solution, but has also evoked high emotions on the part of all concerned is the issue of equitable revenue allocation in Nigeria. Thus, the thrust of this paper is an in-depth analysis of the politics of revenue allocation cum resource control. The paper takes a cursory look at virtually all previous attempts at arriving at equitable formula. The paper however, infers that in a deeply plural and divided society like Nigeria a polity that ‘robs Peter to pay Paul’ may eventually be both counter-productive and dysfunctional. The clarion call however is a federal system with fiscal policy that can imbue in the citizenry sense of justice, equity and fairness visà-vis revenue allocation. To do otherwise according to the findings of this paper is to jeopardize all efforts at national cohesion and integration.
Keywords Nigeria; federalism; public budget; fiscal policy; revenue; public expenditures; fiscal equalization; taxes; corruption; economic development (on national level); crude oil; developing country; West Africa
Classification Public Finance; Political System, Constitution, Government
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 15-38
Journal Federal Governance, 7 (2010) 1
ISSN 1923-6158
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Basic Digital Peer Publishing Licence