The Politics of Revenue Allocation and Socio-economic Development of Emohua Local Government Area, Rivers State, Nigeria.

Solomon A. Ikunga, Goddey Wilson


The research is aimed at examining the political and historical antecedent of revenue allocation and its effects on socio-economic development of Emohua Local Government Area. The paper explores the issues of fiscal federalism and its challenges arising from lack of equity in the allocation of revenue from the federation account. This is because Nigeria as a nation has a problem of acceptable revenue sharing formula or principle. Between 1946 and 1991, different commissions were constituted to look into the issues of revenue sharing formula, yet none of their reports has been generally accepted. The oil boom of the early 1980’s made possible economic growth, which led to the expansion of government bureaucracy and influence. As a direct consequence of this, there was a shift in Nigeria’s federal system from a  federation of five units consisting of four regions and a centre in 1962 to a much more federation of thirty six states and the Federal Capital Territory, and seven hundred and seventy four local governments today. As a result, revenue allocation has become a crucial and controversial issue in Nigeria. The study proves that the inadequate revenue allocation hampers Emohua Local Government development activities. We therefore recommend that such local government like Emohua Local Government Area where the revenue is being generated should be allocated more revenue to enable her grapple with the desired development responsibilities and the challenges arising from the revenue generating process.

Key words: Derivation, Revenue Allocation, Revenue Allocation Commissions, Socio-economic Development, Federalism.

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