All Progressives Congress (APC) has challenged the Federal Government to account for the "huge" budgetary allocation it receives monthly from the Federation Account, in view of its poor record of development.
In a statement issued in Lagos by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the opposition party said while the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was right in asking Nigerians to challenge their state governors to account for their monthly allocations, such a challenge should not be limited to the state governments alone.
"Yes, Nigerians should seek accountability from their state governments, but it is important to note that the biggest challenge should be directed at the Federal Government, because it takes the biggest chunk of the monthly budgetary allocations," APC stated.
"While all the 36 states together collect only 26.72 percent and all the 74 local governments collect a total 20.6 percent,the Federal Government alone takes 52.68 percent, hence it bears the greatest responsibility to Nigerians in terms of the provision of social amenities, creation of jobs and infrastructural development.
Since education, agriculture and health, for example, fall under the concurrent list, Nigerians must – in addition to challenging their state governments – ask the Federal Government what it has done with its huge chunk of federal allocations, against the background of massive unemployment, dilapidated infrastructure and the poor health facilities that have seen public officials, including the President, scurrying to foreign hospitals for medical treatment."
The party said the Federal Government must lead the way in ensuring accountability for the funds from the Federation Account just as local and state governments had a responsibility for accountability.