The states of Kano and Lagos have asked the federal government for a special revenue allocation.
In a statement issued by spokesperson Abba Anwar on Tuesday, Kano Governor Abdullahi Ganduje made the demand, stating that both states had established a case for their proposal.
Mr Anwar claimed Ganduje revealed the knowledge to him when Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu paid him a condolence visit following the death of Sani Dangote, the brother of Dangote Group CEO Aliko Dangote.
“Given the population of Kano and Lagos, as well as other megacities’ commonalities, both states need 1% in the new revenue allocation system,” Mr Ganduje said.
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Quoting Mr Sanwo-Olu, Anwar said that Lagos is the most populous city in West Africa and Kano is the second.
Anwar said that the governors believed the states were very similar in which they shared problems, including managing population and providing social services.
“You cannot determine who will use your facilities and your services because people are coming into our cities,” said Mr Anwar, quoting Mr Sanwo-Olu.
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According to him, Mr Sanwo-Olu believes that the state governments would be able to “take care of the circumstances of megacities” with the special revenue allocation.