FAAC Meeting Meets Deadlock Again
For the fifth time in seven months, the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) has again ended in deadlock as members who gathered at the main auditorium of the Federal Ministry dispersed in apparent anger and frustration.
The FAAC meeting was reconvened on Tuesday to approve revenue accrued to the federation in the month of May for sharing in June after the Committee failed to approve remittances to the federal treasury for the second time in about two weeks.
The reason, it was gathered, is directly connected with the alleged under remittance of revenue by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). State commissioners, representatives of government agencies were seen fuming and dropping their accreditation tags.
They however declined speaking with journalists on the outcome of the meeting. When asked what was responsible for the stalemate for the second time, chairman of the Commissioners Forum, Mahmood Yunusa, declined to comment on the development.
Many state governments are yet to pay June salaries to their civil servants and meet other obligations because the FAAC has not been able to meet and successfully agree on the figures with NNPC.
If the FAAC is not held again this week, the implication is that most states will not be able to meet to financial obligations as most of them depend on federal allocation for revenue to run their respective states.
The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, who was supposed to chair the Committee meeting, failed to join the members despite the fact that she was inside her office.
Accountant General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris, who was also seen in the Ministry, also left before the Commissioners and other representatives began to leave one after the other.
Journalists were simply told to come back again on Thursday when the meeting is expected to be reconvened.
Despite recommendations by public commentators for devolution of powers and resource control to entrench true federalism, the Nigerian government has failed to do what many believe will be an end to all the states depending on the central government for survival.
It is worth of note that in spite of the stalmate that characterised the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting in Abuja, Akwa Ibom State Government had made prompt payment of June 2018 salary to workers in the State.
The FAAC meeting which was inconclusive arose over alleged discrepancies in revenue remittances on the part of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Prompt payment of salaries have been one of the cardinal principles of the Udom Emmanuel-led administration since its inception even at the time the allocation of the State was on a decline following the crash in oil price.
This is because Governor Udom Emmanuel understands that civil servants play strategic roles in the development of the state as drivers of government’s policies and programs and as such government places high premium on their welfare, hence the mobilization of funds for this very important obligation to enable workers meet their individual competing needs.