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Adamawa approaches Supreme Court to challenge FG over revenue distribution

By Billy Graham Abel, Yola

The Adamawa State government has approached the Supreme Court to challenge the distribution of revenue from the federation account contesting that there was a constitutional breach in how the revenue is allocated and that the Federal Government must be stopped from making unconstitutional deductions in revenue distribution.

The state government is seeking the apex court’s interpretation of Section 162 of the Constitution.

The statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the state Governor, Humwashi Wonosikou, read: “The Adamawa State Government is seeking the Supreme Court’s interpretation of Section 162 (1), (2) and (3) of the Constitution regarding the distribution of revenue from the Federation Account.

“The entire sum in the Federation Account must be distributed among all levels of government without deductions, except as permitted by law.

“The President must comply strictly with the Constitution in managing and distributing revenue.

“All revenue collected, except those exempted by the Constitution, must be paid into the Federation Account for distribution to all tiers of government.

“The Federal Government has no discretion to withhold or deduct revenue for any purpose not expressly permitted by the Constitution.

“That any deductions or withholdings made without constitutional backing are unconstitutional.

“That the Federal Government’s discretion to manage revenue is limited to only what is expressly permitted by the Constitution.

“And that the State government is seeking a strict interpretation of the Constitution to ensure that revenue distribution is done in a transparent and constitutional manner, without arbitrary deductions or withholdings by the Federal Government.”

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