In this news report, Enugu state chapter of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) was reported to have organized a symposium to assess the performance of Enugu State Governor Ugwuanyi’s administration over the past two years.
One of the speakers at the event, the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, was reported to have said that “in spite of the fact that ‘Enugu State is third from the bottom in the federal allocation list’, the governor has been able to execute numerous road projects mostly in the rural areas and installed street lights to the excitement of dwellers, among others”. This claim is also referenced on the Enugu State Government’s official website.
We will therefore factcheck the claim that “Enugu State is third from the bottom in the federal allocation list”
Using official FAAC information available on the National Bureau of Statistics website, we analyzed Enugu state allocations for Jan to May 2017.
The ranking of Enugu State in FAAC allocation among the 36 states of the federation for April revenues shared in May 2017 is shown below:
Enugu state ranked between the 19th and the 13th state “from the bottom” using different allocation components. Our analysis and ranking of FAAC allocation to states for the prior months in 2017 also showed similar results. So far in 2017, Enugu state’s worst position in a bottom-up ranking of FAAC allocations to the 36 states is 13th.
Using Total Gross Amount, 12 states that received less than Enugu in May 2017 (from the smallest allocation to the largest) are: Ebonyi, Ekiti, Kwara, Nassarawa, Gombe, Osun, Taraba, Yobe, Ogun, Cross River, Zamfara, Adamawa. A detailed list is shown below:
Therefore, Enugu State’s Allocation is not “third from the bottom”, and the claim by the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, that ‘Enugu State is third from the bottom in the federal allocation list’ is false.