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The states of Kano and Lagos have demanded a special revenue allocation from the Federal Government.

Kano Governor Abdullahi Ganduje voiced the demand through a statement read by spokesman Abba Anwar on Tuesday, saying that both states have made a case for their proposal.

Mr Anwar said Ganduje disclosed the information when Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu paid him a condolence visit over the death of Dangote Group CEO Aliko Dangote’s brother, Sani Dangote.

“Looking at the population of Kano, Lagos and other similarities of megacities, both states demand one per cent in the new revenue allocation formula,” Mr Ganduje announced.

He underlined the fact that the states are homes to the highest number of House of Representatives members at 24 each.

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.

“Every second, people are entering the two cities of Kano and Lagos, and you have no control over that. They also have to get the security services.”

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.

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