Onyoti tells off Lobong over quest for non-oil revenue share
The national Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Onyoti Adigo, differed with the governor of Eastern Equatoria State, Louis Lobong, over the latter’s proposal for a five percent allocation of non-revenue in his state.
During the 7th Governors Forum, Lobong proposed a five percent allocation of the non-revenue to the state government collected from its borders of Nimule and Nadapal.
Onyoti argued that Eastern Equatoria State is not the only state with entry border points.
“I saw in the recommendation that Eastern Equatoria State needs 5 percent from revenues collected in Nadapal as well as in Nimule. I think these are not only entry points to South Sudan,” Adigo said.
He added, “There are entry points in Renk, Northern Upper Nile and Western Bahr el Ghazal.”
“So, if you want to ask, is it that all the areas bordering South Sudan that got entry points to South Sudan where the customs applied will have to say we have to be given 5%? Not only Eastern Equatoria,” Adigo posed.
According to him, 5 percent of the oil share for producing states was enacted into law by the parliament.
“I like this point to be taken out until the law is fit and people agree with it to see what should be given, whether it is for the development of the state or the community,” Onyoti lamented.
Lobong has been vocal about his quest to have a percentage of the non-oil revenue share channelled to the state coffers.
In the Sixth Governors’ Forum, he made a similar proposal to the national government, arguing that this would enable the state governments to meet their financial obligations. If this request were to be granted, Eastern Equatoria State, which hosts the Nimule and Nadapal borders, would be entitled to a particular share of revenue from the country’s gateway.