Economic and Financial Review


S.C. Rapu


Research Department, Central Bank of Nigeria


Federalism, Tax Assignments, Inter-Governmental Fiscal Relations, Constitution, Fiscal Imbalances, Revenue-Sharing


This paper build on the history as well as the current legal framework of tax assignment and revenue-sharing in Nigeria to identify the challenges while also drawing from the theoretical framework for policy options which will provide for a stable federal system in Nigeria. The paper recommended among others the strengthening of states internal revenue bases, adjustments on the vertical and horizontal revenue-sharing formula, effective compliance with the allocation of the mandatory 10% of states’ internally generated revenue. The paper concludes that changes to the existing tax assignment and revenue-sharing arrangements will go a long way in protecting our nascent democracy.

Author Bio

The author is a staff of the Central bank of Nigeria.





Recommended Citation

Rapu, S.C. (2006). Tax Assignment and Revenue Sharing in Nigeria: challenges and options. Economic and Financial Review, 44(1), 1-44.

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