This paper examines displacement status and welfare of Bakassi settlers in Cross River State against the backdrop of the 1980 UN policy on resettlement programmes and its implications for resettlement planning as well as success of a resettlement scheme

D. E. Oriakhi


The capacity of any level of government within a federal structure to initiate and strengthen public service delivery in any given economy is often hinged on the generation of adequate revenue. The paper noted that international development institutions provide more facilities for Nigerians than their government. It was also observed that poor tax administration, poor legal basis, tax evasion and tax avoidance amongst others acted as constraints to revenue generation, and that these problems further foster other factors which hinder efficient service delivery. Factors identified as constraints to efficient service delivery include; mismatch of revenue generation sources and assigned expenditure at the sub-national levels of government, lopsided revenue allocation formula, defective institutional guidelines, corruption and political patronage and inadequate tracking of the process of public expenditure. In order to facilitate adequate revenue generation for efficient service delivery the paper called for a holistic budgeting and reforms of financial management, and in addition, relevant staff training and orientation towards best practices in revenue generation and expenditure processing should be engineered and adopted in the country.

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