It’s Time to Carry Out Well-defined Restructuring – El-Rufai

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It’s Time to Carry Out Well-defined restructuring - El-Rufai
Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has said the time has come for Nigeria to be restructured I order to give more control to the state governments.

El-Rufai who spoke at public lecture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Arewa House on Saturday in Kaduna said the restructuring would be profitable to achieving sustaining development.

He said there was need to give states more control over certain resources.

The APC committee on restructuring which was setup to establish the party’s stance on restructuring in 2018 made recommendations for achieving true federalism in a restructured Nigeria.

The committee headed by governor el-Rufai recommended that states should have more control over the police, oil and gas resources, minerals, correctional facilities, stamp duties, registration of business names, among others.

El-Rufai said, “I am not aware of any significant constituency that is against the idea that states should exercise consequential powers, assume more responsibilities and control resources to enable them deliver better outcomes for those they govern. This will empower state governments to cease passing the buck to the president and the federal government when most of the problems our citizens face daily as a nation are, and can be solved by improved and focused governance at the states’ levels.

“It is time to make this sort of well-defined restructuring work, for the benefit of the peoples of this country.

“The report of our APC true federalism committee puts in one place the recommendations, and the legislative amendments to give life to a restructured polity.

“I therefore call on our federal legislators and the national assembly ad hoc committee on constitutional review to take advantage of our report and initiate the constitutional and legislative amendments in either a piece-meal or comprehensive manner without further delay.

He added, “We have no excuse not to seize this moment and do the heavy lifting for our country and our people. It is in our hands to make the structures, laws and constitutional arrangements in our country conducive to modern governance that will ensure our nation thrives in the 21st century.”

This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.

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