Posted by News Express | 16 February 2018 | 1,734 times
The South-South Zone of the Ohanaeze Youth wing has thrown its weight behind the call for total restructuring of the Nigerian federation, saying that it would benefit all zones.
The zonal chairman Arthur-Ugwa spoke made this clear on Thursday while speaking at the sidelines of activities lined up to commemorate the 6th anniversary of Governor Seriake Dickson’s administration in Bayelsa State.
He said that recent comments by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the desirability of State Police and the All Progressives Congress Committee report on restructuring were indications that it has gained wide acceptability.
Arthur-Ugwa noted that restructuring essentially entailed devolution of powers to the regions to ensure greater control of resources from where they were derived.
According to him, the various regions of the country would be better off in terms of development as the regions each have comparative advantage in certain sectors they could leverage on to fast track economic progress.
The youth leader noted that rather than depend on the federal government for sustenance, the regions in a restricted federation would engage in healthy competition in the exploitation and development of its resources.
He said that a situation where the federal government had bailed out the states in excess of One Trillion naira in the past two years to stimulate the economy indicated that most states were not economically viable.
He said that the youth body was concerned about misconceptions amidst the clamour for restructuring adding that there was need for clarity and public mobilisation.
He expressed that a restructured Nigeria would give all parts of the country a sense of belonging that would foster harmony and unity.
“Restructuring is a panacea for peace amongst the federating units and could resolve the various agitations if implemented properly, we however want total restructuring and say no to taking an aspect of it and leaving other components behind,” Arthur-Ugwa said.
Continuing, he said: “There is consensus amongst all stakeholders on restructuring and the federal government and the ruling party, as well as the opposition party have all endorsed it, that tells you that it is the way to go.
“It is either you restructure or you allow those agitating for self determination to go, it is either restructuring or no Nigeria.
“However it must be done in a holistic manner with all aspects of it taken along, it should not be an issue of political and campaign gimmick for political parties to win votes.
“I am urging the federal government to convene a multi-stakeholder forum for Nigerians to be on the same page and have a clear and unambiguous position on restructuring,”
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