True federalism, merging of states top El-Rufai's proposed committee report

True federalism, merging of states top El-Rufai's proposed committee report

- The committee on restructuring headed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai will submit its report in October, 2017

- El-Rufai revealed issues like true federalism and the need to merge some states as part of the committee's consideration

- The governor also said it would be great for states to devolve power to local governments

The Governor Nasir El-Rufai-chaired All Progressives Congress committee on true federalism is looking at 12 issues including merging of states, fiscal federalism and devolution of power as it submits its report to the party in October, 2017.

Mallam El-Rufai, who is the governor of Kaduna state, reportedly disclosed this on Thursday, September 21 in London as he delivered a lecture on restructuring at Chatham House.

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According to the governor, the APC set up the committee on true federalism to help give structure to the debate, remove the bile and bitterness colouring the matter and transform the discourse into a nation building opportunity.

He said the committee focused its research on four areas including devolution of powers, review of the revenue allocation formula, citizenship and a review of the recommendations of the 2005 and 2014 national conferences.

“Most Nigerians appreciate and cherish our unity in diversity, but seek the enthronement of a fairer, meritocratic system that puts social justice above everything else,” he said adding that the committee’s work could encourage consensus on reducing the Exclusive List, introducing state constitutions, state police, state appeal and supreme courts, reviewing tax powers and transfer of control of mineral rights to the states.

“As I have argued since 2012, there is no doubt that the Nigerian federation is unbalanced and in dire need of structural rebalancing,” he said.

He reportedly kicked against a centralized police force in the country, just as he lamented the federal government’s exclusive control of railways, trunk roads and prisons.

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He said just as he supports devolution of powers to the state governments, the former should also devolve to the local governments.

NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) recently weighed in again on the controversial issues of restructuring the country, and disclosed what it would not accept.

According to the group, while they acknowledge the persistent calls for Nigeria to be restructured, they would not be stampeded into adopting a grand design from other regions, which would not be in their best interest.

Watch this video as Nigerians speak about restructuring:

Source: Naij.com

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