- Four northern states have thrown their weight behind restructuring of Nigeria
- There have been calls from notable Nigerians that the country should be restructured
- The Bauchi state Governor Mohammed Abubakar said that the youths should also be given priority in a restructured Nigeria with true federalism
Four northeastern states of Bauchi, Gombe, Yobe, and Borno have thrown their weight behind calls for restructuring of the Nigerian state.
Leadership reports that Bauchi state governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, while speaking at a public meeting on true federalism held at multipurpose indoor sports hall in Bauchi, expressed strong belief in one and united Nigeria.
NAIJ.com gathered that Governor Abubakar who was represented by his deputy, Engineer Nuhu Gidado, noted that the youths should be given priority in a restructured Nigeria with true federalism.
The governor also said that they are going to look into the issue of state and local government autonomy.
He informed that his administration has done a lot in the areas of agriculture and education in the state, adding that the state government will continue to do more.
Yobe state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam in his remarks noted that the meeting on true federalism will bring about changes aimed at tackling the current challenges facing the country .
Governor Gaidam, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Special Services, Government House, Damaturu, Lawal Usman Hassan, enumerated the current institutional problems in the country.
In its memorandum, the Bauchi state chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress, represented by the state chairman of the Union, Comrade Hashimu Mohammed Gital, talked about key areas, including creation and merger of states, devolution of power, local government autonomy, type of legislature, system of government, Land Use Act, national minimum wage, among others.
He said the organized labour is strongly of the view that Nigeria should continue with the current presidential system of government, which he said encourages democracy, guarantee political stability, independence of the President, proper use of talent and there is check and balance.
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Gital submitted that the organized labour is not in support of any moves towards creation of additional states in view of the present Nigeria economic realities.
Gital also said that the local government councils in the country should be granted autonomy in order to facilitate and fast track development at the grassroots.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar lambasted the people opposing the calls for the restructuring of Nigeria.
Watch a NAIJ.com TV video below of Nigerians speaking about restructuring: