Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara support devolution of powers as North East backs restructuring
This was the position of the three states at the APC North West zonal public hearing held in Sokoto on Monday.
The position of Sokoto State as presented by the former Deputy Governor Chiso Abdullahi, rejected the creation of new states, saying that many states in the country at the moment were not viable.
He advocated that the presidential system and fiscal federalism should be maintained as enshrined in the constitution, while power rotation and zoning should be retained to foster national unity.
Abdullahi also advocated for a unicameral legislature while traditional institutions should be given advisory roles in the constitution.
He also highlighted that revenue allocation should be shared on the basis of 43% for the Federal Government, 35% for states and 23% for local councils.
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Kebbi State, on the other hand, rejected the creation of new states and bicameral legislature but endorsed zoning between the North and the South.
The state also advocated for a revenue sharing formula with the Federal Government receiving 40%, states 40% and local government areas 20%.
It further canvassed for the devolution of powers whereby the
Federal Government should transfer some sectors that will be better handled by the states.
Speaking at the meeting, the Chairman of the APC Restructuring Committee for North West and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, said that all the views collated would be taken to the APC national headquarters.
“At the end of the exercise, all the views collated will be analysed and this will form the opinion of the APC and the federal government,” he said.
In his remarks, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, said that the aim of the public hearing was to collate the views of the people on how the country should be restructured and governed.
He said this would enable the party to have a better informed position on the issue whenever it is making its presentation.
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Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State said that the North would not be stampeded into accepting other people’s agenda but would only be guided by reason.
He said that some of the issues being clamoured by certain groups in the country were subject to a lot of sentiments.
The Zamfara State Governor, Abdulazeez Yari, who was represented by the Deputy Governor Ibrahim Wakala, said that the state was behind the unity of Nigeria.
Also, yesterday, Bauchi, Gombe, Yobe, and Borno States backed the calls for the restructuring of Nigeria.
At a public hearing on true federalism held at the Multipurpose Indoor Sports Hall in Bauchi, Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, expressed strong belief in a one and united Nigeria.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Mr. Nuhu Gidado, the governor submitted that youths should be given priority in a restructured Nigeria under a true federalism.
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On his part, Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, said
that the meeting on true federalism would bring changes aimed at tackling the current challenges facing the country.
Gaidam, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Special Services, Government House, Damaturu, Lawal Usman Hassan, highlighted the current institutional problems in the country.
In its memorandum, the Bauchi State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, represented by its Chairman, Comrade Hashimu Mohammed Gital, spoke on creation and merger of states, devolution of powers, local government autonomy, types of legislature, system of government, Land Use Act, national minimum wage, among others.
Gital submitted that the organised labour was against the creation of additional states in view of the present economic realities.
Bagudu, who commented on derivation, resource control and land tenure system, said that if the stakeholders must support resource control or derivation, the issue of land tenure system should be properly addressed before they arrive in Sokoto for the meeting.
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