Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara sup­port devolution of powers as North East backs restruc­turing

September 26, 2017

The All Progres­sives Congress (APC) in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States, have supported the devolution of pow­ers in the country.

The party asked the Federal Government to transfer some as­pects of health, transport, fire ser­vice, among others, to the states while it focuses on defence, for­eign affairs, security and currency.

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.

Zamfara State insisted that the status quo should be maintained on issues of state creation, deriva­tion, devolution of powers, presi­dential system of government and land tenure system.

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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