Akeredolu, Wike, other govs call for restructuring, fiscal federalism

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, and some of his counterparts across the country have called for urgent restructuring of the country as well as fair and equitable treatment of states in the distribution of resources by practicing true fiscal federalism.

Akeredolu, who made the call on Friday in a statewide broadcast to commemorate the 2021 Independence Day Celebration, called for urgent restructuring of the country to reflect the diversity and address the various misunderstandings and high rate of criminality in the polity.

The governor said the current system adopted in the county did not encourage ingenuity.

He said, “It has become imperative that the current structure be tinkered with in a fundamental way. It is no longer sustainable. Our country is blessed abundantly. There is hardly any part of this vastly endowed space that should not be self-sustaining. This land should not be a place where hunger, poverty and a general sense of lack predominate.

“We must be bold enough to interrogate why these challenges appear perennial. We must not shy away from the reality of our diversity which should, ordinarily, be a source of strength but is gradually becoming an albatross.

“The states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria appear independent nominally at present.

“Our people must strive under a system which recognizes their God-given talents and promotes unique initiatives. All federating units must be less dependent on the Federal Government for basic survival.”

In Bayelsa, the state government cancelled a march past it had organized to mark Nigeria’s 61st independence and the state’s 25th anniversary. Although no official statement was issued on the abrupt cancellation of the event, it was gathered that the decision was prompted by ‘security reasons’ fueled by the Buhari-Must-Go protests that rocked Abuja in the early hours of Friday.

But the State Governor, Douye Diri, in an earlier statewide broadcast had called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), to be fair to the state and the Niger Delta people in the distribution of resources.

He urged the President to adhere to the principles of federalism and ensure that amendments to the Petroleum Industry Act reflected fairness and equity for the region.

He said, “Today, we are marking our silver jubilee as a state. The significance of these twin events falling on the same day must not be lost on us. It is absolutely fitting and auspicious that Nigeria and Bayelsa State share a common birthday.

“I appeal to the President to ensure that Bayelsa and the rest of the Niger Delta are fairly and equitably treated in the distribution of resources, particularly by practicing fiscal federalism and the amendment of the Petroleum Industry Act recently signed into law.”

Also, the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, says Nigeria, as a nation, has performed abysmally for 61 years and it’s time to quickly muster measures to rescue it from the wrong direction it is headed.

The governor gave the charge at the March Pass and Parade event in commemoration of the 61st Independence of the country held at Sharks Football Stadium, Port Harcourt on Friday.

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