APC women kick against return of regional government, creation of more states

Posted on Oct 20 2017 - 12:29pm by admin

The women wing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has kicked against a return to regional government in Nigeria.

According to them, such move will only fan the ember of suspicion and the fear of oppression among minority groups in the country.

National Women Leader of the APC, Hajia Ramatu Aliyu made the position of the women known at a town hall meeting organised by the APC committee on True Federalism.

She said the creation of states should not be considered for now as many of the existing states were not viable and cannot afford to pay salaries of workers.

She said: “As most of us will agree, there is the need for devolution of power from the centre to the federating units. A few items on the exclusive legislative list should be transferred to the concurrent list to fast-track the development of the country and enhance the delivery of essential services to the Nigerian people.

“Some of the things we believe we can benefit from this restructuring include the provision of state and community police among others.

“It will also not be out of place to transfer the so-called federal roads and similar infrastructure to the states for continued derivation principle.

“We believe that by putting Nigeria first, the question can be tackled in harmony rather than acrimony.”

On the issue of an ideal federating unit to adopt, she said, “it is our considered opinion that status quo should remain and be maintained. A return to the regional government format is not visible for many reasons which are well known to all of us.”

The women leader noted that a return to regional government will fan the embers of suspicion among minority groups who will be afraid of oppression, adding that “it is on record that many states in the country are not economically viable and so, without allocation from the centre, they are not paying salaries of workers.”

She said: “Our position is that each of this options has their pitfalls. As such, Nigeria must adopt the best one that suits our national reality and peculiarities.

“For instance, while it is widely believed that the presidential system encourages waste and is too expensive, it is also argued that the parliamentary system of government in Nigeria was not exactly successful in the past because it encourages sectionalism

“However, what is clear to us is that the present land tenure system needs to be revisited in other to make access to land for agriculture and development easy for the average Nigerian.

“Furthermore, the widespread practice in most Nigeria communities of discrimination against people in the name of indigeneship and settlers must be a source of concern to the government.

“What should matter in our nation today, is where you reside and pay your taxes and not your state of origin. This will enable every Nigerian irrespective of where you are from or live to enjoy the full rights and benefits guaranteed under our laws.”

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