Del­e­gates can­vass fis­cal fed­er­al­ism, new con­sti­tu­tion

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Del­e­gates at Na­tional Con­fer­ence yes­ter­day can­vassed for fis­cal fed­er­al­ism and a new con­sti­tu­tion for the coun­try. The del­e­gates made the call at ple­nary while de­lib­er­at­ing on Pres­i­dent God­luck Jonathan’s in­au­gu­ral speech on March 17.

Sen. Nimi Barigha-Amange, a Federal Govern­ment del­e­gate, called for fis­cal fed­er­al­ism to en­sure fed­er­at­ing units source their funds, de­velop their states at their pace while pay­ing tax to the cen­tre.

He said a sit­u­a­tion where states de­pended mainly on the federal govern­ment was not a re­flec­tion of fis­cal fed­er­al­ism.

“When a struc­ture is old, we ei­ther pull it down or put a new struc­ture or we in­ject pos­i­tive ideas,” he said.

“The struc­ture as we see to­day called Nigeria is faulty

the in the sense that to­day we call it Federal Repub­lic of Nigeria.

“How federal is Nigeria when the fed­er­at­ing unit will come to Abuja ev­ery 18th of the month cap in hand beg­ging for al­lowance from the federal govern­ment?”

An­other del­e­gate, Annkio Briggs, a del­e­gate rep­re­sent­ing the Federal Govern­ment, said the 1999 con­sti­tu­tion was no longer vi­able con­sid­er­ing its in­con­sis­tency.

She said it was high time Nigeria had a new con­sti­tu­tion that would pro­mote equal­ity and self­less­ness.

“The con­sti­tu­tion of 1999 is no longer ac­cept­able to the people of Nigeria. There­fore, we need a con­sti­tu­tion that will be based on jus­tice and brother­hood, not greed for power and self­ish­ness,” she said. (NAN)

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