Nigeria needs a renewed political structure – Confab delegate
One of the delegates in the on-going national conference from Borno State, Dr. Abdu Bulama, has said the system of governance adopted in Nigeria is the cause of the country’s political and socio-economic problems.
Speaking with our correspondent in Abuja at the weekend, the delegate said: “There is a general consensus in the current national debate that the primary challenge facing us as a nation is the nature of the political structure and to some extent the form of government we operate.
“Nigeria is a heterogeneous political nation with many ethnic groups having different cultures, social ways and religions. Even the geography is diverse ranging from the rain and mangrove forest in the south to the Sudan and arid zone in the north,” he said.
Bulama, a one time Resident Electoral Commissioner in charge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) noted that Nigeria’s political structure should be a function of its diversity saying: “I believe there is need for a renewed restructuring in governance, which would give a federalism made up of viable federating units capable of generating their resources and managing their own affairs with healthy competition amongst themselves and contributing meaningfully to the unity government.”
He urged government at all levels to pay more attention to the education sector saying, education is life and power and no nation can afford to neglect its educational sector. He said the conference must further review the education policies to face the challenges, especially in the field of science and technology.
“Currently, the polytechnics are closed for nearly a year. We as a people must collectively remove this negative attitude towards technical education if we are to compete favourably with other nations in this modern time,” he said.