Nigeria needs a re­newed po­lit­i­cal struc­ture – Con­fab del­e­gate

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Saawua Terzungwe

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.

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