2014 na­tional con­fab a waste – Prof Oloyede

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Romoke W. Ah­mad, Ilorin

The 2014 na­tional con­fer­ence was a waste, the cosec­re­tary of the con­fab, Pro­fes­sor Is-shaq Oloyede, has said.

Pro­fes­sor Oloyede, a for­mer Vice Chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity of Ilorin, said the com­po­si­tion of mem­bers that par­tic­i­pated in the con­fer­ence did not pro­vide ad­e­quate representation of the people in the coun­try.

He said the con­fab was like a fo­rum for some people to meet and en­joy the na­tional cake, adding that some of the rec­om­men­da­tions made were faulty, though some good de­ci­sions were also taken.

How­ever, Pro­fes­sor Oloyede said there was need for proper re­struc­tur­ing of the fed­eral sys­tem to re­flect the yearn­ings of the com­po­nent states.

The for­mer V-C stated these at the week­end, shortly be­fore a Ra­madan break­fast din­ner with jour­nal­ists, at his res­i­dence, in Ilorin.

He noted that it was time to call for a re­struc­tur­ing of the Nige­rian state, ar­gu­ing that all other com­po­nents were not func­tion­ing in the coun­try.

Oloyede said the coun­try was cur­rently op­er­at­ing a uni­tary sys­tem of gov­ern­ment, which, ac­cord­ing to him, was not sus­tain­able.

He pointed out that it was only the gov­ern­ment at the cen­tre that was func­tion­ing, adding that many states in the coun­try were facing eco­nomic pres­sures and were no bet­ter that “a pseudo state.”

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