N/Assem­bly to re­visit de­vo­lu­tion of pow­ers

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

Deputy Se­nate Pres­i­dent Ike Ek­w­ere­madu, yes­ter­day said de­vo­lu­tion of pow­ers and other pro­pos­als re­jected dur­ing the re­cent vote on Con­sti­tu­tion amend­ment would be re­vis­ited when the Na­tional Assem­bly re­sumes in Septem­ber.

The Na­tional Assem­bly had last week re­jected the pro­posal for de­vo­lu­tion of pow­ers other­wise known as re­struc­tur­ing and eight other items put up for amend­ment.

Ek­w­ere­madu made this known dur­ing a meet­ing on South East in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment with a del­e­ga­tion of the Part­ner­ship to En­gage, Re­form, and Learn (PERL) and the United King­dom’s Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment (DFID) led by PERL’s Team Leader, Dr Adiya Ode in Abuja.

He said de­vo­lu­tion of pow­ers to the fed­er­at­ing units would quicken in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try.

The Se­na­tor, who also chairs the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on the Re­view of the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion said: “We are also con­scious of the fact that Nige­ri­ans are wor­ried about some of the rec­om­men­da­tions that did not pass. Let me use this op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther ap­pre­ci­ate and re­as­sure Nige­ri­ans that we are sen­si­tive to their feel­ings and that we are likely go­ing to re­visit some of the is­sues they are con­cerned about when we re­turn from our va­ca­tion.

“Some of the is­sues did not scale through be­cause there is need for fuller un­der­stand­ing as well as more con­sul­ta­tions and con­sen­sus build­ing on them and their im­pli­ca­tions for our peo­ple”.

Ek­w­ere­madu who was quoted in a state­ment by his me­dia aide, Uche Anichukwu added: “No doubt, your stud­ies on South East were right be­cause the re­gion is in­deed highly chal­lenged, es­pe­cially in the ar­eas of trans­port in­fra­struc­ture such as roads, rail­way and sea­port. We are also chal­lenged in the ar­eas of power.”

In her re­marks, Dr Ode com­mended the Na­tional Assem­bly for vot­ing in favour of au­ton­omy for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ments and State Houses of Assem­bly, while also call­ing for greater sup­port for gen­der main­stream­ing and other amend­ments that would speed up na­tional de­vel­op­ment.

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