Why de­vo­lu­tion of pow­ers’ bill will resur­face — Sen. Ohuabunwa

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - From Li­nus Ef­fiong, Umuahia From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

Se­na­tor Mao Ohuabunwa (PDP, Abia North), has pro­vided in­sight into pos­si­ble rea­sons the con­sti­tu­tion re­view pro­posal on de­volv­ing more pow­ers to states failed in the Na­tional Assem­bly.

Ohuabunwa, who spoke at his con­stituency of­fice, in Umuahia, said vot­ing pat­tern was a re­flec­tion of the wishes of the con­stituents of the law­mak­ers, say­ing those who sup­ported the pro­posal might have failed in do­ing enough to can­vass votes.

“Many se­na­tors voted against de­vo­lu­tion; if you won­der why, then the an­swer is prob­a­bly most of those that voted against it did so is in the in­ter­est of peo­ple they rep­re­sent. Many voted be­cause they

The Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assem­bly, Umar Ahmed Imam, has ad­journed the assem­bly’s ple­nary in­def­i­nitely in re­sponse to Tues­day’s in­va­sion of the cham­bers by sus­pected thugs. This was con­tained in a press re­lease is­sued by the Clerk of the House, Mr Tseja A. Sheidu, on be­half of the speaker. T h e state­ment reads: “The Speaker of Kogi State House of Assem­bly, Rt. Hon. Umar did not quite un­der­stand what re­struc­tur­ing means, be­cause so many things were put to­gether and I think go­ing for­ward, what we in­tend to do by the time we re­sume, is to en­gage some of our col­leagues, if pos­si­ble split them into bills,” he said.

“For us, to­tal re­struc­tur­ing is the an­swer. We were prac­tic­ing democ­racy be­fore the mil­i­tary ar­rived, what we have to­day is a mil­i­tary struc­ture. Now that democ­racy has come up, we need to re­view the struc­tures to align with demo­cratic tenets.

“De­vo­lu­tion of power does not mean sep­a­ra­tion or se­ces­sion; it is in the in­ter­est of all Nige­ri­ans be­cause it will en­cour­age a healthy com­pe­ti­tion among the zones which will lead to the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try,” he said.

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