Aregbesola Can­vases Re­struc­tur­ing

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Tunji Omo­foye,os­ogbo

AS the is­sue of re­struc­tur­ing of Nige­ria con­tin­ues to re­ver­ber­ate, Gov­er­nor of Osun State, Og­beni Rauf Aregbesola, has noted that the prac­tice of true fed­er­al­ism would ac­cel­er­ate de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try.

Aregbesola made the re­mark, while de­liv­er­ing a pa­per at a one day con­fer­ence on the se­cond an­niver­sary of South West in Na­tional Gover­nance.

Speak­ing on the theme: “South West to Abuja: A Mid-term Ap­praisal,” the gov­er­nor how­ever frowned at the call for lo­cal gov­ern­ment au­ton­omy, stress­ing that such is an­ti­thet­i­cal to fed­er­al­ism, as ac­cord­ing to him, un­der the 1999 con­sti­tu­tion, lo­cal gov­ern­ments are ap­pendages of the state gov­ern­ment.

He called for a re­treat from the cur­rent prac­tice of pres­i­den­tial sys­tem to the par­lia­men­tary model on the grounds that the pres­i­den­tial sys­tem was too ex­pen­sive for a frag­ile econ­omy.

He noted: “Nige­ria is not just a Repub­lic, but a Fed­eral Repub­lic, a fed­eral state is where ev­ery dis­tinc­tion of na­tion­al­ity is recog­nised, re­spected and hon­oured. None of the units of the Fed­er­a­tion is there­fore su­pe­rior to the other. Ev­ery of the units are em­pow­ered by law to ad­min­is­ter them­selves un­der the gen­eral guide­line of the con­sti­tu­tion.”

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