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Only True Federalism Can Solve Nigerian Problems – Amosun

Posted: Oct 2, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Oladele Ogunsola,


Until Nigeria embraces true federalism, the myriad of problems being confronted would not abate, the governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle  Amosun, has said.

The Ogun State helmsman, who spoke in Ibadan while delivering  the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council’s Independence Anniversary Lecture/Award entitled ‘Nigeria @55: The Pains, The Gains, The Prospects’ held at Iyaganku Press Centre, disclosed that the country had been witnessing series of crises because of the fraudulent federalism being operated.

In the lecture delivered on his behalf by the Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, the governor disclosed that the sharing formula of the allocation among the three tiers of governments negate the principles of true federalism.

He declared that “in a situation whereby the Federal Government is receiving 52 percent while the state governments receive 26 percent and the local governments receiving 20 percent clearly shows that such a federalism practise is a fraudulent one.

“Whereas, with the sharing formula, the Federal Government with larger percentage of the allocation, has little responsibilities than the states. For instance, in Ogun State, we have over 70 federal agencies that without our support, it would have been difficult for them to survive.

“For example, there is no Police Command that can survive throughout the federation without the support of their state’s governments and the solution is for the stakeholders to re-arrange the sharing formula to favour the state governments that have more responsibilities than the federal government,” he noted further.

He equally admonished everybody in the country to support President Mohammadu Buhari’s wind of change that is centered on re-arranging and re-building the institutions that will guarantee good governance and secure the future of the country. The Ogun State governor, who emphasised that Boko Haram insurgents broke out from the Northerner part of the country due to corruption and lack of faith in the government by the citizens of the area, urged Nigerians to support Mr. President in fighting corruption.

He also canvassed for good judicial system that would accelerate hearing of cases, provisions of modern education that will re-arrange the curriculum and make the graduates job providers rather than job seekers.

Amosun also canvassed for diversification of the country’s economy from oil to agriculture, technology and telecommunication development for the easy eradication of employment for the unemployed youths. A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Ogun State governor urged other state governors in the country to visit APC states, saying, “try and visit APC states,  you will see genuine efforts being made by our governors in the development of their states.”

“Ogun did not have a single modern development until we came to government, we constructed first fly-over, established and influenced the construction of over 100 blue-chips companies among others,” he added.