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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Devolve Security, Land, Others To Regional Units - FG Told



Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

An elite social and professional group in Ogun State, Abeokuta Club, has advised the Federal Government to devolve authority on Security, Land, Solid Minerals, Inland waterways, Agriculture and Education to the regional units of the federation in order to enhance productivity, efficiency and optimal benefits to citizens.

This position formed part of the communique issued at the end of Sobo Sowemimo annual lecture titled : COVID - 19 and Nigeria Security Issurs: The Way Forward, and made available to The Daily Crucible on behalf of its executives, elders and members.

Chief (Engr) Tokunbo Odebunmi is the President of Abeokuta Club.

The virtual public lecture which was coordinated recently at the Club's House, Abeokuta, the state capital, via the Zoom platform, had former President Olusegun Obasanjo as key speaker at the occasion.

The Communique noted that security, education, solid minerals, Land were closer to the people and should be left in the hands of the authorities closer to them, while the central government should concentrate more on Defence, Foreign Affairs, Aviation and Air-Space control, Marine boundaries, International Relations and International Trade.

It also recommended that the Government should cede to the Regional units, matters such as Higher Education, Internal trade, Research and Development, Science, Technology and Innovation and other issues that would be better enhanced through regional structures. 

According the group, Regional Governments should contribute certain percentage of their revenue to the Federal Government for maintenance of the National Government.

The Communique further recommended that the Federal and State Governments should promote togetherness of the people of Nigeria in manners devoid of domineering spirit or tendencies, disregard or disrespect of any component and with observance of, and respect for the fundamental human rights.

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