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1/20/2018

OBASANJO - LET’S NOT SWEEP RESTRUCTURING UNDER THE CARPET

OBASANJO  - LET’S NOT SWEEP RESTRUCTURING UNDER THE CARPET
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday  cautioned against hushing the call for restructuring in Nigeria.

Obasanjo made the call while presenting a plaque to Prof. Ehosa Osaghae, the Convocation Lecturer at the National Open University (NOUN) in Abuja.
“We should not sweep the quest for restructuring under the carpet.
“Let us talk about it,’’ he said.
Obasanjo, is among 14, 771 persons expected to receive honours at the 7th convocation of NOUN later today.
The former president is expected to receive a doctorate in Christian Theology.
Osaghae, had earlier in lecture entitled` `Restructuring and True Federalism: Nigeria in Perspective’’ said that restructuring should start from the subnational units of the federation.
He said that states had performed poorly in the provision of social amenities and infrastructure despite their allocations.

“The states, which are responsible for over 50 per cent of public sector expenditures, have performed very poorly in the delivery of basic social services and infrastructure.
“It is ironic that allegations of marginalization, exclusion and injustice allude to poor roads, absence of running water, hospitals and schools, erosion, unemployment and the like-matters which the states and local governments should take responsibility.

“A major part of the problem of the states has to do with poor governance variables-low levels or
absence of accountability and unrestrained powers of governors who have emasculated the capacities of states legislative assemblies, political parties, traditional rulers and civil societies.
“Local governments are of course far worse than the states which practically strangulate them; though the real problem with local governments is that they are inorganic and artificial to function as accountable units of governance,’’ he said.


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