Conference of Speakers canvasses devolution of power for national development

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Obasa, disclosed this in a release by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Musbau Rasak, at the ongoing consultative meeting on the Review and Harmonisation of the Standing Orders and Rules of Business of the State Houses of Assembly in the South-West Region holding in Abeokuta.

The Chairman, Conference of Speakers of the States Legislature of Nigeria, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, on Friday said devolution of power, was a major way to bring about rapid national development.

Obasa, disclosed this in a release by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Musbau Rasak, at the ongoing consultative meeting on the Review and Harmonisation of the Standing Orders and Rules of Business of the State Houses of Assembly in the South-West Region holding in Abeokuta.

“While the oneness of Nigeria is non-negotiable, one thing we will need to speedily work on is the issue of devolution of power vis-à-vis fiscal federalism.

“Nigeria is made up of diverse ethnic groups, which have similar goals of moving Nigeria to the next level but at times have different ideas on how to achieve it.

“No doubt, centralisation of power at the Federal level as it exists currently in Nigeria is not the most ideal approach to accomplish genuinely necessary rapid development.

“Devolution of power from Federal Government to state and local governments is the way to go,” Obasa, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly was quoted as saying.

According to him, there is need for the Federal Government to address the issue of Devolution of Powers as a matter of urgency.

Obasa said that the distance between Federal Government and the people at the grassroots is way too far to bring about a holistic development to every nook and cranny of the country.

He added: “It is obvious to all and sundry that the Federal Government is simply too far away from the masses and cannot cover the whole country in an effective manner.

“There is an in-built limitation on what a government so far away from the people can achieve. People in each locale know their area far much better than a Federal minister or President located in Abuja.

“The only panacea to some of our present economic challenges as a nation is through restructuring, where every state will look inward to generate revenue to take care of their individual needs.

“For instance, if individual states are constitutionally empowered to generate and distribute power, it will aid massive industrialisation, which is a catalyst for technological advancement and economic development.”

Obasa, representing Agege Constituency I at the Lagos Assembly, also advocated for state police in the country.

“The present Nigeria Police system is inadequate to address our enormous security challenges in the country.

“Hence, it becomes imperative to have community policing, which is the hallmark of state police,” he said. 


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