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|'restructuring' - Revisiting Atiku And Osibanjo's Exchange by Kenekingisback: 7:54pm On Oct 12, 2018|
As the election draws nearer, a decisive factor is the approach to the vexed topic of 'Restructuring', which I feel needs to be discussed again. According to September 1, 2018 report in popular online newspaper, the debate was raised and some clarification made by Atiku.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has criticised Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for arguing that Nigeria’s problem is not “restructuring”.
In an article he authored, sent to PREMIUM TIMES by his media office, Mr Abubakar, who is running for president in 2019, said Mr Osinbajo demonstrated “a lack of appreciation of the core tenets of the concept”. “It is a surprise that the Vice President would take such a position and, in particular, fail to appreciate the connection between Nigeria’s defective structure and its underperformance,” he wrote.
“It is unhelpful to reduce the construct of “Restructuring” to a geographical concept as VP Osinbajo does, which in itself demonstrates a lack of appreciation of the core tenets of the concept.”
For the avoidance of doubt, re-structuring is not about the re-drawing of state or regional boundaries. The restructured Nigeria that a large number of Nigerians talk about, is a Nigeria that not only provides opportunities for everyone to work but even more specifically challenges every layer of governance to demonstrate capacity to create wealth and jobs for the citizens.
Restructuring is not just about the devolution of powers to the states, it is about transforming the respective roles of the federal, state and local governments to perform more efficiently in matters of territorial as well as economic governance.
Above all, when we talk about restructuring, we are not talking about just constitutional tweaks, we are talking about a cultural revolution. It is not about re-shuffling a few responsibilities or resources, but about disrupting the authoritarian politics our democracy has inherited from its military and colonial rulers of past.
Viewed this way, Nigeria needs to be restructured. Nigeria has operated a faulty system of federalism especially under military governments. Both economic and political structures are defective, resulting in weak economic management systems which, in turn, prevent all levels of the Nigerian government — federal, states and local governments, from operating at optimal levels.
Faced with the reality of non-performance, Nigerians have clamoured for the restructuring of the economy towards a more diversified structure. To make this happen would require that we establish and sustain a model of governance which would nurture a spirit of participation and consensus on key national issues and accommodate all the diverse segments of the society. In other words, if we accept the wisdom behind calls for a restructuring of the economy, we must be ready to build a foundation for its success: we must, in other words re-structure the polity.
The federal structure is so complex with a very strong centre that it has succeeded in accumulating many responsibilities, and along with these, huge resources, which belong to the other levels of government.
So can we have the blueprint as soon as possible? More clarification including timelines of actioning this concept from day of assuming May 29, 2019 is desired. If we don't have this, the road to Aso Rock would remain unclear, we dont want to be scammed again.
|Re: 'restructuring' - Revisiting Atiku And Osibanjo's Exchange by Sirjamo: 8:35pm On Oct 12, 2018|
Take devolution of power and revenue sharing formula for example, you can't do that without amending the constitution, I'd love to see how Atiku would achieve that with the north dominance of the National Assembly
|Re: 'restructuring' - Revisiting Atiku And Osibanjo's Exchange by Kenekingisback: 8:36pm On Oct 12, 2018|
It is an easy task, there is already a bill passed for the amendment of the constitution
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