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Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by Redcrafton: 8:42am On Oct 13
Say it’s most viable option now and foreseeable future …

Back 100% resource control, merging of Senate, House of Reps


FOR the first time since the agitation for restructuring started, some northern leaders have a made move that is bound to cause cheers among resource control activists in the oil-rich Niger-Delta region. To make Nigeria viable, the leaders are seeking a return to the 1967 12-state structure to be known as regions with full devolution of powers and 100 per cent resource control.

In a memorandum to the National Assembly Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, the Northern leaders, who described themselves as Friends of Democracy, said the 12 -state structure ‘’is the most viable option for Nigeria at the moment and in the foreseeable future.’’ The memorandum was signed by Alhaji Othman Tofa, Ambassador Fatimah Balla; Alhaji Sule Yahaya Hamma; Dr Abubakar Siddique Mohammed; Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah; Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim; Mai Bilya Bala; Mr. Hubert Shaiyen; Dr Kabir Az-Zubair; Professor Jibrin Ibrahim; and Dr Usman Bugaje.

Going down memory lane, the leaders, who argued the North has not been aloof on restructuring as being painted, said that since 2001 ‘’a new crop of Northern intellectuals, technocrats and politicians, have continued to search for a common ground with the rest of Nigeria on restructuring in different ways but the Northern effort has been under-reported in the mainstream media, for understandable reasons.’’ Noting that Nigeria, over years, has gone through various forms of restructuring – three regions at independence, four regions in 1963, 12 states in 1967, 19 states in 1976, 21 states in 1987, 30 states in 1991 and 36 states in 1996, they blamed the dismantling of the 12-state structure for the country’s nagging socio-economic challenges. ‘

’The distortion of the 12-state structure by multiplying the states to 19, 21, 30 and 36 was done to appease new minority groups that emerged after state creation, to spread federal largesse more evenly and sometimes for selfish reasons.

Today, Nigeria cannot sustain the 36-state structure due to its over-dependence on oil revenues that would continue to dwindle in the coming years,’’ they said.

Arguing that restructuring through multiplication of states produced a Jacobin effect that strengthened Federal power relative to the powers of the federating units, and weakened all political groups that are not in control of the centre, the leaders outlined five key principles of restructuring and nine constitutional proposals ‘’to substantially improve and stabilise Nigeria’s federation, cater for the welfare of a large majority of Nigerians and allocate the nation’s resources in an efficient and cost-effective manner.’’ Their key principles for restructuring Nigeria ‘’States must be economically viable and must rely on fiscal resources they generate themselves instead of handouts from the Centre. ‘’States must operate in a democratic manner and be run by Chief Executives that are accountable to the people and legislators that are independent.

“States should have the constitutional and legislative powers to determine their internal structures such as the number of local governments they desire. ‘’States must be allowed to determine their own framework and mechanism for the choice of leaders at all levels, which recognises and combines both merit and the need for fair representation of the broad identities that make up the states such as geography, ethnicity, religion, etc. ‘

’Balance the distribution of power and fiscal resources between the states and the federation to address the desire for local resource control and the viability of the federation as a whole.’’ Constitutional proposals Given these principles, the northern leaders proposed the following constitutional amendments: A return to the 12-state federal structure of 1967.

The 12 states would be the federating units; The 12 states shall be re-designated as regions and shall have full control of their resources while paying appropriate taxes to the Federal Government; The regions shall have the powers to create and maintain local governments as they desire; Overhaul the Legislative Lists and reassign agriculture, education and health to the Residual List in which states alone would have competence but the Federal Government would share a regulatory role with the states; Mining should be reassigned to the concurrent list with on-land mining under the federating units and off-land mining under the control of the government of the federation; Policing should also be reassigned to the concurrent list with only inter-state crime, cyber-crime and international crime under the jurisdiction of the federal police; The power of taxation should remain concurrent; The Federal Character Principle should be retained and strictly and universally observed; and The current Senate should be merged with the House of Representatives under a unicameral legislature.

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2020/10/restructuring-northern-leaders-root-for-12-state-structure/

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by ThreeEyedRaven: 8:42am On Oct 13
well...not enough undecided

This won't stop porrus borders in the North
This won't stop massive voting by Nigeriens and Chadians in Nigerian elections.
This won't stop the recklessness of the herdsmen
This won't stop

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by Redcrafton: 8:43am On Oct 13
People we are getting somewhere.

The handwriting has been on the wall for all to see, that the nation is not working at all.

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by Haywhysat: 8:44am On Oct 13
Better. We should have about 5 regions.

Western region, Middle belt, Niger Delta, Eastern region and Core North

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by Redcrafton: 8:48am On Oct 13
Haywhysat:
Better. We should have about 5 regions.

Western region, Middle belt, Niger Delta, Eastern region and Core North

Every region should be semi-autonomous.

You don't need to go to Abuja for building your roads.

One region can decide to build their road and toll it...keeping the roads in good shape...while the other region might decide not to toll their roads and have them in bad conditions. Its up to them and their people.

This is against the current situation where the minister in charge in Abuja decides which roads to build.

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by protests: 8:49am On Oct 13
Which leaders? Like this one? No more leaders, belle is talking.

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by HeadShot: 8:50am On Oct 13
Let's go back to the regions...

Each region manage their resources and create State Police...

Agriculture and creative industry is the Future...

Everybody is going Green... Oil is worthless now

Oil companies are downsizing

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by Rugaria: 8:53am On Oct 13
If the north leads the so-called restructuring process to fit their grand design again, the rest of the country should object. What I have learnt from all that is going on is that the socalled north gets away with all sorts of evil , simply because the rest of the country is docile. The lopsided state and local government structures in place today were all whimsically designed by northern army officers to favour the north to the detriment of the southern part of the country especially the east. They have more states, more local governments, more allocations, more senators, more....., it's endless ! Now, they are fearful that after Buhari, with the trends of political events, a real restructuring might happen, and they want to quickly effect changes to guarantee nothern domination for another century. This is wrong! It's either everybody is treated equally going forward, or the whole country should expire..

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by HeadShot: 8:53am On Oct 13
Redcrafton:


Every region should be semi-autonomous.

You don't need to go to Abuja for building your roads.

One region can decide to build their road and toll it...keeping the roads in good shape...while the other region might decide not to toll their roads and have them in bad conditions. Its up to them and their people.

This is against the current situation were the minister in charge in Abuja decides which roads to build.

Well said... Senate and House of Representatives should be scrapped... They are the retirement home for politicians

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by Merimental(m): 8:55am On Oct 13
dis must be d elite fraction sanely speaking.

d uneducated bigot, tribalistic quota system bunch will counter attack der brodas opinions soon.

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by gidgiddy: 8:55am On Oct 13
Haywhysat:
Better. We should have about 5 regions.

Western region, Middle belt, Niger Delta, Eastern region and Core North

Theres no problem with this except that we Igbos are going to insist that all Igbo speaking people be put in the Eastern Region. This means that Igbanke in Edo state, Anioma in Delta state, Umuezeokoha in Benue state and Ikwerre, Ekpeye, Ahoada, Asa all Igbo speaking people in Rivers state be added to the present South East to make the Eastern Region.

Of course, all this will be by referendum to let everyone choose what Region they want to belong to

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by Rugaria: 8:58am On Oct 13
Haywhysat:
Better. We should have about 5 regions.

Western region, Middle belt, Niger Delta, Eastern region and Core North

Western minorities should have their own region too. Let all be free to be represented.. I mean the Aworis, the Eguns et all..

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by DICKstractor(m): 9:01am On Oct 13
Restructuring is the only option available if they really want this country to continue or they just dissolve the nation let every region go their own way.


I don't see how a country with different ethnical group is more favorable to a particular region and biase to the others

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by helinues: 9:02am On Oct 13
Interesting
Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by obiekunie2: 9:02am On Oct 13
gidgiddy:


Theres no problem with this except that we Igbos are going to insist that all Igbo speaking people be put in the Eastern Region. This means that Igbanke in Edo state, Anioma in Delta state, Umuezeokoha in Benue state and Ikwerre, Ekpeye, Ahoada, Asa all Igbo speaking people in Rivers state be added to the present South East to make the Eastern Region.

my brother i beg to disagree with you.

we are not going to force anybody to be among us.

any group desirous of being on their own are free to do so.

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by Abouwaza(m): 9:03am On Oct 13
Fvck restructuring
Seccession is a goal
Oduduwa is here to stay
Imagine sharing country with slowones that wants sars to remain
Never
I just wish my mother's people(Kanuris) will not suffer in the hands of these slow minds when we leave

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by LivingSage(f): 9:04am On Oct 13
12 States is NO NO.
How many states were in the South when Gowan created the 12 states? No, we can't accept such.


If there'll be any Restructuring, it should be Regional Government.

Let's go back to Regional Government, also dissolve this current 2 Chambers.

Finally, Our constitution needs to be rewrite to overhaul the inequalities in those institutions

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by darelar(m): 9:04am On Oct 13
gidgiddy:


Theres no problem with this except that we Igbos are going to insist that all Igbo speaking people be put in the Eastern Region. This means that Igbanke in Edo state, Anioma in Delta state, Umuezeokoha in Benue state and Ikwerre, Ekpeye, Ahoada, Asa all Igbo speaking people in Rivers state be added to the present South East to make the Eastern Region.

���� Speaking for beneficial supporters bro. You wise well.

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by eyiolarhomisore: 9:06am On Oct 13
I foresee Nigeria breaking before 2023

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by Coldie(m): 9:20am On Oct 13
HeadShot:
Let's go back to the regions...

Each region manage their resources and create State Police...

Agriculture and creative industry is the Future...

Everybody is going Green... Oil is worthless now

Oil companies are downsizing
Which region are u from?
Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by amc: 9:21am On Oct 13
eyiolarhomisore:
I foresee Nigeria breaking before 2023

You funny die. Unless there is another word for breaking.

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by Coldie(m): 9:21am On Oct 13
eyiolarhomisore:
I foresee Nigeria breaking before 2023
U said 2020 in 2019 e no work

This is 2020 u say 2023 ur sense no tell u anything?

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by Igbochief001(m): 9:24am On Oct 13
obiekunie2:


my brother i beg to disagree with you.

we are not going to force anybody to be among us.

any group desirous of being on their own are free to do so.
It's not force but be given the option to join

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by Coldie(m): 9:24am On Oct 13
DICKstractor:
Restructuring is the only option available if they really want this country to continue or they just dissolve the nation let every region go their own way.


I don't see how a country with different ethnical group is more favorable to a particular region and biase to the others
So that when they form Biafra u people will start begging world bank, Un, Au etc for loan up and down?

The world is tired of useless countries whose only contribution to the world is population and u want to form more

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by Balogunodua(m): 9:26am On Oct 13
Rugaria:


Western minorities should have their own region too. Let all be free to be represented.. I mean the Aworis, the Eguns et all..



Trash........

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by Coldie(m): 9:27am On Oct 13
Haywhysat:
Better. We should have about 5 regions.

Western region, Middle belt, Niger Delta, Eastern region and Core North
No go develop your state dae there dae say u want region
Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by OkoNDOoBo: 9:27am On Oct 13
Rugaria:


Western minorities should have their own region too. Let all be free to be represented.. I mean the Aworis, the Eguns et all..

aworis re yorubas and we re proud descendant of olofin ogunfuminire an ife prince.

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by Coldie(m): 9:31am On Oct 13
12 state system is not feasible there was a reason more states were created. More States were created to curb marginalization.

Ebonyi people used to complain about being marginalized that development wasn't reaching them.

Rivers people especially the ikwerres were extremely marginalized under the old rivers state by the Ijaws before bayelsa was created.

Same with akwa ibom/cross rivers. It was marginalization of akwa ibom people by cross rivers that turned lots of them into house maids back in the days

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by LivingSage(f): 9:32am On Oct 13
OkoNDOoBo:
aworis re yorubas and we re proud descendant of olofin ogunfuminire an ife prince.
Ipobs will claim to know your history more than you.
They're very insensitive

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by GolDRoger: 9:32am On Oct 13
cheesy
Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by Coldie(m): 9:34am On Oct 13
The only restructuring we from the east want us for all Geo political zones to have equal number of senators and house of reps members.

Increase of derivation for oil allocation from 13% to 25%.

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Re: Restructuring: Northern Leaders Root For 12-State Structure by Coldie(m): 9:35am On Oct 13
LivingSage:

Ipobs will claim to know your history more than you.
They're very insensitive
Amotekun everybody can say their minds without bringing in ipob

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