June 12: True Federalism’ll Solve Nigeria’s Challenges, Says Akeredolu

June 12: True Federalism’ll Solve Nigeria’s Challenges, Says Akeredolu
Rotimi Akeredolu

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has expressed that the only way to resolve the ongoing challenges facing the country is to adopt a true federal system of government.

Akeredolu, however, noted that the challenges were surmountable provided that everyone in the country was sincere in tackling and finding a lasting solution to the problem.

He stated this at the commemoration of the 28th anniversary of the annulment of the June 12 Presidential Election won by Chief M.K.O. Abiola, held at the International Centre For Culture and Events, on Saturday.

He opined that the size of the country and its diversity deserved not to have too much power centred at the Federal Government.

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He said, “It is incongruous to have just a police command in a federal state such as Nigeria. The sheer size of the population, coupled with our diversity, makes this arrangement problematic. Every federating unit should have its own police for effective security.

“Local government administration is the closest to the people and it is, ironically, the most withdrawn from the people it is created to serve. The Federal Government should have no control, whatsoever, over how a local government is run in a state of the federation. Local government cannot be autonomous, absolutely, within a state. Let every state determine the number of local governments it wishes to have for effective administration.

“The civil service must respond to the current realities for relevance. Let the extent of wealth creation form the basis of establishing local administrations. It does not make any economic sense to create as many local governments as the politics of revenue sharing will permit,” his statement read in part.

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