A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, on Thursday said that the upcoming National Conference would give birth to a new Nigeria.
Falae was one of the speakers at the 4th Middle Belt Leaders Conference in Jos.
Speaking on the topic, “Making the Best of the National Conference: Focus on Key Issues,” Falae emphasised that Nigeria would not disintegrate contrary to the views of some people.
He, however, said that Nigeria was beset with myriad of problems in structure and leadership, which the National Assembly could not address.
According to him, putting such issues to the people for input will help in resolving them, leading to a new dawn for Nigeria in her leadership direction.
He said that some of the fundamental issues to be addressed at the conference include the structure of the country and the best form of government for it.
“The present structure of the country calls for a review, there is the need to decentralise the governance structure in terms of revenue allocation to states and local governments,” he said.
According to Falae, what gets to states and local governments from the federation account cannot engender their development.
Falae, also a former Minister of Finance, said that the South-West geopolitical zone favoured a return to the parliamentary system of government.
He said that the South-West wanted a return to the parliamentary system because its elections were cheaper to run.
Falae said that the issue of resource control should be discarded as oil could dry up at anytime, but in its place, a special grant should be made to oil bearing states.
Similarly, a former governor of Anambra, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, spoke on the topic, “That We May Live Together in Peace”.
He said that the people of the South-East favoured a return to the parliamentary system of government.
According to him, the choice is informed by the fact that 80 per cent of the nation’s annual budgets are used for servicing recurrent expenditure as against 20 per cent for capital projects.
“I see a new Nigeria in the horizon; we have waited long enough for it, the manifest destiny of Nigeria is to grow into a super power,” he said. (NAN)