By Nnamdi Mbawike
The Enugu State Chapter of the All Progressive Congress, (APC) has threw its weight behind the establishment of state police.
This is even as the State Chairman of the party, Dr Ben Nwoye has insisted that despite information in social media that Igbos want to secede, the Igbos want to be part of Nigeria and True Federalism.
Nwoye, who spoke earlier before the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu presented the memorandum of the Enugu State APC to the members of party’s Committee on True Federalism, Public Consultation in South East who visited Enugu for collection of memoranda for Enugu, Ebonyi and Anambra States.
Nwoye called on the good people of Enugu State to participate actively in the meeting as well to submit their memoranda.
He stated that the committee will offer platform for people to air their views on how the country could be restructured.
While presenting the Enugu Memoranda to the committee, Okechukwu advocated that Section 214(1) of the 1999 Constitution should be amended, saying establishment of state police will help to address the peculiar circumstances of each state.
On Fiscal Federalism and Revenue Allocation, Okechukwu said “we propose that Section 162(2) of our Constitution shall be amended to – Provided that the Principle of Derivation shall be constantly reflected in any approved formula as being not less than 20% of revenue accruing to the Federation Account directly from any natural resource.”
His words: “We subscribe to Local Government Council Financial Autonomy, whereby amount standing to the credit of Local Government Council shall be paid directly from the Federation Account. Thus amending Section 162(5) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
“To harvest the envisaged autonomy of the Local Government Councils and empower them to serve the people at the grassroots; we demand for the repeal of State Independent Electoral Commission, because the ugly history of elections conducted by the State Independent Electoral Commission nationwide will defeat the intendment of the autonomy.
“The lessons of history in sustained liberal democracy admonished that the Art of Compromise should be explored to the fullest to hit a middle ground for the interest of our collective interest and corporate existence of our dear nation.” He stated.