Kano State governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, yesterday said, there is need for power to be devolved from the federal level to enthrone true federalism, noting that the North is not afraid to discuss true federalism.
He disclosed that Kano State government instituted a 30 – man committee to suggest ways to entrench the principles and structure of true federalism.
He dismissed insinuation that Northern Nigeria and their leaders are afraid to comment on the call for true federalism started by leaders from Southern parts of Nigeria.
Ganduje said, “ The North is not afraid of discussing or speaking on true federalism started by Southern parts of the country.”
Ganduje, who played host to the 30 –man committee headed by Alhaji Sule Yahaya Hamza, noted that no progressive minded Nigerian will fear to discuss issues that will be of immense benefit to the citizenry.
“There is no doubt, that the federal government has an element of unitary system, because military itself was a unitary system and as a child that came out from the military, it would also have some features of unitary system, that is the reason why the federal government became so big in terms of responsibilities and in terms of revenue of the country itself, hence there is need to revisit all these”, he said.
Ganduje further said, “I believe that federal government should devolve some of its responsibilities to state governments, while state governments should equally devolve some powers to local governments as I earlier mentioned.
“ The issue of true federalism to them is the only way out, because one part of the country is cheating other parts, and in view of this we found it imperative to bring this issue, so that it can be debated at national level and regional level. We are aware that the Northern Governors Forum also instituted similar committee, which has been working, even at party level and now in our case at state level.”
Earlier, chairman of the committee, Alhaji Sule Yahaya Hamza, said prominent stakeholders including traditional rulers and religion leaders as well as academics made presentations to the committee.
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