The Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, has again canvassed for the restructuring of the country in order to give a constitutional role to the traditional rulers across the country.
Oba Aladetoyinbo stated this at the 2018 special colloquium organized by the Nigerian Association for Public Administration and Management, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
The monarch who was the royal father of the event said: “You can imagine that the traditional rulers do not have any specific role in this current arrangement.”
At the colloquium titled: “The Restructuring Debate; Nigeria’s path to greatness”, The first class Monarch explained that monarchs are the closest to their people and wield great influence among their subjects yet they are not well positioned to be of help to their subject.
The monarch also urged the State Assemblies to expedite action on the granting of local government autonomy.
In his own remarks, the Chairman of the event and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, said that the federal government is not sincere about restructuring.
Falae affirms that the All Progressives Congress, APC -led federal government had continued to pay lip service to the clamour for the restructuring of the country.
According to him, this is evident in their lukewarm attitude towards the implementation of the report of Confab.
Falae said, “If you take a good look at the content of that report, you will see that some of the current challenges bedevilling the nation have been addressed by the recommendations.
“The issue of state police, resource control, local government administration and lots more had been adequately taken care of. The government must show concern and respond to the yearnings of all Nigerians.”
Earlier, the guest speaker at the colloquium, Engr Rotimi Fasakin, the executive director, Operations of NIMASA stressed the need for Nigerians to see restructuring beyond secession which is being canvassed by some section of the nation.
Fasakin said, “I do not have anything against restructuring and I know the APC as a government is not against it. I believe that there is a systemic failure in the nation but my view is that the restructuring should begin with value and cultural reorientation which is the harbinger of any meaningful restructuring.”
Also, an Abuja-based Lawyer and social critic, Barr Kayode Ajulo lambasted the federal government for the way in which it handles the security of the nation.
Ajulo said, “We cannot afford to fold our arms and appear helpless in the face of these senseless killings that are ravaging the nation.
“You can imagine the number of innocent souls and displaced persons in the nation. How long shall we continue this way,” Ajulo queried.
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