Devolution of power good for Nigeria – Kano governor

 Acheme Jack, Kano

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Governor of Kano state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has reiterated the need for devolution of power from the centre to various states and local governments in the nation to enhance good governance.

Ganduje stated this in Kano Government House, north western Nigeria while receiving the Kano 30-member Committee on True Federalism.

The committee wa set up by the state government to project the views of Kano in the on-going debate for true federalism and restructuring.

According to him, there was the need to take the issue of true federalism to be debated at the regional and state levels.

“We found it imperative to bring this issue so that  it can be debated at the national level, at regional level; and I am aware that the Northern Governors’ Forum constituted a similar Committee which has been working. We also have a similar Committee at the party level. And now in our own case, we have it at the state level,” the governor said.

He said the development and debate should be considered as a very important ingredient of democracy, as such it should not be antagonized, pointing out that “it is an issue that we should welcome because democracy is dynamic.”

He said the present system of government was an off-shoot of the military regime, which operated on a unitary system of government with so much power concentrated at the top.

“So, you can see that from time to time, we can see how we can make some adjustment in our constitution. There is no doubt that the Federal Government has the element of unitary system, because the military itself was a unitary system so the child that came from the military must also have some features of unitary system.

“That was why the Federal Government became so bogus, the Federal Government became so strong in terms of responsibilities and in terms of revenue of the country itself – so that one on itself needs to be revisited,” Ganduje explained.

Briefing the governor on the workings of the Committee, its chairman, Dr. Sule Yahaya Hamma said the Committee which has met 24 times since its inauguration in November, 2017, has held meetings with the Emir of Kano, traditional rulers, religious leaders, Islamic scholars, market women, students’ union, civil society organizations and other relevant agencies whose contributions formed part of the recommendations of the Committee.