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APC Presents Report On True Federalism | The Precision

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The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) made
a public presentation of the report of its committee on True Federalism
yesterday, Wednesday January 31, in Abuja.
The
committee chaired by Kaduna state Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, was
charged with the responsibility to articulate the party’s position on
issues surrounding the country’s structure and mode of governance,
including resource control, state police, derivation principle and local
government autonomy.

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The
Chairman of the APC, Chief John Oyegun, in his opening remarks, deemed
the content of the report as the “considered views of the critical mass
of the nation”.
He
bemoaned the state of the country’s infrastructure, especially power
and the railway system, but expressed confidence that with the
implementation of the report, the infrastructural deficit as well as
other challenges, will be bridged.
On
his part, the Chairman of the committee, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, who was
represented by Mallam Uba Sani, said the committee, through the report,
has “defined the values that promote and connote true federalism, and
proposed a clear roadmap on implementing recommendations.”
The
presentation ceremony featured an interactive session where selected
members of the audience engaged with a panel made up of eminent
politicians and society leaders such as Hajiya Aisha Ismail, the former
Minister for Women Affairs, Mr Alfred Kemepado, Secretary-General of the
Ijaw Youth Council, and Mr Wale Osun.
Most
of the participants in their submissions, commended the APC for its
courage in articulating such views despite its position as the ruling
party, and called for speedy implementation.
Some
of the proposed recommendations in the report include; upward review of
current revenue formula in favour of states, provision of legal
framework for merging states, independent candidacy, and devolution of
powers to states by the Federal Government.
The
report also contains an action plan which details a step-by-step
approach of how the proposed recommendations can be implemented.

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