Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo Province has called for the urgent restructuring of the country to reverberate the diversity and address the various misunderstandings and high rate of criminality in the polity.
Akeredolu made the phone on Fri in a statewide broadcast in commemoration of the 2021 Independence Daytime celebration.
The governor, who said the current system adopted in the county does not encourage ingenuity, famous that it is time for all patriots to unite and speak with one phonation .
He maintained that the current system in the country does not take into account the various status of the people, adding that the country faces serious challenges bordering on redefinition.
“It has go vital that the current structure be tinkered with in a fundamental way. It is no longer sustainable,” he said.
Spell noting that the country must not shy absent from the reality of her diversity, the Governor said the unique diversity which should ordinarily be a source of strength is gradually fitting the country’s albatross.
“Our country is blessed abundantly. There is hardly whatever division of this vastly endowed space that should not be self-sustaining. This ground should not be a location where starvation, poverty and a full general sense of lack predominate.
“We must be bold plenty to interrogate why these challenges appear perennial. We must not shy absent from the reality of our diversity which should, ordinarily, be a source of strength but is gradually fitting an albatross.
“We must inquire for the reasons why those who regarded themselves as brothers and sisters no longer sense comfortable seeing or accommodating one some other. We must be willing to face whatever system which has reduced the one time self-reliant sub-national entities to perpetual dependencies virtually.
“The states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria appear independent nominally at nowadays. Serious attempts must be made to homecoming our country to the path of progress trodden by the founding fathers. Witting efforts must be made by both the political and communal leadership in all the parts of the country to reorientate the people to comprehend the pristine values which held lofty promises for advancement,” he said.
“Consequently, I am of the firm view that this occasion affords us yet some other opportunity to reverberate deeply, on the current difficulties and proffer frank suggestions which will assist in addressing our fundamental challenges of nationhood.
“Our people must strive under a system which recognizes their God-given talents and promotes unique initiatives. All federating units must be less dependent on the Federal Regime for basic survival.”
Akeredolu, who commended the Federal Regime for the current victories recorded in the state of war against insurgents and terrorists in the northern part, also acknowledged the great strides taken in abridging the infrastructural deficits in the country.
“We must, notwithstanding, admonish on the instant necessity to restructure the polity in a mode that will engender progress and amity. There is no other way to solve the current socio-economic problems facing the country.
“The security challenges bedeviling the country will go a thing of the yesteryear whether proper devolution of powers is undertaken. The over centralization of the security architecture is a major impediment.
“Having a police force command structure in a country of over 200 million is not sustainable. The attempts by some states to complement the efforts of the security agencies are at best tokenistic. Allow each Province be in charge of internal security in its locality.
“As a corollary to this submission, each part must be encouraged to take charge of the resources in its area. A system which permits strangers to take over the mineral resources in a location without whatever recourse to local authorities encourages dispossession and promotes distress and want. Evolution of whatever given space must be in relation to the people,” he added.
He called on the legislators at the National Assembly to appear critically into the 1999 Structure as amended with a view to expunging and amending relevant provisions of the document which militate against the march towards nationhood.
Akeredolu also called on citizens to rededicate themselves to the ideals which assisted other nations to found abiding systems.
“We must restructure the country to reverberate our diversity. We must pursue policies which back up rebirth. We must interrogate, continually, an organisation which ensures that a country richly similar ours endowed continues to wallow in abject poverty and want,” Akeredolu said.
“We must create the country work for posterity. It is time to renegotiate, restructure and reinvent Nigeria for the good of all.”
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