Nigeria built on fraudulent federalism -Amosun


By; Niyi Ogungbola, Abeokuta.
The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, thursday said that the federalism being practiced in Nigeria is fraudulent.
He stated this in Abeokuta while delivering the 2016 commemorative lecture of Democracy Day, with the theme: “Democracy in Nigeria, the pains, the gains: Ogun example” organized by Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ogun State Council.
According to him, the resources allocated to the centre when compared to the one allocated to the states was quite disproportionate, given the fact that states have more responsibilities than the centre.
“The federalism enshrined in our Constitution is an important area of our democracy. But do we have a good federalism in Nigeria?
“What we have in Nigeria has been described as fraudulent federalism, because a federalism that put all the power, all the levy and all the money at the centre but put all the responsibility at the state is not a good federalism.
“Today in Nigeria the federal government takes 74 percent of wealth of the Nation, the 36 states and Abuja share 26 percent.
“But the states are given all the bureau agencies. So there is pain. For example, Ogun state as an example has 70 bureau agencies, most of these agencies require the state to support their activities financially” Amosun stated.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, Amosun noted that in the past 16 years of democratic rule in the country there have been pains and gains, both at all levels of governance.
Expressing optimism, he said that as the country progress, the fledgling democracy in the country would continue to be refined.
According to him “Whether it is perfect or imperfect, let us continue to refine it and refine it until it gets to an acceptable level.”
He noted that the story of the country’s new democratic experience would be incomplete without mentioning the names of the late acclaimed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola and President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He also commended the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat even before the elections results were announced, without recourse to violence or the intrigues of election tribunal.
On the present economic hardship confronting Nigerians, the governor appealed to them to endure as their pains would soon be over.
“As the saying of the elders that when our mothers are going into the labour room, they are usually in so much pain but after the baby is born, they will smile. By God’s grace, that will be the story of Nigeria at the end of the day” Amosun stated.


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