The National Assembly in the ongoing constitution amendment is proposing to remove mineral resources control from the exclusive list to the concurrent list.
This, according to the legislators will enable state governors develop all the mineral resources in their various states.
This is part of the amendment to be contained in the new constitution expected to be out by March this year for onward transmission to the president for his assent, Vanguard is reporting.
Also, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Leo Ogor, explained that removing mineral resources from the exclusive list was aimed at taking the country back to its good olden days where regions developed their resources in their areas and used them to develop the regions without resorting to the Federal Government.
“Some of us have proposed some amendments to those provisions (mineral resources in exclusive list). We asked for some of them to be deleted and actually place in the hands of the Federal Government the core responsibility of providing security. “We have proposed a removal of virtually everything in the exclusive list and leave very minimal responsibility for the Federal Government. It has major advantage. It will make sure that this whole fight over who becomes the President becomes unnecessary.
“We are one of the richest nations, blessed with so much resources, minerals and non minerals, but nobody is tapping them because we mistakenly found oil. I think the day we discovered oil was our dooms day. So we need to ask if we want to live for oil or oil will live for us. “My emphasis, the non mineral resources will also be tapped by the various states and not the Federal Government where we pay tax to the central system.”
On some of the items that are expected to be removed from the exclusive list to the concurrent, he said: “As many as possible, agriculture, mineral resources, trade, etc.” The Federal Government is not supposed to be saddled with all those responsibilities, the exclusive list is too many.