- Prof Charles Soludo has urged the federal government to implement the APC committee’s report on restructuring
- He said some of the recommendations of the committee, headed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, held great promises for the country’s development
- Soludo also added that there is a need to put restructuring as part of the ballot for the 2019 election in the interest of progress
A former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof Charles Soludo, on Wednesday, August 1, called on the federal government to implement the All Progressives Congress (APC) committee’s report on restructuring as a step to re-position the country.
Soludo made the call in Lagos while delivering the inaugural lecture of the Ndigbo Lagos Foundation with the theme, The Political Economy of Restructuring the Nigerian Federation, NAN reports.
NAIJ.com notes that the APC committee on true federalism was constituted by the party in August 2017.
It was set up to consider and make recommendations to the National Working Committee (NWC) on key items relating to the Nigerian federation and the agitations for “true federalism” or “restructuring”. The committee submitted its report to the party in January 2018.
Soludo said some of the recommendations of the committee, headed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, held great promises for the country’s development. He said if such recommendations as creation of state police, resource control and abolishment of the local government system were implemented, the country would be set on the path of progress in just three months.
The ex-CBN governor said the APC had the opportunity to walk its talk on restructuring to re-position the country, as it controlled the government.
He said: “As a first step to restructure the country, let us start with a low hanging fruit — the APC's minimum template.
“The APC Committee on Restructuring has many interesting recommendations, but three stand out. It is our opinion that this will be a significant step forward. So, what is holding action on this? The APC currently controls 24 states or thereabouts, plus a majority at the National Assembly .
“The import of this is that if the APC as a political party decides to walk its talk, it can give Nigeria these changes within three months or before the end of 2018.
“Now that the bill for state police is before the National Assembly, why can’t we follow up with the other ones?”
He said that the political class was not committed to the agenda of restructuring because they feared it would dismantle their privileges in the current structure.
The former CBN governor said there was the need to abandon such inertia to act in the interest of this country.
Soludo said what politicians had demonstrated as the 2019 elections approached was theatre and little substance. He said there was the need to put restructuring as part of the ballot for the election in the interest of progress.
A former secretary-general of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaokwu, who chaired the occasion, urged citizens to be committed to the Nigerian project. He said the country would be where everyone wanted to be if all played their part.
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that a 10-man committee was set up by the All Progressives Congress, to articulate the party’s position on the issue of the country’s restructuring.
Nasir El-Rufai, the Kaduna state governor, was named as chairman of the committee, while Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi was named as the committee’s secretary.
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