- Ahead of the 2019 presidential election, a PDP aspirant, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, has spoken on his plans to restructure the country
- Tambuwal said that he will separate the offices of the accountant general and that of the attorney general of the federation if he is elected as president
- He said that he will do this to foster transparency, professionalism, and discipline in the conduct of government business
Aminu Tambuwal, the governor of Sokoto state, who is also a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, has said that he will bring about restructuring in the country's politics and economy through realistic strategies.
Tambuwal said that in order to foster transparency, professionalism, and discipline in the conduct of government business, he will separate the offices of the accountant general and that of the attorney general of the federation, if elected as president in 2019, Vanguard reports.
The aspirant said this as he revealed his vision and mission to PDP delegates in Katsina and Jigawa states. Tambuwal said:“For there to be transparency, fiscal discipline and professionalism, the office of the accountant general of the federation must be separated from that of the accountant general of the Federal Government.
"This will be one of the first key interventions of my government. The accountant general of the federation should be a pure professional, whose loyalty must be to the federation, not the Federal Government alone. In the same manner the Attorney General must not necessarily be the Minister of Justice and must not be a card-carrying member of any political party.
"The idea, for instance, of making a card carrying member of a political party an Attorney General of the Federation already compromises that office. The Attorney General ought not to be an agent of the government in power.
"The office should at all times serve the interest of the nation and the totality of the citizenry. To achieve a restructuring of these two critical offices of the federation, the former Speaker, House of Representatives, promised that his administration, shall initiate an amendment of the requirement of the constitution that says that every minister appointed by the federal government must be a card carrying member of a party in order to correct this .
"This is to ensure that the attorney general is a core professional that will work for the entire nation and deliver to the best of his ability, without prejudice.”
Moreover, he proposed the restructuring of the power sector through the empowerment of states using effective legislation to generate their own electricity.
“When I talk of restructuring, it doesn’t necessarily mean physical restructuring our land mass. I mean, instead, fiscal and institutional restructuring and the making of fundamental changes in other areas, to devolve more powers to the states and make them more effective in actualizing the aspirations of the citizenry.
“For instance, there is no reason why states should not facilitate power investments within their territories. To enable them do this, we shall move power generation ,transmission and distribution from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent legislative list,” he said.
Tambuwal argued that “the energy needs of many states can be addressed by harnessing mineral deposits of hydro, coal or sunlight, as the case may be."
He accused the federal government of paying lip service to the issue of minimum wage, pointing out that when government proposes an increase in the national minimum wage it should also send corresponding bill to the National Assembly to review the federal allocation to states, so they can also bear the cost of the increased wage bill.
He further said: “Nigerians will have a leader that will make them proud at home and in the comity of nations."
Concerning his reason for visiting Alhaji Sule Lamido who is a contestant for the PDP ticket, Tambuwal said: “My visit to a political father, who is also one of the founding fathers of our great party is a home coming for me.
"The beauty of politics without bitterness is that it makes you focus on the humanity of others and the common good.
"It points you to the transience of everything except the good works we leave behind. We need this attitude if we wish to build a new Nigeria. Remember that it was a meeting with an elder brother and co-contestant from my home state of Sokoto that led to the emergence of a governorship candidate endorsed by all in the most peaceful party primaries held in the country so far."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that Tambuwal said his decision to contest the presidency was because of the poor performance and failure of the current administration.
He said: “The focus of every Nigerian in 2019 is to vote for a president that is pan-Nigerian. A man who is not an ethnic jingoist or religious bigot.
“We are all aware that the present government is desperate to perpetuate itself in power. They are ready to do those things outside the laws of the land to remain in power. That was why they have been harassing leaders like Governor Ayodele Fayose."
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