The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has called for a collective national endeavor to secure the necessary constitutional amendment.
The governor added that some persons or group are scared that restructuring would affect their political viability.
El-Rufai said this in a press statement by his Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye.
The statement which was shared on the governor’s social media handles, was titled, ‘Restructuring is a national endeavour, let’s realise it together.’
He said, “Restructuring is a pragmatic imperative for a more efficient governance structure in our country. It will enable a departure from excessive centralization, rebalance the federation and locate powers and responsibilities in the tier of government best able to effectively discharge them.
“Pragmatism advises cooperation in attaining this collective endeavor. However, recent comments from some regional groupings make it difficult to escape the suspicion that certain persons regard the realization of restructuring as a moment of peril.
“They appear to fear that the possibility of restructuring being actualized may erode their political viability or remove a platform for grandstanding. We assure them that they can always find new causes to pursue, post-restructuring, like working with others to ensure that the newly devolved governance structures work efficiently across the federation to deliver better outcomes for all our people.
“There is a unique opportunity for all Nigerians who believe in the merits of restructuring to work together to realise it. As a fundamental redesign of the anchors of the Nigerian state, restructuring can be achieved only by constitutional means and processes. This means that the National Assembly is the primary platform for attaining it, followed by the necessary concurrence by two-thirds of the state Houses of Assembly in the country, and presidential assent.”
The governor explained that restructuring would ensure that every part of the country has representation in the National Assembly.
He said, “States and interest groups that wish to advance restructuring can persuade any of their federal legislators to present the draft bills in the Report of the APC True Federalism Committee, for instance, or any other relevant draft legislation for consideration and passage by the federal legislature. This is the productive direction to consider, rather than revel in idle doubt and pessimism when the national interest is calling for active engagement.
“There is no extra-constitutional route to resolving a constitutional matter on which there exists reasonable consensus and for which draft bills have been prepared. As a body of Nigerians elected from constituencies across the country, the National Assembly is the veritable constitutional conference. Therefore, it is not helpful to seek to traduce its legitimacy, especially by persons who do not have any electoral mandate.”
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