Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Ekiti Governor Kayode Fayemi has said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has never abandoned the quest for restructuring.
He recalled that the party had projected restructuring as a core manifesto and set up the El-Rufai Committee to make recommendations to its leadership.
Fayemi said not only has the panel submitted its report, but concrete steps had also been made to make proposals to the National Assembly.
He drew attention to the commencement of constitution review by the Omo-Agege Committee, saying that it has rekindled.
The NGF chairman spoke with reporters in Lagos on preparations for the second year anniversary of his second term, gains and constraints of the administration, conflicts in Ekiti APC and agitations for true federalism.
To Fayemi, true federalism is the answer, adding that the onus is on the Nationa Assembly to look at the previous reports of National Conferences.
He said many recommendations along the line of restructuring, devolution and true federalism were embedded in the reports of the Niki Tobi Panel, the 2004 Conference set up by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the 2014 conference established by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Fayemi said: “We must confront our reality as a federation. The current structure is supportive of unitarist model. The state structure, for now, is problematic. There is a need to move towards devolution, not only of functions but also resources.”
The governor spoke on the quest fordecentralisation of security, noting the actualisation of the Southwest outfit, Amotekun, and efforts by the Federal Government to kick off community policing.
He said local policing is meaningful and more effective when it is premised on the potency of intelligence gathering in the local environment.Drawing a link between effective security and the local environment, Fayemi said:”Security cannot be unitarised. It must be devolved.”
The governor also took cognisance of the protagonists and antagonists of constitution reforms, saying:”There are entrenched conservative interests to keep Nigeria the way it is. There are also entrenched interests to reform Nigeria.”