- Ike Ekweremadu insists Nigeria needs to be restructured as every region will benefit from this change
- According to the deputy Senate president, the north thinks the oil revenue would not come to them any longer; that is what they understand as restructuring
- The PDP chieftain said the issue of restructuring must be properly explained for people to buy into it
The deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, has said the restructuring of the country will benefit every region and suggested that northern leaders be engaged on its benefits.
Vanguard reports that the deputy Senate president reportedly said the north was afraid that oil revenues will not get to them if the country is restructured.
He explained the need to engage leaders and stakeholders “including ordinary citizens in the north on the importance of restructuring.
“Restructuring is something I think we must do if we want this country to move forward. Unfortunately, we have not been able to do that. We are just taking it that everybody is on the same page with us on it which is not true.
“We need to sit down and explain to the leaders in the north and ordinary people, especially about how it will benefit everybody because for me, there is something in it for everybody. What they think is that the oil revenue would not come to the north any longer; that is what they understand as restructuring," he said.
Ekweremadu said each state must cater for the need of its people and gave the example of Canada.
He explained the Canadian government uses the revenue generated from the tax collected from states to help build physical infrastructures such as schools and hospitals.
The PDP chieftain said the issue of restructuring must be properly explained for people to buy into it. According to him, people are going to oppose you if you are talking about restructuring and not explaining to them how you are going to take care of those who are less endowed.
He said: “If we have that kind of system (Canadian) and the people are sure that whether they have oil or not, they will still be able to go to school and have access to security and other facilities, with all that explanation, yes, they would be able to listen to you.”
Meanwhile, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, has restated his commitment to the restructuring of the country if voted into power.
Atiku gave the assurance on Tuesday, January 22, in Owerri, at the southeast presidential rally organised by the PDP.
He charged the people of the southeast to remain dogged in their quest for a government that would sympathise with their desires and aspirations. He further promised to introduce economic policies that would enable businesses to thrive and give the Igbos their pride of place in the country.
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