- Senator Shehu Sani has called more opportunities for indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory
- Sani said more employment opportunities for the FCT natives would give the people a sense of belonging as citizens of Nigeria
- According to Sani, it would be unfair to continue marginalising FCT natives in the sharing of the resources
A human right activist and the senator who represented Kaduna central at the eight Senate, Shehu Sani has called on the federal government to create more opportunities for indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The former lawmaker who spoke to journalists at a ceremony to mark this year’s World Indigenous Peoples Day, in Abuja said more employment opportunities for the FCT natives would give the people a sense of belonging as citizens of Nigeria.
Sani said the federal government can achieve such feat through adequate compensation, distribution of political appointments and amenities among natives of the FCT.
“The federal government must give the FCT natives a sense of belonging; it should do so through adequate compensation, distribution of political appointments and amenities,” Sani said.
Stating that the problem faced by the natives of the FCT can be evidently seen in challenges faced by all Nigerians, Sani said it would be unfair to continue marginalising FCT natives in the sharing of the resources.
“The problem of Abuja can be located in the general problem we face as a country and our refusal to reconfigure ourselves politically, socially and economically. This has brought us to where we are today."
“Nation building with proper legislation and adjudication in place can become a blessing to any nation when her citizens are developed as against decimation of her values," Sani said.
He also said that the government must take the responsibility of addressing the plight of FCT indigenes and every other geopolitical zone by giving all sides a fair hearing.
He further called for the restructuring of Nigeria to encourage each geo-political zone to develop along its area of best comparative advantage.
“We must restructure for peaceful coexistence and development; restructuring will return the country to the winning formula of the past that facilitated its socio-economic development."
"The north central zone can optimise its mechanised agricultural potential and harness the Rivers Niger and Benue valleys not just for irrigation, but also for hydroponic farming," Sani said.
According to the former lawmaker, the zone can learn transit into heavy industries, including steel manufacturing and auto-manufacturing, while harnessing the rivers as inland waterways and tourist attractions.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Sani had called for the rotation of power to the southern region of the country in 2023.
Sani who was reacting to Governor Nasir El-Rufai's call for abolishing of power rotation said it would be unfair for a southerner not to become Nigeria's president in 2023.
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