- Governor Kayode Fayemi has added his voice to the loud calls insisting Nigeria must restructure immediately
- The Ekiti state governor stated that a restructured federation will work effectively for Nigeria and benefit the citizens
- The governor further noted that restructuring is an urgent national assignment that all political stakeholders must carry out soon
Lagos - Ekiti state governor and chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said Nigeria needed a restructured federation that would allow for a greater degree of decentralisation of power in order to have a country that works for its citizens.
Fayemi made this statement on Thursday, December 9 in Lagos, when he delivered a lecture at an event organised by the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs.
ThisDay newspaper quoted the governor as saying:
“Nigeria should embrace political restructuring through a national dialogue before it is too late.”
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Budget Office says restructuring will help Nigeria cut costs
Similarly, the Budget Office of the Federation has said restructuring Nigeria into six regions is pivotal to reducing the high cost of governance.
Punch newspaper reports that the Budget Office noted that the number of ministers also needs to be pruned and the number of political office holders and their aides reduced.
Professor Jega says Nigeria needs short-term restructuring before 2023 polls
On his part, a former national chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega has said there is a need for a short-term restructuring.
According to him, the short-term measure must be carried out before the general elections in 2023, adding that it will help address some of the challenges facing the country.
Jega, however, accused the National Assembly and the federal government of lacking the political will to restructure the country.
Afenifere makes plan for actualising restructuring before 2023
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the leader of the Afenifere group, Ayo Adebanjo on Thursday, November 11, said the Yoruba socio-political organisation would mount pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure Nigeria undergoes restructuring.
Adebanjo said it is important that restructuring is actualised in Nigeria before the 2023 general elections.
He also noted that despite an initial agreement to restructure the country before President Buhari assumed office, he (Buhari) has failed to heed the call of the people on the issue.