NIGERIA: Yuguda Advocates Constitution Review for More Funds to States, LGs

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 The Governor of Bauchi State, Mallam  Isa Yuguda,  Thursday called for the review of the nation’s constitution such that would make more
funds available for the states and local governments from the federation account.

Speaking in Ado-Ekiti  Thursday as a guest speaker at a programme organised by the National Coalition of Yoruba Youth Summit, Yuguda
also added that the provision of the constitution would also allow states to have  some measures of control over their resources, especially solid mineral resources currently on the exclusive list.

Represented by his Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Alhaji Mohammeed Adamu Lasisi in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, Yuguda
also called for the modification of the presidential system of government being practised in the country which is American model to suit the country’s purpose, saying the cost of governance was on the high side.

Yugudu, who spoke on “Nigerian Federalism: The journey so far and the way forward,” said the redefinition of the nation’s federalism would not only reduce the incessant conflicts in the country but also enhance a sense of belonging to the federating units and ensure an all-round developmental strides across the country thereby uplifting the living standard of the people.

He expressed confidence that only true federalism could resolve the problems confronting the nation and ensure the corporate existence of the country.

The National President of the group, Mr. Wale Ayeni, appealed to political leaders to engage youths in productive measures especially
as the nation prepares for another round of elections. He called on youths to avoid anybody that would want to use them for unproductive ventures.

Ayeni, who commended President Goodluck Jonathan for appointing a sizeable youths into his cabinet, said this was the first time that youths would be adequately represented in the federal cabinet.

According to him, “With the review of resource allocation through a review of the revenue allocation formula on the principle of equity,
the devolution of power should also follow. To this end, items on the exclusive and concurrent lists should be reviewed to the extent that the federal government would be left with the responsibilities on matters of defence, external affairs, currency, internal security and

“Most of the items on the concurrent list like education, health, agriculture, environment, water, among other, could be devolved to the
states with the concomitant effect on the local government.” Also, the Senior Special Assistant on Youth and Student Matters to the President, Mr. Jude Imagwe, described the youths as the leaders of tomorrow and urged them to cooperate with security agents to ensure adequate security in the country.

He added: “It is only you that can tell us where Nigeria will be in the future. It is your responsibility to achieve a lasting peace and security in the country. We cannot live the issue of security to the security agents alone; we should cooperate with them to ensure lasting

“The elders have made mistakes of leadership; the younger generation looks up to us to offer them a better Nigeria

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